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Length
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Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

45 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Androscoggin River Bicycle Path

2.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Aroostook Valley Trail

28.8 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Auburn Riverwalk

1.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Brick, Crushed Stone, Gravel

Back Cove Trail

3.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Bangor and Aroostook Trail

62.3 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

2.3 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Bethel Pathway

1.7 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Bucksport Waterfront Walkway

1 mi
State: ME
Brick

Calais Waterfront Walkway

1.5 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Eastern Promenade Trail

2.1 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Eastern Trail

28.8 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone

Ellsworth Trail

1.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Kennebec River Rail Trail

6.79 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Mountain Division Trail

9.59 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Narrow Gauge Pathway

5.4 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Norway Branch Rail Trail

0.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Papermill Trail

3.97 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Riverton Rail Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Concrete, Dirt, Sand
Accordion

Rotary Centennial Trail

1.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass

Saint John Valley Heritage Trail

16.9 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone

Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail

38.8 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Stillwater River Trail

1.8 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Grass

University of Maine Bicycle Path

2.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

Whitman Spring Road Trail

2 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Down East Sunrise Trail

87.8 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Gravel

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

29.9 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Whistle Stop Rail-Trail

15.8 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Gravel, Sand

Kennebec Valley Trail

14.5 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand

Lagrange to Medford Trail

11.4 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt

Old Pond Railway Trail

2.9 mi
State: ME
Dirt

Penobscot River Walkway

0.3 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Concrete

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail

5.9 mi
State: ME
Gravel

WW&F Narrow Gauge Trail

0.68 mi
State: ME
Dirt, Grass

Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail

1.25 mi
State: ME
Ballast, Dirt

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

Heart of Blue Hill Trails

0.75 mi
State: ME
Boardwalk, Crushed Stone

Meduxnekeag River Trail

4.4 mi
State: ME
Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel

Presque Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Walkway

1.5 mi
State: ME
Asphalt, Gravel

Sherman to Patten Trail

4.5 mi
State: ME
Gravel

Sipayik Trail

1.9 mi
State: ME
Asphalt

South Portland Greenbelt Walkway

5.6 mi
State: ME
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Overview The Acadia National Park Carriage Roads carry hikers, cyclists, and horse-drawn carriages across Acadia National Park much like they have for the past 100 years since their construction,...
ME 45 mi Crushed Stone
Brunswick, Maine is home to the Androscoggin River Bicycle Trail, a multipurpose recreational trail nestled between the river and US Route 1. The trail stretches 2.6 miles from end-to-end. The trail...
ME 2.6 mi Asphalt
The Aroostook Valley Trail gets as much use from ATV riders and snowmobilers as it does from mountain bikers as it winds through the forests and potato farms of northeastern Maine. It’s so far north...
ME 28.8 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Auburn Riverwalk passes through the heart of the old mill district of the Twin Cities of Auburn and Lewiston. The 1.6-mile paved and gravel path offers many scenic views of the Androscoggin River,...
ME 1.6 mi Asphalt, Brick, Crushed Stone, Gravel
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
If you’re looking for moose, the Bangor & Aroostook Trail (or BAT) is just the place. Moose watchers take to the 62.3-mile rail-trail on ATVs, snowmobiles, and mountain bikes to spot these large...
ME 62.3 mi Gravel
Visitors to the Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag (pronounced pas-uh-gas-uh-WAH-keg and conveniently shortened to Passy Rail Trail by locals) can see vintage trains at one end of the trail...
ME 2.3 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
The Bethel Pathway is a bucolic pathway open for walking, mountain biking, walking dogs and in the winter, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trail begins on Sunset Road as a crushed stone...
ME 1.7 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass
Meandering along the Penobscot River in downtown Bucksport, the mile-long Bucksport Waterfront Walkway is popular with both local residents and visitors. There are historic plaques placed along the...
ME 1 mi Brick
The Calais Waterfront Walkway provides a path for a short stroll along the Saint Croix River on the border between Calais and Canada, but it’s also the start of something much longer. The 1.5-mile...
