Sanford Railroad Trail


Sanford Railroad Trail Facts

States: Maine
Counties: York
Length: 4.8 miles
Trail end points: Smith Rd. and Blanchard Rd. (Lebanon) and Pleasant St./SR 224 and Railroad Ave. (Sanford)
Trail surfaces: Cinder, Dirt, Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6015125
Trail activities: ATV, Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Snowmobiling, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Sanford Railroad Trail Description

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 Maine in Sanford. The trail is popular with ATVs in summer and snowmobiles in winter, thereby possibly limiting its appeal for skiers, walkers and cyclists.

The trail runs along an abandoned corridor of the old Portland to Worcester rail line, which once ran freight in the region. The trail passes through woodlands and past Deering Pond, alleged to be bottomless because once a railroad car sank in its depths, never to be seen again. The pond is a popular fishing spot year-round—just don't fall in or you might disappear!

Parking and Trail Access

Access for the trail is as follows:

Around 544 Main St. in the Springvale section of Sanford;
At Oak Street (SR 11A), 4 blocks north of the Main Street intersection (parking available)
At Hanson Ridge Road, about 0.5 mile north of its intersection with SR 11A (parking available)

Sanford Railroad Trail Reviews

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

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

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


great snowshoeing today

took my son out for some biking, hadn't been through this area in years. trail is well maintained and is a easy ride.

A friend and I rode this trail 11/2/15. The trail is blocked by a logging operation when traveling southwest, just after crossing Hanson Ridge Road. The loggers have skidded trees across the trail many times making it a quagmire both on the trail, and for considerable distances upslope and downslope. It is not possible to carry a bicycle around the quagmire. This is unfortunate as the trail was a very enjoyable ride to the point of the logging operation. I realize that logging is going to disturb the landscape, but in this case the disturbances seem unnecessarily severe, and are definitely preventing full use of the trail. I have sent an email about the disturbances to the Maine District Forester in Alfred.

Trails are in great condition this year just hit the trails last weekend 6/8/14 all trails groomed there are sand pits at the end of trail after the gas station on the left side

I ride this trail daily it's beautiful, lotts of animals passing through like deer all kinds of bird spicies terrain is ok it's walkable bike able hike able if ur in the area it's worth a look at deering pond it's a nice site to look at enjoy

Took the trail starting at the Oak St. parking area. Headed SW. Found the trail to be clean and graded fairly recently. Previous reviews have indicated that it was nearly impassable for biking but we found it very well graded and clean. A good job of trail maintenance with a new (2011) concrete bridge at the ridge road entrance. Easy walking with a gradual incline/decline depending on direction. Did about 3/4 of the trail due to time restrictions. Will definitely visit it again.

"Trails has long stretches of deep and steep ""washboard"" ridges and deep loose sand from the ATV traffic. Trail no longer suitable for mountain biking or cross country skiing."

"This trail is almost unbikeable. It is very rough, rocky, uneven and frequently has ATV's on it, traveling at high speeds. It is dangerous for bikers and I do not reccomend it."

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