The Four Seasons Adventure Trail (a.k.a. the Newport/DoverFoxcroft Rail-Trail) runs between Newport and Dover-Foxcroft, linking five towns, two rivers, three lakes and a range of pristine landscapes. Extending from State Route 7 in Newport to its northern terminus near Fairview Street in Dover-Foxcroft, the corridor is used by hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, dogsledders, equestrians, snowmobilers and ATV riders. An alternative route between the towns of Newport, Corinna, Dexter, Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft, the trail also links to the central Maine Interconnected Trail System.
Despite busy weekends, the trail affords a very pleasant mountain bike trek, with plenty of side trips and places to stop for provisions. In summer, watch for the many humps and dips in the soft surface, which puddle after excessive rains. The trail borders lakes and streams and traverses farmland, woodland and wetland areas.
In Newport, the trail briefly skirts the shore of Sebasticook Lake and its charming lakeside residences. Farther along, where the trail crosses State Route 7/11 in Corinna, an intriguing antique shop, general store and café provide local color and a relaxing diversion. Rejoining the trail, you'll glimpse the east branch of the Sebasticook River.
The town of Dexter (once the home of Dexter shoes) offers a grocery and sandwich shop, as well as a trail link to Lake Wassookeag. Summer wildflowers line the trail just north of town.
Parking and Trail Access
To reach the Newport trailhead, take Interstate 95 to State Route 7 north. Trailhead parking is on the right side of Route 7, just north of the town center.
The Dover-Foxcroft trailhead is near the junction of State Routes 7, 15 and 6. From the junction, travel west on SR 6 just over 1 mile. Trailhead parking is on the right.
Great for horseback riding!
Google Maps' walking directions says this Rail Trail is 9 miles from Newport to Corinna, 8 miles from Corinna to Dexter, and 12 miles from Dexter to Dover-Foxcroft.
Excellent place for horseback riding, good footing and visibility down the trail. Don't ...
We took hybrids, starting from north trailhead, and were able to go a few miles, but this trail is basically for ATVs--at least 15 passed us in an hour or so. Very nice people, but trail surface has become quite rutted from the vehicles. In places, stone ...
"There IS parking now for folks using the trails. Stay on Route 7 north headed out of town and just after you cross the old railroad tracks (before the Ford dealership), you'll see a Park & Ride lot."