Central ME

Central ME

University of Maine Trails, Orono

22 Hilltop Rd
Orono  Maine  04469
United States

207-581-1082

Easy

35%

Moderate

50%

Difficult

15%

Description

The trails at the University of Maine Orono are a well enjoyed resource for class weary students looking for a mental break as well as area mountain bikers, hikers, snowshoers and x-country skiiers.

In all the 2000 acres of open space abut the campus. The 1650 acre Dwight B. Demeritt Forest making up the majority of that. It's estimated that 35,000 to 50,000 people enjoy these trails every year.

Why? Well, the trails consist of singletracks, doubletracks, old logging drag paths and a few dirt roads. A variety of trails suitable for all levels of riders. More than 15 miles of trails in all.

While there are many places to access the trails, (check the map), I've chosen the New Balance Student Recreation Center as a starting point as it's centrally located. Read more about [node:title]

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Camden Snow Bowl

20 Barnestown Rd
Camden  Maine  04843
United States
Drive up Barnestown Road to the main parking area.

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Riding at the Camden Snow Bowl is a nearly unique experience. The Snow Bowl, (more formally known as the Ragged Mounain Recreation Area), is owned and managed by the town of Camden as a multi-sport, multi-season recreation area. It includes trails, playing fields, pinic areas and a large pond.

In non-snow months there is an extensive trail network to explore. This includes a long somewhat challenging loop trail into the Ragged Mountain Preserve. Think remote! Even though you're less than three miles from the center of town, you'd swear that you were a hundred miles away into Maine's northern backcountry.

While there are some fairly easy trails at the bottom of the mountain, not to mention a pump track, most the the Snow Bowl's trails involve climbing. The climbs are manageable and lead to an extensive network of semi-technical trails.  Read more about [node:title]

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Hothole Valley - Wildlands, Orland

1514 Acadia Hwy
Orland  Maine  04472
United States

Easy

35%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

20%

Description

At over 3400 acres Hothole Valley Wildlands contains more than 19 miles of trails.

Many of these trails are gravel roads making a perfect woodland experience for newer riders or families.

Mountain bikes are welcome on all multi use trails.  

For a trail by trail description of Hothole Valley check the Maine Trail Finder Page.

One visit to Hothole is never enough. There's too much to see and enjoy. You'll return time after time.
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Quarry Road Trails, Waterville

300 Quarry Road
Waterville  Maine  04901
United States
Follow Quarry Rd under the highway to the end.

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

Quarry Road Trails currently hosts 3 miles of NEMBA-built singletrack, along with 7.5 miles of wide, fast, and well-maintained cross country ski trails.

Mountain bikers of all interests and abilities will find something to love here. The ski trails make a great introduction to mountain biking for families and newer riders, and a variety of more challenging trails allow for progressive skill development.

During the summer the area hosts a free weekly group ride for kids of all ages and abilities to build skills, make friends, and have fun on mountain bikes.

The trails are scenic and, though quite close to town, seem remote, and the top of the "challenging Sheave Train" climb provides one of the best sunset views in central Maine . Read more about [node:title]

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Mount Apatite, Auburn

98 Small Rd
Auburn  Maine  04210
United States

207-333-6601 X 2108

Easy

20%

Moderate

75%

Difficult

5%

Description

I have a real appetite for Mount Apatite's trails. It's an interesting place to ride. Especially for a city park.

At 325 acres it offers a little bit of everything, dense forest stands, semi-precious stone mining sites, abandoned quarries, ledges and large glacial erratics.

Many of the trails are all natural surface ranging from old woods roads to sinuous singletracks. In all you'll find just under 10 miles of trails. They are very well maintained by the City of Auburn. You'll notice many drainage features to keep water off the trails. There are long armored "turnpikes" to keep you high and dry in perpetually muddy areas. There are even benches every half mile or so in case you want to stop and take a break.

In 2018 Central Maine NEMBA won NEMBA's very competitive Signature Trail Grant. The monies were used to construct Mt Apatite's Signature Trail.

In 2020 Central Maine NEMBA built Carrie On, as a tribute to long time supporter and all around inspiration Carrie Boudreau who passed away in April of 2020.

