Bangor and Aroostook Trail

Maine

Bangor and Aroostook Trail Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Aroostook
Length: 61 miles
Trail end points: Main St. and State St. (Van Buren) and Morrison St. (Mapleton); Otter St. (Caribou)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6180383
Trail activities: ATV, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Bangor and Aroostook Trail Description

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 clubs. You can easily coordinate a multiday tour on this and other area rail-trails, taking advantage of lodging and food options in towns along the way. However, sections of the trail traverse remote wilderness areas, so plan accordingly. Carry a tool kit (if biking), layered clothing, and plenty of water.

Note that the Bangor and Aroostook Trail actually consists of two distinct segments: one between Mapleton and Van Buren, the other between Caribou and Stockholm; the segments meet in Stockholm. In addition, there are generally connections between the endpoints that are part of this greater trail system, be they on-road segments, snowmobile trails or less-groomed pathways.

Trains once hauled lumber and potatoes down this route to distribution centers along the East Coast. Threading a wider corridor than the connecting (in Washburn) Aroostook Valley Trail, the Bangor and Aroostook Trail crosses acres of farmland, as well as woods and wetland bogs, and it is an excellent platform for spotting a range of wildlife.

Just south of Stockholm, the trail traverses the protected Salmon Brook Bog Area, home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna. The area north of Stockholm is largely wilderness and is a great place to spot moose. Most active at dawn and dusk, moose feed on plants found primarily in wetlands. If you do spot one, give it generous clearance because they can be unpredictably aggressive.

The best access point to the Bangor and Aroostook Trail is Caribou, where you'll find plenty of food, lodging and trail information. If you want to travel farther south, you can pick up the Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail, which runs between Houlton and Phair Junction.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trailhead off US 1 in Caribou, where food, lodging and trail information are available, take State Route 89 east for 0.4 mile and turn left at the sign for trailhead parking. You can also access the Bangor and Aroostook Trail in Mapleton, Stockholm, Washburn and Van Buren.

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