ME 1.5 mi Gravel
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 Ellsworth 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
Overview Visitors to the 6.79-mile-long Kennebec River Rail Trail mostly stay within sight of the wide river as the paved trail links the state capital of Augusta with the river towns of Hallowell,...
ME 6.79 mi Asphalt
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
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
There’s plenty of room for backcountry experiences on the Narrow Gauge Pathway (also known as Carrabassett River Trail) nestled between Sugarloaf Mountain and the 36,000-acre Bigelow Preserve. The...
ME 5.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt
The Norway Branch Rail Trail sits on the former railbed of the Norway Branch Railroad which once connected the communities of Norway and South Paris. The trail runs from Beal Street in the west to...
ME 0.5 mi Crushed Stone
Overview The Papermill Trail celebrates the heritage of mills in the development of the town of Lisbon and the surrounding area while providing an easy, pleasant 4-mile trail experience for users...
ME 3.97 mi Asphalt
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
Accordion
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
History seems to appear around every corner in Fort Kent and Saint Francis for travelers getting underway on the Saint John Valley Heritage Trail. The gravel trail rolls along the south bank of the...
ME 16.9 mi Crushed Stone
Northern Maine’s pine trees and potatoes inspired the railroad that survives today as the 38.8-mile Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail. Located in eastern Aroostook County near the Canadian border,...
ME 38.8 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 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
Overview The 87.8-mile Down East Sunrise Trail passes through the woods, marshlands, and coastal villages of southern Maine. It takes its name from its location in Down East Maine, dubbed by early...
ME 87.8 mi Crushed Stone, Gravel
Overview The Four Seasons Adventure Trail skirts several scenic lakes as it passes through forests and farmland, linking Newport, Corinna, Dexter, and Dover-Foxcroft in central Maine. The trail...
ME 29.9 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
Overview A former Maine Central Railroad line provides a year-round playground for motorized and nonmotorized trail users to explore the western hills of Maine. The long, flat, mostly straight...
ME 15.8 mi Dirt, Gravel, Sand
Keep your ears open for the haunting call of loons along the scenic Kennebec Valley Trail. They’re just one example of the wildlife—another is the moose—that inhabits the river, woods, and fields...
ME 14.5 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Sand
The Lagrange to Medford Trail fills the bill if you’re looking for a remote trail experience. The gravel rail-trail runs for 11.4 miles from Lagrange to Medford Center, where it crosses a 100-year-old...
ME 11.4 mi Crushed Stone, 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 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 Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail (also known as Railroad Trail) traverses the woods on either side of Sanford’s scenic Springvale community in southern Maine. Founded by a mill owner in the 17th...
ME 5.9 mi Gravel
Owned and actively maintained by the Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway museum, this trail meanders along the currently disused railroad right of way through the Town of Alna in the village...
ME 0.68 mi Dirt, Grass
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
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
While these short trails only total out to around 0.75 miles, the Heart of Blue Hills Trail system is a vital community resource. This short trail system encompasses the John H. Murphy Memorial Trail,...
ME 0.75 mi Boardwalk, Crushed Stone
Overview This 4.4-mile trail runs alongside the Meduxnekeag River and ends in a loop that meanders through fields and forests before rejoining the riverside portion of the route.  About the...
ME 4.4 mi Crushed Stone, Dirt, Gravel
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 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
Sipayik translates to “along the edge” in the Passamaquoddy tribal language, which is a good description for the Sipayik Trail as it rolls through the Pleasant Point Reservation. The 1.9-mile paved...
ME 1.9 mi Asphalt
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

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Recent Trail Reviews

Papermill Trail

Beautiful scenery and easy walk.

June, 2024 by didio.martinez.tercero

Beautiful scenery and easy walk.

Down East Sunrise Trail

Suitable Only For ATV's

June, 2024 by stevenatha53

I've never been more disappointed in a rail trail than the portion of the Down East Sunrise Trail we rode in Machias. It may be maintained, but it's maintained only for ATV's not for cyclist except mountain bikers and even then the large gravel present would make for a miserable ride. Just don't.

Whistle Stop Rail-Trail

out and back from Farmington

May, 2024 by terriehoops

First time on this trail and we loved it! We were on gravel grinder bikes, and the trail was perfect for this type of bike. We found the trails were in great condition. We did an out and back turn around at 6 miles. We will definitely return possibly for increased distance and more exploration on trails around Titcomb ski area.

