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Length
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Aroostook Valley Trail

28 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Auburn Riverwalk

1.2 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Back Cove Trail

3.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Bangor and Aroostook Trail

61 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Bayside Trail

1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt
Accordion

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

2.3 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Calais Waterfront Walkway

1.5 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Down East Sunrise Trail

87 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Eastern Promenade Trail

2.1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.4 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Ellsworth Rail Trail

1.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Fore River Parkway Trail

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

26 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Kennebec River Rail Trail

6.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Kennebec Valley Trail

14.6 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Lagrange Rail-Trail

11.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Mountain Division Trail

10.3 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Narrow Gauge Pathway

6.6 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail

1.25 mi
State: ME
Ballast, Dirt

Old Pond Railway Trail

2.9 mi
State: ME
Dirt

Papermill Trail

3.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Penobscot River Walkway

0.3 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete

Presque Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Walkway

1.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Riverton Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Concrete, Dirt, Sand

Rotary Centennial Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Saint John Valley Heritage Trail

17 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Sanford Railroad Trail

4.8 mi
State: ME
Cinder, Dirt, Gravel

Sherman to Patten Trail

4.5 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Sipayik Trail

1.7 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Stillwater River Trail

1.8 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Grass

University of Maine Bicycle Path

2.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Whistle Stop Rail-Trail

15.7 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Whitman Spring Road Trail

