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Explore the best rated trails in Sanford, ME. Whether you're looking for an easy walking trail or a bike trail like the Eastern Promenade Trail and Northern Rail Trail. With more than 47 trails covering 289 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

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

old eastern marsh trail

November, 2022 by rickfragala

We rode it today 11/10/22, it was a 70 degree sunny November day. My son, who is disabled and I rode a tandem recumbent bike. We are trying to complete all the rail trails in New England. I have to say this was one of the most beautiful trails up to this point. The scenery changed all the time, from woods to marshlands to the Merrimack River. We will definitely do it again

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

awesome trail for all with common sense

November, 2022 by 9pq57wv6pf

Amazing to see all the ratings of this trail . Amazed at bicyclists who need to complain because they are having issues with crossing the rails . It does not take a college education to know that when you need to cross a obstruction in your path anywhere , you need to do so at as close to a 90 degree angle as possible . If you read the map , the posted signs , or see a obstruction and you question your skills you should stop and walk . I know it must be so hard to unclip and re clip your feet into your ordeals

Eastern Trail

nice trail

October, 2022 by nyedog27

Flat, quiet, road crossings are few over the first 8 miles and well lit/marked. No portapotties, which is unreasonable. Lovely ride thru forest and wetlands.

Accordion

Mountain Division Trail

Nice calm ride on an e-bike.

September, 2022 by brian.c.ricker

It’s fairly narrow in most spots, but very quiet, and serene.

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Fremont Branch)

not for hybrid bikes

September, 2022 by sem1psu_tl

Trail is great for anything but hybrid bikes, ie, walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, sledding. It is dirt, sand, loose stones, hidden boulders, and tree roots as well as metal hazards and horse manure piles. Beautiful views, when you can take your eyes off of the path in front of you, and shaded.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Very nice and unique rail-to-trail project

September, 2022 by galen.wright74

Just did this trail from Wakefield to Wolfeboro (and back) on Sunday. It’s a very nice and unique rail-to-trail project. I have ridden many rail-to-trail projects over the years, and have been involved with developing and maintaining trails in the past. I have been on trails built on top of old/removed railroad right-of-ways. I have been on trails built next to old railroad right-of-ways. But… I have never been on a trail actually built on an existing railroad right-of-way. I have seen several reviews complaining about this setup, however, I don’t think people understand the significance of this from an operational and historical perspective. Yes, having the trail lay between the railroad track gauge does limit space. And, this trail does cross the tracks back and forth quite a bit, which may pose a safety risk to those that are not cautious. But, with all of that being said… having the ability to operate motorized rail equipment on this trail is exciting and it gives visitors to this trail a unique perspective on seeing how the rail line worked.

The trail itself is of sand and light crushed stone construction, and it seems to be relatively well maintained. There were a few rutty places. You will definitely need a mountain or trail bike for this trip. However, I actually ran across members of the trail club doing maintenance Spent some time talking to them, and they were very friendly and informative. There is lots to see along the route, and Wolfeboro is a neat little tourist town. I drove over from Maine to try this trail out, and it was definitely worth the trip.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Rails in place which lead to dangerous bike rail crossings.

September, 2022 by kevin376

It was hard to enjoy this trail because you have to worry about crossing rails which are still in place. The trail crosses them constantly and each crossing is dangerous on a bike. The guy in front of us had a nasty crash and we had a few close calls. When even the slightest bit of moisture gets the on the rails tires just slide. There was no rain on the day we rode but damp spots on the trail lead to wet rails.

The people who made the trail know all this and signs say you must dismount every time a crossing happens. But they happen so often that there would hardly be any point riding.

And in most cases because the trail is between the rails or wedged on one side or the other there really isn't room to pass for bicycles. Usually one bike or the other has to stop to allow the other to pass. It's just a terrible design for bicycles.

Eastern Trail

Saco north to Scarborough leg

September, 2022 by andrix

Plenty of parking at trailhead point off Clark St. in Saco. 8 miles one way to point where the on-rode portion begins in Scarborough. A few complex road crossings in first mile or so then only a few - and calmer - crossings remainder of ride. Scarborough Marsh area was worth the ride. Very even surface, light bike traffic and lots of shade.

Clipper City Rail Trail & Harborwalk

nice job Newburyport

September, 2022 by zt48cdpc6p

This is a really nice trail. Once again Newburyport has done a great job and has made a really nice trail. Though you have to walk your bikes on the boardwalk, it’s to bumpy to ride anyways. I took a detour to plum island. It’s a nice ride with very few stops.

Eastern Trail

Only Two Wheel Bikes

September, 2022 by g244dpz8y7

So I can only speak to the first 3 miles from the trail head in Kennebunk to mile 3. I ride a tadpole trike and found the obstacles at road crossings either just wide enough with caution to fit to one 3 mile in that I could not fit my trike at all. That means no trikes or wheel chair of any type and I would be very careful if you use a kid trailer. Overall it was a bad experience that did not need to be if the trailfiljs had put any real thought into it!!!

Eastern Trail

Scarborough to Saco

July, 2022 by mattasax

I rode this two weeks ago but forgot to review. Before going, I read the review by potterdunn from Oct 2021. Their review was awesome because it gave me the exact details I needed. I rode the Scarborough to Saco leg which is number 3 or lll in their review. There were some Sandy parts but I found them doable and I am not a sand rider! I will ride this section again before the end of summer!

Northern Rail Trail

Great Trail

July, 2022 by trzpna8zd9

Fifty nine mile long well maintained trail that provides a nice mix of scenery the entire length.

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