If you’re into the outdoors, Farmington is the perfect place to spend your college years. Situated at the gateway to world-class skiing and snowboarding, we’re also smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mt. biking, camping, rafting, canoeing and kayaking in the northeast.

Miles of trail running and mt. bike trails just off campus. Geocaching. Groomed Nordic skiing trails. Night skiing at Titcomb Mt. on the other side of town. The swim-able, paddle-able, fly-fishing-able Sandy River running right beside our athletics fields. Flint Woods and Bonny Woods trails a short walk up the street from campus. This is the perfect place to be.

Come Get Your Outdoors On

You can even sign out all kinds of outdoor gear through our Mainely Outdoors program, located right next door to the UMF Fitness and Rec Center.

And thanks to a generous donation from Sunday River and Sugarloaf, full-time UMF students get a FREE season pass to Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain and FREE learn-to-ski-and-ride lessons at Titcomb. Yes, FREE.

Our student-run Farmington Outing Club (FOC) is a great place to meet like-minded outdoors junkies or take them up on their offer to introduce you to the great outdoors and get you hooked like they are. They’re serious about sharing their passion with newcomers and are seriously a fun group.

It’s All Right Outside Your Door

  • Sugarloaf Ski Resort
  • Sunday River Ski Resort
  • Saddleback Ski Area
  • Maine Huts & Trails System
  • The Forks, Kennebec River, Dead River
  • Titcomb Mt. Ski Area
  • Belgrade Lakes
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Mt. Blue State Park
  • Bigelow Mountain

Mainely Outdoors — Active Outdoor Adventure!

To take full advantage of our perfect location, we also offer a backpack full of epic outdoor adventures through our Mainely Outdoors program.

Housed in its own building beside the UMF Fitness & Recreation Center (and run through the Fitness & Rec Center) Mainely Outdoors offers students, staff and community members a wide range of exciting outdoor opportunities: trips and excursions, equipment and gear sign-out/rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities, and much more.

Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a looking for a new challenge, we’ll get you out there.

  • Hiking Tumbledown Mountain
  • Overnight camping at Acadia National Park
  • Mountain biking the Carrabassett Rail Trail
  • Skiing at Saddleback
  • Flatwater kayaking North Pond
  • Snowboarding at Sugarloaf
  • Overnight camping at Gulf Hagas
  • Whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River
  • Snow-tubing at Black Mountain
  • Disc golf at Farmington’s Troll Valley
  • Hiking the Poplar Stream Falls trail
  • Snowshoeing the Maine Huts & Trails System
  • Sunset canoeing at Wilson Lake
  • Geocaching in Farmington
  • Snowshoeing Pratt Mountain
  • FREE season ski passes to Titcomb Mt and FREE learn-to-ski & ride lessons at Titcomb

Shakespeare in the Morning, Skiing and Riding by Noon

With Sugarloaf, Saddleback, and Sunday River in our backyard, we’re closer to more world-class ski resorts than is any college in New England. In fact, if you’ve skied Sugarloaf or Saddleback, you’ve probably driven right through our campus.

Where else can you take a Shakespeare class in the morning and then take Sugarloaf’s SuperQuad chairlift before noontime?

Get Your Shred On — FREE

Thanks to a generous donation from Sunday River and Sugarloaf, all full-time UMF students get a FREE season pass to Farmington’s Titcomb Mountain, just 10 minutes from campus.

Always wanted to try skiing and snowboarding? Well, UMF students also get FREE learn-to-ski-and-ride lessons at Titcomb. Yes, FREE — taught by fellow UMF students in our Alpine Operations Certificate program.

Titcomb also offers nighttime Alpine skiing and snowboarding; miles of Nordic skiing trails (many lighted); a terrain park; a gi-normous new outdoor fire pit for Après-skiing / riding hanging out; a cool rustic main lodge with beautiful fieldstone fireplace and a cafeteria serving homemade treats, burgers, the best french fries ever and poutine.

If you’re into the outdoors, as many of our students are, then UMF is a perfect location to spend your college years.