2 mi
State: ME
Gravel
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
In the far northeast reaches of Maine, the Aroostook Valley Trail runs atop the bed of Aroostook County's only electric railroad, a line once used to transport passengers to school and work and to...
ME 28 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
Located in the heart of downtown Auburn, the Auburn Riverwalk features scenic views of the adjacent waterfront and the Lewiston skyline on the opposite shore. Start your journey in the north at the...
ME 1.2 mi Asphalt
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
A multiuse trail shared with ATVs and snowmobiles, the 61-mile Bangor and Aroostook Trail is part of northern Maine's Interconnected Trail System, used and maintained by the state's many snowmobile...
ME 61 mi Gravel
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 Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag begins in downtown Belfast, a community at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River on the central coastline of Maine. From there, the crushed-stone,...
ME 2.3 mi Crushed Stone
At the heart of town, the 1.4-mile Calais Waterfront Walkway follows the route of the former Maine Central Line, though the original rail bed dates to the Calais Railway, chartered in 1832—the first...
ME 1.5 mi Gravel
Accordion
The Down East Sunrise Trail is an 87-mile multi-use corridor connecting Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in eastern Maine. The trail is designed to accommodate hiking, thick-tire bicycles, ATVs, horses,...
ME 87 mi Crushed Stone
Portland is Maine's largest city, and the Eastern Promenade Trail along Casco Bay offers an ideal introduction to this coastal town and its trail network. The "East Prom" begins in Old Port, a...
ME 2.1 mi Asphalt
Maine’s Eastern Trail will eventually extend from Casco Bay in South Portland to the Piscataqua River in Kittery, partially along the former Eastern Railroad. Three off-road segments of the trail are...
ME 28.4 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Ellsworth Rail-Trail runs just over 1 mile between North Street (SR 179) north of town to Birch Avenue in Ellworth. Alongside the path runs an active line on which Downeast Scenic Railways offers...
ME 1.6 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
The Four Seasons Adventure Trail (sometimes also referred to as the 4 Seasons Adventure Trail or the Newport/Dover–Foxcroft Rail-Trail) runs between Newport and Dover-Foxcroft, linking five towns, two...
ME 26 mi Gravel
A stunning gateway to Maine's capital city, the Kennebec River Rail-Trail follows the railroad right-of-way that once connected Portland to Augusta. The trail parallels the inactive railroad tracks,...
ME 6.5 mi Asphalt
The quiet Kennebec Valley Trail (a.k.a. Anson to Bingham Trail) boasts surprising claims to fame: the 14.6-mile trail traces the river and Indian path taken in 1775 by Benedict Arnold, on orders from...
ME 14.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
The Piscataquis River bisects the tiny village of Medford; the north bank is known as Medford, the south bank as Medford Center. Before the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad opened a 600-foot-long,...
ME 11.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
When the Bangor Aroostook Railroad extended its line through Millinocket, it opened up development and the town prospered, primarily due to the paper industry. In recent years, the area has become a...
ME 1.65 mi Asphalt
Named for the railroad line it parallels, the Mountain Division Trail will one day span 52 miles between Fryeburg and Portland. Two sections of the trail are currently open. A 6-mile segment between...
ME 10.3 mi Asphalt
The Narrow Gauge Pathway (a.k.a. Carrabassett River Trail) is a stunningly beautiful 6.6-mile trail along the banks of the Carrabassett River. Its firm, crushed-stone surface is suitable for mountain...
ME 6.6 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail occupies a portion of the old Kennebec Central Railroad right-of-way in the town of Randolph, ME. As of 2012, the trail runs for 1.25 miles between Water Street in...
ME 1.25 mi Ballast, Dirt
Old Pond Railway Trail begins in the town of Hancock, about 25 miles north of Maine’s famed Acadia National Park. The beautiful hiking trail winds through forests and wetlands for nearly three miles....
ME 2.9 mi Dirt
The paved Papermill Trail follows the Sabattus River from Mill Street south to its confluence with the Androscoggin River and beyond. At its northern end, the trail parallels Mill Street then Upland...
ME 3.8 mi Asphalt
The Penobscot River Walkway runs for just 0.5 mile through Bangor's scenic Waterfront Park between Union Street and the intersection of Railroad and Front streets. The trail hugs the riverbank and...
ME 0.3 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Presque Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Walkway follows the course of the former Canadian Pacific Railway through its charming namesake town. The paved trail parallels the river for a short distance...
ME 1.5 mi Asphalt, Gravel
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
The Rotary Centennial Trail crosses two towns—Benton and Winslow—in central Maine, about 50 miles southwest of Bangor. The scenic wooded trail follows a former rail bed along the eastern shore of the...
ME 1.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
The Saint John Valley Heritage Trail traces 16.9 miles of the former Fish River Railroad corridor, which was taken over by the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad, a line that transported goods and passengers...
ME 17 mi Crushed Stone
The Sanford Railroad Trail goes by two other names: the Deering Pond Trail or just plain "Railroad Trail." The trail runs for nearly 5 miles between the town of Lebanon and the University of Southern...
ME 4.8 mi Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
The Sherman to Patten Trail occupies a former Bangor and Aroostook Railroad spur off the main line that once ran from Bangor to Millinocket to Houlton. The state of Maine acquired the corridor running...
ME 4.5 mi Gravel
On the Pleasant Point Reservation abutting coastal New Brunswick, this paved rail-trail was built to keep Passamaquoddy youngsters off busy State Route 190, which connects Pleasant Point with Eastport...
ME 1.7 mi Asphalt
The Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail runs between Houlton and Phair Junction (just shy of Presque Isle), where the railroad siding once connected to a company potato house. The trail—also known as...
ME 37 mi Gravel
The Stillwater River Trail hugs the west bank of its namesake river through Orono, between Bennoch Road in the north (near the cemetery) and Main Street at the southern end. The trail passes through a...
ME 1.8 mi Dirt, Grass
The University of Maine Bicycle Path is a valuable link for non-motorized transportation, connecting campus with Old Town. Much of the trail passes through a scenic wooded corridor, following the path...
ME 2.5 mi Asphalt
The Whistle Stop Rail-Trail is a textbook example of how diverse groups can work together to maintain and promote a trail. Developed as a route for snowmobiles and ORVs, the route also appeals to...
ME 15.7 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
The trail sits on the northwestern shore of Lake Auburn. A former roadway, the wide gravel path can accommodate various kinds of uses including, running, biking, walking dogs. And in the winter, the...
ME 2 mi Gravel

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Recent Trail Reviews

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

Not for cyclists. Terrible trail conditions

October, 2017 by htaatjes

My husband and myself saw this trail listed in the Rails to Trails magazine, and since we were in the area, we thought we would try it. From the very beginning, the trail was very bumpy, with lots of potholes and large rocks. We were hoping, that it would get better, but unfortunately it didn't. With the exception of a few sections where the trail was ok, this trail is clearly very frequented by many ATVs, and the condition of the trail is not suited for cyclists. We are both experienced riders, and made it to Dexter on the trail. From there we returned on busy Rt7 back to Newport. We just could not face the trail again for the return trip. Worst rail trail we've ever been on!!

Kennebec River Rail Trail

Great First Ride

August, 2017 by mcwpage8

My husband and I just both got bikes and were at a family outing the day before in Augusta and decided to try out the trail. It was a beautiful trail and a great first ride. We will definitely be back!

