Wells, ME Hiking Trails and Maps

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Back Cove Trail

3.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Border to Boston Trail

44.1 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Clipper City Rail Trail

3.9 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Derry Rail Trail

3.6 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Eastern Promenade Trail

2.1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Garrison Trail

1.8 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Gloria Braunhardt Bike Path

1.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Head's Pond Trail

1.75 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail

1.58 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Londonderry Rail Trail

4.6 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Mountain Division Trail

9.59 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Old Eastern Marsh Trail

3.7 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Peanut Trail

1.5 mi
State: NH
Cinder

Riverton Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Concrete, Dirt, Sand

Salem Bike-Ped Corridor

1.2 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Topsfield Linear Common

5.2 mi
State: MA
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Windham Rail Trail

4.3 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Amesbury Riverwalk

1.3 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Conway Branch

21 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Gravel
Accordion

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

12 mi
State: NH
Gravel

Dover Community Trail

4.2 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt

Gillis Memorial Bridge Connector

0.6 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area Trail

3.4 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail (Portsmouth Branch)

28.1 mi
State: NH
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand

Salisbury Point Ghost Trail

2.2 mi
State: MA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

WOW Trail

2.7 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Boxford Rail Trail

2.1 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

6 mi
State: NH
Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Jay McLaren Memorial Trail

2 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Village Spur Rail Trail

2.1 mi
State: NH
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass

Barker Road Trail

0.9 mi
State: MA
Dirt, Grass

Bayside Trail

1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Beth Condon Memorial Pathway

