Papermill Trail


Papermill Trail Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Androscoggin
Length: 3.8 miles
Trail end points: Village St. and SR 196/Lisbon St. and Blethen St. and Davis St.
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6411363
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Papermill Trail Description

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 Road to the trail's northern terminus at Village Street in downtown Lisbon.

The northern segment traverses a mostly open terrain, skirting the edge of fields before heading into a densely-wooded segment along the river. Miller Park, a highlight of the route, offers a boat launch, picnic facilities and a portable toilet.

The newest section of the trail continues the route farther south, crossing underneath Route 196 and then traveling along the Androscoggin River. The trail now ends at Lisbon High School.


Parking and Trail Access

From either Topsham or Lewiston, take State Route 196 to Miller Park at the Sabatuss River (on Frost Hill Avenue in Lisbon). There is ample parking here. At the other end, park off Webster/Village Street near the bridge.

Papermill Trail Reviews

June 9, 2016; This paved trail is a gem for those who live in the surrounding Lisbon area. There are multiple lots to park easily, as the guide suggests. It was my first rail trail, since I have started to take riding more seriously. Great trail, new pavement, beautiful landscape and river, very pleasant folks and no obstacles on any part of the trail. I was able to carve out 8.3 miles (biked the trail twice and added a couple investigative turnouts). I would highly recommend it to others and will do it again, if I find myself in that area. Happy trails!

As of May 2016: A little hilly, pebbly, and some rough pavement north of the park means this would be tough for inline skating novices; ok for experienced skaters, but had to use brakes quite a bit. A couple of sharp turns at bottoms of hills in places. Nice pavement south of the park but a little pebbly (edges of trail have some kind of fine crushed stone that tends to get on the trail) and still some hills. Far northern sections along road were fairly smooth but got kind of narrow at the stream crossing so we turned around there. Scenic and pleasant trail - but not a cruiser.

This trail is worth traveling to even though it is relatively short because it is a really outstanding trail. I haven't done the section north of the school yet because I knew it was right alongside a road but the section along the river is excellent. The asphalt is in great shape. There are lots of rushing river views right from the trail but there are also dirt trails that go off of the trail right down to the water where kids (or adults!) can go in and play around. I prefer biking but I have walked this trail because of its short length. Now though, they have just finished a directly adjoining paved trail along the Androscoggin River to bring the total length to 3.35 miles so next time I will probably bring my bike and do the new part as well as the part through fields north of the school for a nice short ride of almost 7 miles round-trip.


This is the one trail in a 50 mile radius that is consistently been sought out by trail goers. I'm always impressed by the many different scenic vistas the Lisbon Trails System affords you in a 5 mile walk. I love Lisbon Trails!

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