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.

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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
  • 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 — Get Your Adventure On!

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

Run through the UMF 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
  • Geo-caching in Farmington
  • Snowshoeing Pratt Mountain

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?

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!