1.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Fore River Parkway Trail

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Groveland Community Trail

3.25 mi
State: MA
Asphalt

Merrimack River Greenway Trail

0.33 mi
State: NH
Asphalt

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Trail

0.6 mi
State: MA
Crushed Stone, Grass

South Portland Greenbelt Walkway

5.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

West Foss Farm Trail

1.6 mi
State: NH
Dirt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The paved Back Cove Trail rings its namesake tidal basin and offers lovely views of the Portland skyline. You also might spot great blue herons or other birds along the tree-lined waterfront. A...
ME 3.6 mi Asphalt
The Border to Boston Trail is a developing trail network that will stretch 70 miles between the New Hampshire border and Boston—providing a continuous route for a variety of non-motorized uses...
MA 44.1 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Almost complete, the Clipper City Rail Trail will be a multiuse trail loop through Newburyport. Currently 3.9 miles, the rail-trail connects the waterfront, downtown Newburyport, the Newburyport MBTA...
MA 3.9 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
Overview This exquisitely maintained 3.6-mile paved rail-trail slices through forested areas and wetlands for a wonderful experience in southern New Hampshire. About the Route Starting at the...
NH 3.6 mi Asphalt
Old salts should love the Eastern Promenade Trail, as it skirts the shoreline of Portland’s Casco Bay and Portland Harbor. The 2.1-mile paved trail is always within sight of the water and is one of...
ME 2.1 mi Asphalt
Overview    The Eastern Trail connects the historic towns along Maine’s southern coast from the woods near Kennebunk to South Portland’s harbor lighthouse. About the Route  The Eastern Trail...
ME 28.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
The Garrison Trail is a two-lane, paved, hike-and-bike path that runs alongside I-95. The trail stretches 1.8 miles between State Route 113 in Newburyport and State Route 110 at the Amesbury-Salisbury...
MA 1.8 mi Asphalt
Although short, the scenic Gloria Braunhardt Bike Path travels through forests and pastures full of birds and wildlife. The asphalt pathway parallels the eastern side of the present-day Interstate 95...
MA 1.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
The Head’s Pond Trail (formerly known as Hooksett Rail Trail) is a 1.9-mile rail-trail that visits two scenic ponds, including the eponymous Head’s Pond, in a woodsy area of Hooksett. The trail’s...
NH 1.75 mi Gravel
Overview Lake Winnisquam is New Hampshire’s fourth largest lake, and taking the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail is one of the best ways to experience it. Meaning “pleasant waters,” Lake Winnisquam...
NH 1.58 mi Asphalt
Overview  The Londonderry Rail Trail runs for 4.6 miles between Harvey and Rockingham Road. The smooth paved trail offers a pleasant and tranquil adventure for trail users along an old Manchester...
NH 4.6 mi Asphalt
Overview The Mountain Division Trail exists as two separate segments of what will eventually be a more than 50-mile-long trail from Fryeburg to Portland. The northern section runs for nearly 4...
ME 9.59 mi Asphalt, Gravel
Offering picturesque woodland and marsh surroundings, the Old Eastern Marsh Trail stretches for 3.7 miles between the MA-NH border and the north bank of the Merrimack River. The southern 2.3-mile...
MA 3.7 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Peanut Trial is a distinct trail in the town of Newton that spans one-mile. This rail-trail was meant to connect to the Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. However, due to a controversial lawsuit by land...
NH 1.5 mi Cinder
The scenic Riverton Rail Trail—also known as “Sandy Road” by residents of Portland’s Riverton neighborhood—follows the former corridor of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railroad, which stopped...
ME 1.5 mi Concrete, Dirt, Sand
When complete, the Salem Bike-Ped Corridor will run for more than 5 miles on a former Boston and Maine Railroad corridor from connections with the Windham Rail Trail (north) and Methuen Rail Trail...
NH 1.2 mi Asphalt
The northern end of the Topsfield Linear Common is not directly accessible as it dead ends in the woods. Access the trail mid-route or from its southern end, where it has a seamless connection with...
MA 5.2 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone, Dirt
Overview The Windham Rail Trail passes through the woodsy periphery of Windham in southern New Hampshire, but it sits in the heart of the future cross-state Granite State Rail Trail. The trail is...
NH 4.3 mi Asphalt
Overview    The Amesbury Riverwalk (also known as the Powwow Riverwalk) offers visitors and residents a picturesque connection between a resurgent waterfront district on the Powwow River and a...
MA 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Conway Branch trail runs for 21 miles along an old rail corridor between State Route 113 in Conway and Polly's Crossing in Ossipee. The trail is popular with snowmobiles and rail car clubs; the...
NH 21 mi Ballast, Gravel
Accordion
The Cotton Valley Rail Trail connects the small town of Wakefield, near the Maine border, and the quintessentially quaint New England vacation town of Wolfeboro. In 2017 the towns held a...
NH 12 mi Gravel
Overview The Dover Community Trail snakes its way through the heart of the Garrison City—so nicknamed for the fortified log houses, or garrisons, built by 17th-century settlers—-offering a variety...
NH 4.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Gillis Memorial Bridge Connector (also known as the Salisbury Rail Trail Connector,) is a 0.6-mile link between two rail-trails: Salisbury's Old Eastern Marsh Trail and Newburyport's Clipper City...
MA 0.6 mi Asphalt
The rail-trail through the Martin H. Burns Wildlife Management Area begins at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail station near downtown Newburyport, a coastal...
MA 3.4 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
The Mayor James J. Fiorentini Bradford Rail Trail is constructed along the former Georgetown Branch of the Boston and Maine Railroad and runs along the Merrimack River in Bradford, MA. It runs nearly...
MA 0.77 mi Asphalt
Overview  The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail brings at least two superlatives to mind: it’s one of New Hampshire’s longest rail-trails at just more than 28 miles, and it runs from Manchester,...
NH 18.3 mi Dirt, Sand
The Rockingham Recreational Rail Trail brings at least two superlatives to mind: it’s one of New Hampshire’s longest rail-trails at just more than 28 miles, and it begins in Manchester, the state’s...
NH 28.1 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel, Sand
Overview Currently just over two miles long, the Salisbury Point Ghost Trail provides a peaceful journey through the woods. About the Route From its western end on Elm Street in Amesbury, the...
MA 2.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Overview The WOW Trail is named after the three bodies of water that can be seen from this rail trail: Lake Winnipesaukee, Opechee Bay, and Lake Winnisquam. This picturesque 2.7-mile trail shares a...
NH 2.7 mi Asphalt
The Boxford Rail Trail is a short, rustic pathway open on a former rail corridor in rural Essex County. Now home to overhead electric wires owned by National Grid, the trail is open via a license...
MA 2.1 mi Dirt, Grass
The Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail runs for 6 miles between the towns of Rochester and Farmington. The trail parallels the Cocheco River and State Route 11 through a wooded corridor. The trail is...
NH 6 mi Ballast, Cinder, Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Nestled in the woodlands on the northern end of Merrimac in the far northeastern corner of Massachusetts, lies the beautiful Jay McLaren Memorial Trail. The town, once known as West Amesbury, had a...
MA 2 mi Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Overview  The Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail runs for 5.9 miles between Sanford and Springvale. The gravel trail traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community as it...
ME 5.9 mi Gravel
The Village Spur Rail Trail begins in downtown Belmont, and stretches from behind the Belmont Mill to the Tioga River on the west side of South Road. Out and back for the entire trail is about four...
NH 2.1 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Barker Road Trail begins on the town line between North Andover and Boxford in northern Massachusetts, not far from the New Hampshire border. From there, the pathway continues through dense woodlands...
MA 0.9 mi Dirt, Grass
Portland’s Bayside Trail packs a lot into its 1-mile length. The paved pathway provides a pleasant route between commercial and residential areas in the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. Once an...
ME 1 mi Asphalt
The Beth Condon Memorial Pathway is located in the heart of Yarmouth, Maine. The path is named in honor of a high school student who was struck by a drunk driver while walking along US-1. The paved...
ME 1.8 mi Asphalt
Portland’s Fore River Parkway Trail provides an important transportation link in the community while at the same time offering sweeping views of the Fore River. At the north end of the trail, you’ll...
ME 2.6 mi Asphalt
Running through the town of Groveland for 3.25 miles, this multiuse path provides a variety of opportunities for both recreational and transportations as it connects residential neighborhoods,...
MA 3.25 mi Asphalt
The Merrimack River Greenway Trail (MRGT) will stretch from Boscawen southward through Concord to Pembroke, offering scenic views of the Merrimack River, the city and the surrounding landscapes. The...
NH 0.33 mi Asphalt
Although less than a mile, the trail running through Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers lovely views of the beaches off the northeastern coast of Massachusetts, just a few miles south of the New...
MA 0.6 mi Crushed Stone, Grass
Meandering through South Portland, the Greenbelt Walkway connects the neighborhoods south of the Fore River. The paved, multiuse trail offers three distinct vistas of the Portland waterfront and...
ME 5.6 mi Asphalt
The 83 acre West Foss Farm is one of the properties owned by the University of New Hampshire, Durham. The property was purchased from the Boston & Maine Railroad company, and features a 1.6 stretch of...
NH 1.6 mi Dirt

