Staying Healthy 


The Greater Bangor Area is known for its green space, fresh air and clean waters.

Bangor has several opportunities for walking and jogging in natural settings. The City of Bangor maintains several trails for recreational use such as Brown Woods, Essex Woods and the Bangor City Forest. The Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog Walk feature miles of trails, as well as interpretive signage to educate visitors about the flora and fauna of this unique area. Bangor Land Trust created several walking trails within the 800 acres of conserved lands they maintain.

Man jogging or waking outdoors on a footpath or trail concept for healthy lifestyle, sport exercising, running and fitness

The area is surrounded by some of the cleanest waterways available. Swimming, canoeing and kayaking are available in lakes, streams and rivers just a short drive from the city center. Pushaw Lake is the largest body of water in the Bangor area and it is great for flat water canoeing and kayaking, as well as having public beaches for picnics and swimming. There is boat launch access to the Penobscot River, suitable for all types of watercraft, in both Brewer and Hampden.

The Greater Bangor region is rich in agricultural history and you can still see that in the roadside farm stands throughout the region and the local farmers markets. The downtown outdoor Farmers Market is a community market that is located in the parking lot across the street from the Bangor Public Library. The market offers a wide variety of products: apples, cider, weggies, pork, beef, lamb, chicken, eggs, fresh dairy, maple syrup, honey, breads, baked goods, and more, all grown and produced locally. In the winter they move inside, for more information check out Many restaurants in the area offer farm-to-table cuisine using locally sourced ingredients. You can also get all types of fresh seafood straight from the docks to the table.

photo of family in canoe on maine lake
Sebec Lake
Photo By Mark McCall

Should an unfortunate accident happen, you need not worry. Bangor is home to some of the finest medical providers in the state. Northern Light Health offers daily walk-in care services, for minor injuries or illnesses, at two convenient locations in Bangor. If the need is more serious, call 911. Bangor is home to two of the largest hospitals in the state, both of which offer state of the art Emergency Room services.