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Explore the best rated trails in Orono, ME, whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Four Seasons Adventure Trail and University of Maine Bicycle Path . With more than 12 trails covering 142 miles you're bound to find a perfect trail for you. Click on any trail below to find trail descriptions, trail maps, photos, and reviews.

Recent Trail Reviews

Down East Sunrise Trail

Unfortunately not for biking, which is most ecologically sound, preserves the peaceful atmosphere, and provides healthy exercise

February, 2024 by debra.nygaard

Trail was ruined by loose stones, ruts, etc. cause primarily by ATV's and generally not rideable, even for wide tires used by a very experienced rider. Other reviews say the same thing. I don't understand why the powers that be allow ATV's on this "trail." Certainly there is support for a more sensible and appropriate use of the trail as well as lots of other places in Maine where you can ride your ATV. With all the need these days for clean air, energy conservation, healthy exercise for our population, preserving animal habitats, etc., why in the world would this continue to be supported along the entire trail no less!

Down East Sunrise Trail

Ski the DEST!

December, 2023 by icepilot139

I skied the entire trail over 6 days eastbound in February 2020. There were a few snow machines but they were never a problem. All were courteous and plenty of room to share the trail. Camping was fun and greatly aided by the picnic tables placed trailside. Very enjoyable trip!

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

Beautiful Ride

October, 2023 by debbiepch

Lots of bright yellow and gold foliage today on a wide flat trail. Some areas had washouts that were clearly marked. Overall it was a fantastic ride.

Accordion

Ellsworth Trail

Perfect walking trail, short, but very pleasant

September, 2023 by kerwooddr

Plenty of places to park at either end of this out and back trail. No ATVs allowed, obviously. Just a bit short of three miles, roundtrip. Very easy walk, only downside is that it's very much on the short side, less that 1.5 miles each way, out and back. No facilities along the trail, though there are plenty of opportunities to walk a few dozen yards to visit local businesses and eateries. Dog friendly, on leash please, and a dog waste disposal can is about halfway along the trail. Would that all walking trails made that accommodation!

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

Scenic ride

September, 2023 by joann.nelson76

Scenic ride

University of Maine Bicycle Path

Simple, uncomplicated

September, 2023 by kerwooddr

Straight through out-and-back bike path to and from the Orono campus and Old Town ME. One emergency call box was out of order the day we walked the bike path. Only a few bikers, others were walking/jogging or running. About 1/3 in shade. Walk right, ride left!

Lagrange to Medford Trail

Rode my minibike the full length and back. Pretty area. I had a great time.

August, 2023 by joeemcneil82

Rode my minibike the full length and back. Pretty area. I had a great time.

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

fun!

July, 2023 by w5y6t2jgvb

Rode this on a Friday with our gravel bikes; very few people; well-maintained with plenty of room for the ATVs we met to pass.

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

easy, pleasant walk

October, 2022 by tinsleym

Lovely, flat, well kept. I started a bit further back at the Belfast Boathouse, walked all the way out and back for almost 6 miles.

Penobscot River Walkway

Has a nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, people are dining to the side on restaurant patios

August, 2022 by rosalievalerio63

Has a nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, people are dining to the side on restaurant patios

Penobscot River Walkway

Nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, restaurants with people dining can be seen to the side, fine for a City Walk

August, 2022 by rosalievalerio63

Nice River view, can occasionally hear trains tooting, restaurants with people dining can be seen to the side, fine for a City Walk

Down East Sunrise Trail

Urban Weekend Warriors Be Prepared

July, 2022 by fennecfox1947

After biking the Aroostook Trail, I came down to Washington Junction for the Sunrise Trail. I encountered several ATVs but only one was miffed (it was a narrow section of sand/gravel around miles 3-4 and they honked at me and I stopped to let them by). I have a Trek Verve with decent tires that I use on the C&O Canal towpath gravel/dirt/and crush-and-run. My experience with the Sunrise trail from mile 1.7 to mile 12.5 is that it was 50-60% gravel with some sand, 20-25% hard-packed smooth dirt, and 20-25% really sandy gravel that was difficult to pedal through. I'm used to doing 30 miles on the easy towpath crush-and-run but after 21 miles on this trail I was exhausted (I'm 63, give me a break). Horseflies!! I wanted to stop to blow my nose but 7-8 horseflies were ready when I stopped so I kept going. I liked the trail and maybe I will check out the other end but the west end is not for the casual biker.

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