Kennebec Valley Trail

Bingham area section

August, 2017 by tedmcgarry

Visiting Maine in August we found no place to rent bikes within 80 miles of the Trail. We decided to hike the section from Bingham south as we like free flowing rivers, not lakes behind dams. First issue was the Bingham Goodrich Rd trailhead. It is in the woods and out of sight from US 201 or houses. We chose to park at a more publicly visible location at a Supermarket across from North Country Rivers Outfitters where the Trail crosses a corner of the Outfitters property. We did get permission from the Supermarket and recommend parking here, not the Goodrich Rd. trailhead.

Second, the main issue for us was the Trail. This included the lack of views of this section of the river being obscured by Summer vegetation, the condition of the trail with muddy potholes and lack of a gravel surface and the permitted use of the Trail by ATV’s. The ATV drivers were respectful of hikers and slowed for us, but the vehicles were still noisy and created dust. We terminated the hike early and had ice cream at Here’s the Scoop in Bingham, sitting quietly on the bank of the Kennebec.

Headed south on US 201 to Arnolds Landing where the trail crosses the Kennebec. The trail is on the river bank and would have provided better water views had we hiked this section. Had to leave, as it is a slow drive from I-95. In summary, the Bingham area portion of the Trail would rank as our worst RTT experience from Maine to Virginia. We would not return even for ice cream on the river bank.

Accordion

Ellsworth Rail Trail

Good fitness trail

August, 2017 by hamorlt

This is a paved trail for both bike and walk that follows the railway thru a part of the town of Ellsworth. Very flat, this is easily traversed and works well for those looking for a good trail for morning walks, runs or rides. Pet friendly but please clean up after your pet.

Sanford Railroad Trail

Sanford Railroad Trail

July, 2017 by caroloja

Tried to bike the trail, but had to turn around. The surface is chewed up, with massive potholes and lots of hazards.

Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail

I've ridden most of this....

July, 2017 by suzyqavon87

I have to say, these trails are amazing for everyone, every age, every level, and any size group. Get out and ride these very user friendly flat scenic wide trails.

Papermill Trail

Local guide

June, 2017 by dubekaren7

I love this trail. Its quiet. Along river. Can here the wildlife. All ages out and about. Biking. walking. jogging. strollers. Next to a dairy joy👍

Down East Sunrise Trail

ATV trail during spring/summer/fall, first and foremost

May, 2017 by dlmjlm11

We were excited to accept the challenge of the 85 mile rail-trail. We bicycled from Ellsworth to Columbia Falls in 8-10 mile chunks parking at different entry points along the way, making a 16-20 mile ride round trip each time. Every time we rode we encountered an abundance of ATVer's who dusted us out each time we passed each other, and since they were approaching us at rather high speeds, we stopped and got off of the trail each time. We did the majority of our rides mid-week hoping to avoid a lot of ATV traffic but also tried riding on the weekends, same story. The scenery in many of the areas was very nice but on our final ride there was deep, loose gravel and we sadly abandoned the challenge to ride the entire trail. From research after we threw in the towel, it appears that the ATV folk have financed a large part of this trail and are enjoying it thoroughly. In my opinion, I don't think that the ATV/Bicycle mix is a good fit.

Sanford Railroad Trail

Lots if sand

May, 2017 by dr.butterknife

Not a good trail for biking. Was like biking through a sand dune. Looks pretty decent for anything else though.

Sanford Railroad Trail

to many ATV and Dirt Bikes

May, 2017 by dschlosser15

Good trail but lists of off road vehicles, not the best choice for riders

Down East Sunrise Trail

Sled trail

March, 2017 by pellepelle1209

The sunrise trail is great. It would be a lot better if the groomer didn't wait 2 or 3 days after it snowed. Considering we only get to ride locally a few times a winter. My thought is more people would donate or join clubs if trails where groomed more than once a week. That's just my 2 cents. The scenics are like no other.

Mountain Division Trail

x country skiing

January, 2017 by mlibbyrn

So 15 degree weather does not stop us!
Started at otter pond and skied to Gambo Field.
Beautiful blue sky and crisp air. Maine the way it should be. Met a few snowmobiles and only a few other brave walkers. I love this trail and feel so blessed to be able to walk out the door and have this great place to play.

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