Old Pond Railway Trail

Maine

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Old Pond Railway Trail Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Hancock
Length: 2.9 miles
Trail end points: Old Route 1 and Point Road
Trail surfaces: Dirt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 7867395
Trail activities: Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Old Pond Railway Trail Description

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. Along the way, a trestle bridge offers especially scenic views of Old Pond and Skillings River.

The trail follows the former Maine Shoreline Railroad, once used by tourists to reach the ferry landing at Hancock, where they could catch a boat to Bar Harbor. In some areas, remnants of the old rails can still be seen.

Although the dirt pathway is not suitable for bicyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoers can use the trail in the winter. Dogs are permitted but must be kept under control.

Parking and Trail Access

A trailhead with parking is provided at both ends of the trail. The east entrance is located off Point Road, across from Hancock Town Hall (18 Point Road). The west entrance is located off Old Route 1.

Old Pond Railway Trail Reviews

It’s too bad that Hancock left all of the rotting ties in place, wasting a great trail for most of the year. Maybe they could find some volunteers to remove them, uncovering a great trail for everyone’s use!

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