Second Nature Adventure Challenge provides a fun opportunity to get out into — and to get to know — three regions of Maine West.

The Androscoggin River is the lifeblood of the sleepy mill towns of the River Valley where hikers can traverse its banks or ascend to high ledges above its waters.

Small towns and villages dot the landscape of the Bethel Area where big mountains, skiing, and wonderful hiking opportunities abound.

Summering on the lakes and farming are both ways of life in the Oxford Hills where fields and water set the scene for walking in the western foothills of Maine.

Maine West is a place where recreation has long played a role in enhancing quality of life,  generating economic activity, and attracting new residents. Alongside a forest products industry that is vital to the region’s economy, outdoor recreation of all types helps shape the relationship between people and this vibrant landscape of hills, valleys, and mountains.

Maine West communities, like those in many rural places, also face real challenges. The area lags behind state and national trends on important health and wellness indicators, while demographic changes and a generally aging population present both challenges and opportunities for local communities.

We think that getting out in nature is a great way for people to address some of these challenges and to enjoy some of the area’s greatest assets. We invite the people who live, work, and play here to take a second look at this place. Take a walk or go for a hike and explore some of the special, lesser-known places that are waiting for you.