Recent Trail Reviews

Farmington Recreational Rail-Trail

Needs some serious work.

July, 2024 by bstnh1

Tried riding this trail with a regular (skinny tire) bike. That's close to impossible. It's pretty obvious the trail has not been and is not maintained. It's rutted, has tree roots across it , has wet, muddy areas and worst of all, it has sections of very soft sand that make biking on it nearly impossible. It crosses NH Rte.11, a major two lane 55MPH highway, so be prepared. It is definitely not handicapped accessible. There are no facilities of any kind along or adjacent to the trail. Overall, a huge disappointment.

Cotton Valley Rail-Trail

Nine riders went in. Only 4 came out without injury. Dangerous crossings over rails. Zigzag back and forth across tracks. Why not stay on just one side???? Needs maintenance to make it safer.

July, 2024 by dewmara_tl

Nine riders went in. Only 4 came out without injury. Dangerous crossings over rails. Zigzag back and forth across tracks. Why not stay on just one side???? Needs maintenance to make it safer.

Salem Bike-Ped Corridor

Salem-Windham Rail Trail

July, 2024 by kroselle25

Just did this trail today from Range Road in Windham to Derry. This is a great trail and was surprisingly not that busy for July 3rd. One tiny observation, we attempted to start at the Willow St. parking area in Salem across from Dodge Grain. Things have changed there since the Rail Trail map was done, there is no parking anywhere there now. Some company has signs saying non-company business parkers will be towed. Thus we went north. However, it looks like there is an empty lot at the Main St. - Central St. intersection across from the Depot Museum in Salem. It looks to be safe to park there and the rail trail is a few steps away.

