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Known as Vacationland, Maine offers over 14,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. The state has rapidly become the top sledding destination in New England. This article lists the most popular regions in Maine for sledding and details how to properly prepare for a safe and enjoyable snowmobile trip.

Aroostook County is the northernmost county in the state. it is considered to have the best trail riding experience in the eastern United States and was named one of the top ten best places to snowmobile in North America. Snowfall is plentiful here and usually measured in feet rather than inches.

First and foremost, safety should be considered when heading out on the trails. Maine winters can get bitterly cold so proper clothing is essential. Outer layers should be windproof and waterproof. Clothing should be worn in layers. Do not wear long scarves or loose clothing as they can get caught in moving parts of the machine. Emergency supplies such as spare spark plugs, waterproof matches, rope, a knife, extra clothing, and a first aid kit, should be carried at all times. Be sure to also have a working flashlight with extra batteries, spare fuel, and a map of your route. Checking the battery, headlights and fuel levels before you leave can prevent unpleasant surprises later. Stay on marked trails whenever possible and use extreme caution when crossing bodies of water. Lastly, let
family or friends know where you will be traveling and when you expect to return.

There are also some rules and regulations riders should familiarize themselves with before setting out on a trip. To ride on the trail system, residents and non-residents are required to register their sleds in Maine. Approved helmets must be worn at all times. There are restrictions as to where you can ride too. Snowmobiles are not allowed in cemeteries, on a plowed road, or along railroad tracks, for example. Maine’s tough OUI laws apply when operating a snowmobile. These are just a few things to keep in mind before hitting the trails.

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