A short stint on double track allows you to connect these two trails for a very fun ride in either direction. Carrie On crosses the Small Road entrance to the park and is an easy jumping on point.

One highlight of Mt. Apatite is the abandoned mineral quarry. You'll almost always find people picking away at the rocks looking for gemstones. On my last visit a prospector showed me a handkerchief full of garnets that he'd found. The quarry also has a couple of good spots to go for a swim if you're so inclined.

Park on either side of the mountain. 98 Small Road next to the snowmobile club or 599 Stevens Mill Road, sometimes called Mt Apatite Road. Park just beyond the ballfields.

Sun Journal Article on Mt Apatite. Read more about [node:title]

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Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest, Manchester

92 Scribner Rd
Manchester  Maine  04351
United States

(978) 952-6856

Trailhead parking is in the lot near the Bright Beginnings Nursery School

Easy

70%

Moderate

25%

Difficult

5%

Description

The Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest is a 735 acre property owned and managed by the New England Forestry Foundation. Like the majority of NEFF properties non-motorized trail recreation is welcomed. 

The trails here are well maintained and mostly flat making it a perfect place to introduce newer riders to the sport. There are about 8 miles of trails in Allen-Whitney though at the Southwest corner of the property there's a 2.5 mile side trail leading through the Gannett Woods and Wyman Memorial Forest.  This is an out-and-back that leads to route 27 initially running along the southern and western portions of Shed Pond.

Riding Allen-Whitney exposes you to forestry practices at their best. You'll see stands of many different varieties of trees in all stages of their growth cycles.

Capital Walks: Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest  Allen Whitney Memorial Forest | Wandering Around the Block

Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest - Maine Trail Finder Allen-Whitney Memorial Forest - Maine Trail Finder Read more about [node:title]

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Camden Hills State Park

280 Belfast Rd
Camden  Maine  04843
United States

(207) 236-3109

Easy

20%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

20%

Description

Camden Hills State Park offers a variety of trails of varying degrees of difficulty totalling aproximately nine miles in length. Many of the trails offer scenic views of Camden and Penobscot Bay. While some of the trails may seem too difficult to ride, with extensive hike-a-biking, many are fine for all levels of riders. 

The park is open from 9:00 am till Sunset and parking fees range from $1.50 - $4.50.

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Hadlock Community Forest, Falmouth

88 Hadlock Rd
Falmouth  Maine  04105
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

Hadlock Community Forest is one of a number of town properties. It hosts numerous trails including one section of the Cross Falmouth Trail. Just under 300 acres, Hadlock's trails are fun though shared with hunters during hunting season. This is a working forest so expect to see signs of forestry. Trails lead into and out of this property. Including one to the Rines Forest in nearby Cumberland. Read more about [node:title]

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Androscoggin Riverlands State Park, Turner

1005 Center Bridge Rd
Turner  Maine  04282
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Androscoggin Riverlands State Park offers mountain bikers more than 10 miles of trails. They range in difficulty from easy singlle and doubletracks to more advanced trails picking thier way along rocky ledges. It's a beautiful park, located along the Androscoggin river and is a favorite of area paddlers. Not every trail in the park is suitable or open to mountain bikes and a few are also used by ATVs.

Containing 2345 acres of woodlands, it will take you some time, perhaps a number visits to explore it all. There are numerous scenic overlooks, so bring some snacks and plan to stop and relax for a while.

You'll find yourself coming back to Riverlands over and over again.

There is a second trailhead parking lot at the southern end of the park at 2637 Conant Rd, Turner, ME 02402.

Read this Portland Press Herald article on the park.  Read more about [node:title]

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Pine Ridge / Inland Woods, Waterville

4 Norman St
Waterville  Maine  04901
United States

(207) 680-4744

Easy

30%

Moderate

60%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Pine Ridge and Inland Woods Trail System offers a moderate level experience. Located just to the East of Robert LaFleur Airport on Pine Ridge Recreation Area lands there are about 7 miles of interconnected trails on 144 acres of protected land.  

The trails are open to montain bikers, hikers, walkers cross country skiers and all other types of non-motorized trail users. There are also playing fields and tennis courts.

Located in the heart of Waterville it's a hidden gem and very popular with local riders. Read more about [node:title]

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