Accordion

Eastern Promenade Trail

For rollerblades, not good

June, 2024 by kdcspamspam

It is paved but it’s still very bumpy. Not ideal for rollerblades

Mountain Division Trail

Good but hilly

June, 2024 by kdcspamspam

We rollerbladed down this path, starting at the Maine State Visitor information center. It was smooth but very hilly. Also we tried to start in Standish but it was not paved.

Boxford Rail Trail

The worst, go elsewhere.

June, 2024 by curt.schulz

Not even really a rail trail. You are biking under double electric lines. There is no posting at the Pond Street entrance. Also, a quarter mile in, there is a no trespassing sign right on the trail so you have to take a longer loop around on surface streets to get back under the power lines. Not scenic at all. I've done about 18 trails throughout MA and NH and this is the worst trail I have been on. Why is this even listed here?

Topsfield Linear Common

Topsfield Linear a lovely ride

May, 2024 by suebl

We have been riding this trail for at least seven years. I am surprised to be the first reviewer. Topsfield Linear Common trail is one of the most consistently scenic trails I have ridden in eastern Massachusetts. At some point it merges with the Danvers Rail Trail so maybe most of the reviews are there. On Saturday, we parked in Topsfield Center as usual, across from St. Rose of Lima Church (that is the easiest way to find the parking lot via GPS) and decided to go north, which in the past was not at all finished and became quickly impassable. But to our surprise, work had been done on this part of the trail since we last checked, so we were able to ride the full two miles to the end in Boxford. You can't go any further because Rte. 95 is in front of you. In Topfield, it is still a narrow packed dirt trail, but the grass on both sides has been mowed. When you cross over to Boxford, the trail becomes small gravel. At the very end, for a short distance, it reverts to dirt track.

We returned to Topsfield and rode south. You pass the fairgrounds, then the Ipswich River, and The Wenham-Danvers swamp, which has a lovely .3 mile scenic scenic boardwalk through the swamp. We were probably on the Danvers trail by now. We went as far as the playground which purports to be in Wenham, and has a place to refill your water bottle as well as equipment for kids.

The part of the trail from here to the end of the Danvers trail is, to my mind, not so scenic, so I have stopped riding it.

Head's Pond Trail

Great parking lot off rt3 in Hooksett. Packed gravel trail for the most part. Absolutely beautiful wetlands and woods. A wildlife paradise.

May, 2024 by chefmark.mrg

Great parking lot off rt3 in Hooksett. Packed gravel trail for the most part. Absolutely beautiful wetlands and woods. A wildlife paradise.

WOW Trail

Ok Trail

May, 2024 by justin.c.perry84

This was an OK trail. We enjoyed that it was pretty well marked with the exception of one crossing near some train tracks. Too many road crossing points. Portions of the trail were rough because of roots growing under the pavement. We actually saw a runner take a pretty nasty spill because of the rough surface. It was nice to check it out, but we won’t go out of our way to come back.

Eastern Trail

Kennebunk to Biddeford

April, 2024 by hammer757

Nice section starting from the Kennebunk elementary school parking lot. The trail switches to road riding in Biddeford turn left when the trail ends and you’ll see a Dunkin Donuts. Can you say coffee and pee

Garrison Trail

DOGS NEED TO BE ON A LEASH

April, 2024 by inluvwsl

The trail itself is excellent. A great place for a leisurely walk, bike or skate between Newburyport and Amesbury with options to continue/connect to the rail trail for a longer trek. But while the trail is awesome, I don’t understand why people feel entitled to let their dogs roam off leash along the trail? This makes it not only uncomfortable for those walking, but dangerous for those biking or skating that don’t want to be chased by a dog, friendly or not, that can be the cause of an accident. It’s really not the dogs fault… it’s the owners ignorance and disrespect for anyone that shouldn’t have to alter what they are doing in order to be deal with your dog. If you want to walk your dog off leash, there are numerous other places nearby that can accommodate you.

Boxford Rail Trail

Nice extension to the Topsfield/ Danvers trail

April, 2024 by antiquecaddy

This is a nice trail. It can be a bit hard to ride with road tires, much easier with a hybrid. You often run in to walkers, the people who use this trail are always friendly. It is a Part of the East Coast Greenway and a nice extension to the Topsfield / Danvers trail. I have run into "through riders" doing some part of the East Coast Greenway.

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