Pineland has over 5,000 acres of beautiful woodlands and fields which are open to the public for various outdoor activities.

Our exceptional outdoor facilities include approximately 30 kilometers of professionally designed, well-kept trails for biking and walking. We are enthusiastic about providing year-round activities, including trail running, walking and hiking, orienteering, mountain biking, tennis, Nordic skiing, dry-land Nordic ski training and ice skating.

Orienteering

Orienteering is the sport of navigating in unknown terrain. Using a map and a compass, participants locate a series of checkpoints called controls. The challenge comes in determining the most efficient route around the course by interpreting land features indicated on the map. It is like a treasure hunt on the run.

Summer/Fall 2013

Pineland Farms has 2,500 acres of mapped terrain for use in orienteering events. Our course has been the host site for the U.S. Night and Relay Orienteering Championships as well as the Maine Games. The public is invited to use our permanent course — we can also accomodate special, scheduled programs. To learn more about orienteering for schools and groups, please contact us.

All programs begin at the Outdoor Center located on the ground floor of the Welcome Center.

Please be aware that Pineland Farms does not allow dogs on the premises, in an effort to ensure the greatest safety of all visitors to the farm and for the safety of Pineland Farms' animals.

About Orienteering

Course Colors

While its roots are in Scandinavia, orienteering is an international sport with world-wide participation. Enjoyed by a wide variety of age groups and abilities, courses are color-coded to provide beginners to experts with mental as well as physical challenges.

  • White: very easy, 1-1.5k in length, usually follows trail
  • Yellow: easy, 1-2.5k in length, follows trails with some controls off-trail
  • Orange: medium, 2-3k in length, more off-trail controls with route choices
  • Red: medium, longer course of 4.5-6k
  • Light green: Medium-hard, 3-4k in length, greater use of contours for controls
  • Green: Hard, 3.5-4.5k in length, fine compass and contour reading skills required
  • Blue:┬áHard, 4.5-6.5k in length, physically demanding
  • Brown:┬áMost difficult, 6.5k or more in length, advanced skills required

Orienteering is fun and challenging. For the most success, start with a beginner course and work your way up through the skills. Most orienteering meets offer clinics before the competition and will let you try more than one course.

Rules

At a local event, participants copy control points onto their map from a master map. After receiving a control description card and a control punch card, they report to the starting table to begin. The description card identifies the feature where orienteers will find the control at each check point, and the punch card verifies to the officials that the correct control was found. Often, the fastest route between controls is not the shortest route. Finding the best route is part of the fun. Even if you don't complete a course, it is important to always check in at the finish so that organizers know you are not lost.

Gear

When you go orienteering, it is important to remember to watch your footing and be aware of your surroundings. You will want to wear long pants if you are trying a course other than white to protect your legs from scratches or scrapes. Trail sneakers or light hiking shoes are good footwear, but don't be surprised if your feet get wet when you go off-trail. A simple compass is all that is needed to make sure your map is oriented to north. Take along some water and bring a whistle in case you get lost or injured. Remember: Always check in at the finish when you are done.

Map

Pineland Farms has the largest orienteering course in Maine, with 2,500 acres currently mapped and mapping of the remaining acreage in the progress.