Farmington is ideally situated at the gateway to world-class skiing and snowboarding, just off the Appalachian Trail, and smack in the middle of some of the best hiking, mountain biking, camping, skiing, snowboarding, rafting and kayaking in the entire northeast.

They’re so close, we consider the spectacular mountains, lakes and rivers — and everything they offer — to be a natural extension of our campus. And here, we take full advantage of the epic opportunities right in our backyard.

So if you’re into the outdoors (as many of our students and professors are) then Farmington is a perfect location to spend your college years.

It’s All Right Outside Your Door

  • Sugarloaf Ski Resort (45 min)
  • Sunday River Ski Resort (1:15 hr)
  • Saddleback Ski Area (1:25 hr)
  • Maine Huts & Trails System (35 min)
  • The Forks, Kennebec River, Dead River (60 min)
  • Titcomb Mt. Ski Area (7 min)
  • Belgrade Lakes (20 min)
  • Appalachian Trail (45 min)
  • Mt. Blue State Park (45 min)
  • Bigelow Mountain (1:05 hr)

New Outdoor Recreation Program

The University has a proud and storied legacy of excellence in alpine skiing and snowboarding. But over the past year we’ve been working closely with outdoor recreation leaders to expand our focus into a full-bore, four-season Outdoor Recreation Program. We’ve developed an innovative, comprehensive program that will include outdoor activities, trips and excursions, equipment and gear sign-out/rentals, clinics and lessons, certification and training opportunities, and much more.

And these extra-curricular activities are also complemented by an array of academic offerings including a new interdisciplinary program, Outdoor Recreation Business Administration, plus minors and continuing ed opportunities.

Shakespeare in the Morning, Skiing and Riding by Noon

With Sugarloaf, Saddleback Mountain, and Sunday River in our backyard, we’re closer to more world-class ski resorts than is any college in New England. There’s even a small, community ski mountain right in town.

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?

The Hub of Your Epic Adventures

The UMF Fitness & Recreation Center is the hub of our new Outdoor Recreation Program. It’s where you’ll embark on your epic outdoor adventures, such as:

  • Hiking Tumbledown Mountain
  • Overnight camping at Gulf Hagas
  • Whitewater rafting the Kennebec River
  • Mountain biking the Carrabassett Rail Trail
  • Skiing at Saddleback
  • Snowboarding at Sugarloaf
  • Snow-tubing at Black Mountain
  • Snowshoeing on the Maine Huts & Trails System
  • Geo-caching in locations around Farmington

You can even sign out gear

  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Snowshoes
  • Camping gear
  • Tents
  • Hiking poles
  • And more gear being added

And When Your Parents Come to Visit

And when your folks come here to visit you, take them outside to play. Better yet, let them take you skiing, hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling — you name it.Take them golfing at picturesque Wilson Lake Country Club in the neighboring town of Wilton, the nearby Belgrade Lakes Golf Club, named one of Golf Digest’s “America’s Best Public Golf Courses.” Or spend the day at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, perennially a Golf Digest “Top 100 America’s Greatest Golf Course.”

And if they’re into freshwater fishing, don’t forget the University of Maine at Farmington was named by Fly Rod & Reel magazine as one of the Top Ten colleges in the nation for fishing — the only school in Maine to make the list. There are loads of great spots for fly fishing or spin-casting, just minutes from campus.

Just be careful. Your parents may have so much fun visiting you here, they won’t want to leave!