Limestone Maine abounds with year-round recreational activities including biking, swimming, golfing, hiking, canoeing, fishing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Here are a few areas of the community that we think you would enjoy as either a daytrip, a weekend visit or even during a longer stay. In addition, please check our Local Events Calendar to see when specific events may be taking place.
The community pond and Albert Michaud Memorial Park area provide a number of outdoor recreational activities which include swimming, canoeing and fishing in the community pond and an equipped children's park area, baseball and softball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, and a picnic area. The community pond meets the highest water quality standards and was built during 1976.
Trafton Lake, an 85-acre recreation area just three miles from downtown (located on Ward Road), has extensive picnicking facilities as well as a bathhouse, beach, swimming area, boat launching ramp, general play area and a small playground for the warmer months. There is also a trail system for hiking and is groomed in the winter for snowshoeing & cross country skiing. Trafton Lake also boasts a beautiful campground.
Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge, located on part of the former Loring Air Force Base, was established in 1998 when 4,700 acres were transferred by the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. The refuge offers several trails totaling approximately 6 miles, taking you through the various habitats and allowing you the opportunity to potentially see moose, black bear, and up to twenty species of warbler in their natural habitat. Mid-May through June and September are the best times to see the refuges' wildlife.
Limestone Country Club, a nine-hole golf course that is one of the longest courses in the state of Maine. The fairways are lined with beautiful Evergreens, Tamaracks, and Hardwoods. Strategically placed sand bunkers and water hazards surround the elevated greens creating challenging shots for golfers of every skill level.
Spud Speedway, located on the Sawyer Road, is home of the best stock car racing in Aroostook County. There are seats available in the grand stands and in the pit area for your viewing pleasure with multiple concessions. Along with the regular racing, there are many special events including Mini-cup cars, Vintage racers, Late Model Sportsman races, Funny Car shows.
Historic Cemeteries are very prevalent within the town of Limestone. The Protestant Cemetery is the oldest, containing graves dating back to the 1860's; many of them belonging to the town's first citizens. The Kearney Cemetery, across from the St. Louis Catholic Church on Main Street also dates back to the same period. It contains much of the Kearney family and their relatives. The St. Louis Catholic Cemetery dates to the early 20th century, and has some interesting headstones which bear inscriptions in French and English. The Webster Cemetery, on Ward Road, also dates back to the founding of the town. All of these cemeteries have many beautiful and unique headstones which are worthy of taking rubbings of. Family lines and genealogy may also be traced through them. For more information, inquires may be made at the Limestone/Caswell Historic Museum and Information Center.
The Loring Military Heritage Center is also available for Loring Veterans, civilians, families and friends to view several priceless relics of Maine's military past. The Heritage Center is located in Limestone's Loring Air Force Base.
Limestone also provides direct access to the renowned snowmobile International Trail System (ITS). Snowmobiling on groomed trails, expertly maintained by the Limestone Snowhawks and area snowmobile clubs, provide an endless network of "highways" that crisscross Aroostook County. The trails are accessible to many local businesses for food, gas, or a cup of hot chocolate. The trails also interconnect to those in Canada.
In addition, Limestone hosts the largest Independence Day celebration in the County. Throughout the week, leading up to the 4th of July, there are many events for all ages, ranging from a Teddy Bear Picnic and the Strawberry Shortcake Festival to a Street Dance and Golf Tournaments. At 1PM on the 4th of July, the longest running parade begins on Main Street. Following the parade, activities begin at Trafton Lake with picnicking, food and game booths, and a live band for your listening pleasure. The day concludes with a breathtaking fireworks display at dusk reflecting over Trafton Lake.