Accordion

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

Bucksport Waterfront Walkway

bucksport water front

April, 2024 by cromeenesa

I love the waterfront it’s such a beautiful area and the scenery along waterfront is awesome

Acadia National Park Carriage Roads

A Superb Gravel-grinding Adventure

April, 2024 by luv2bike23

The carriage roads of Acadia National Park are among the most beautiful and rewarding places I've ridden. They are unique and unlike a typical rail-trail, but if they were, they would undoubtedly be in the Hall of Fame. The riding on the carriage roads is comparable to the Virginia Creeper Trail, with some climbing and numerous great views, but the carriage roads are generally wider and more engineered. They offer a fantastic range of scenery, including dense forests, lakes, stream crossings over historic stone bridges and spectacular views of the coastal mountains, bays, ocean and inland Maine. With forty-five miles open to bicycles, one can plan a variety of rides from relatively flat and easy circuits around the lakes and ponds to more extended climbing in the mountains. The grade is typically gentle and the National Park Service does a wonderful job of keeping the carriage roads groomed and free of obstacles. Being the only national park in the region, Acadia can be very crowded during the summer and the carriage roads are often congested. Cyclists need to be very careful around horses in particular. The more challenging and remote sections of the carriage roads are typically less crowded, so those are better choices during the summer. Late October to early November is the best time for cycling as the crowds, heat and humidity give way to crisp cool days without insect pests. The carriage roads can easily be ridden with almost any kind of bike except road bikes, but most riders would probably do best with a dedicated gravel bike, fat bike, hybrid or hardtail mountain bike. E-bikes are a common sight and can be rented in Bar Harbor. Suspension is mostly unnecessary but good tires are a must. Surface conditions can range from hardpack to fairly deep gravel, so wider tires with some teeth are helpful. Good brakes are also highly recommended. The carriage roads provide a fantastic cycling experience but they do require hundreds of hours of upkeep so please be sure to purchase a park pass. As a capstone to a stupendous carriage road adventure, Bar Harbor has plenty of restaurants where one can enjoy a traditional Maine post-ride pigout of chowdah, lobstah and beeah. Enjoy!

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!

Kennebec Valley Trail

This is not a bike trail, this is a atv trail, the people drive the side by sides like they are out of cigarettes on the trails up here.

January, 2024 by craigerskine

This is not a bike trail, this is a atv trail, the people drive the side by sides like they are out of cigarettes on the trails up here.

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!

Eastern Promenade Trail

Eastern Promenade Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

At only 2.1 miles, Eastern Promenade Trail packs a great deal of interest into its short length.

Starting near the Highway 295 bridge you'll be blessed with sensational views of the bay. Next, as you make your way past Fish Point, you'll be rewarded with the sight of massive cruise ships, vintage narrow gauge trains, and historic buildings.

What brought the greatest pleasure to me on this October Sunday morning bike ride were the throngs of people walking their dogs! It was like being at the National Dog Show! I had to stop at East End Beach which is essentially a dog park to watch the dogs happily play and cavort. This trail was most heavily populated with the dog walkers, joggers, and other pedestrians. We bicyclists were few and far between.

Be sure to combine this with the Back Cove Trail loop for nearly 8 miles of riding and get more bang for your buck!

(But do not bother combining it with another connecting trail - the Bayside Trail, which doesn't go along a bay and is about as appealing as riding down an alley)

Back Cove Trail

Back Cove Trail

November, 2023 by thejake91739

Back Cove Trail is short, but sweet. The hard packed dirt is perfect for a jog, walk, or quick bike ride.

I started at 8:00 on an exceptionally still, brisk, mid October Sunday morning. The water was like glass and provided a perfect reflection of the downtown Portland skyline.

Other photo ops of the cove, wildlife, and beautiful classic homes were revealed to me as I made my way around the loop.

At only 3.6 miles, be sure to combine this with the also interesting Eastern Promenade Bike Trail for a total of nearly 8 miles between the two.

(Don't bother including the Bayside Trail which also connects to Back Cove and Promenade. It doesn't go by a bay and is about as appealing as riding down an alley)

Eastern Trail

Eastern Trail - Biddeford to Kennebunk

November, 2023 by thejake91739

Imagine having a country estate in the woods of Maine and being afforded the opportunity for long, leisurely strolls down your own private lane. That's the feel of the Eastern Trail experience from Biddeford to Kennebunk.

I did it on a bike rather than on foot, but most of the friendly locals I encountered were walking or jogging to take advantage of the ideal weather and perfectly flat, smooth trail for a mid October afternoon outing.

Because of the natural trail surface and the spectacular fall color, I chose to take it nice and slow in order to savor my time there. I can't imagine doing this trail any other way since I found myself carefully peering into the woods on both sides taking in the sights.

My memories of this trail are of simplicity and peacefulness: a beaver pond here, a small creek winding through the woods there, the crossing of the Kennebunk River, a single track muddy path up to Alewive Road in Kennebunk after crossing over busy Highway 95, conversing with friendly local bicyclists, and of course the wooden rail fences lining much of the leaf carpeted trail through the gloriously colored woodlands.

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