Discover Maine’s Multi-Use Rail Trails

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Multi-use rail trails are built on old railroad beds, making them solid and incredibly scenic.  Maine offers ten different multi-use rail trails for a combined 310 miles of outdoor adventure.  Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy ATV riding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, hiking, horseback riding, off-road biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, walking and wildlife watching on most multi-use trails.  While the trails are open year round, there are some restrictions.  After snow falls in the winter months, ATVs and horses are not allowed on the trails.  During mud season, most trails will close until the ground dries enough to not make ruts in the trails.

Trestle on the Whistle Stop Trail. Photo credit: TrailLink.

Check out a Multi-Use Trail near you:

Each trail permits different outdoor activities.  All of the trails listed allow ATV riding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, hiking, horseback riding, off-road biking, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.  Some trails permit additional activities.  Visit the State of Maine website for up-to-date trail conditions and seasonal/temporary closings.

  1. Aroostook Valley Trail– 28 miles connecting Presque Isle, Caribou, Washburn, Woodland and New Sweden.
  2. Bangor & Aroostook Trail– 61 miles connecting Mapleton, Washburn, Stockholm, Caribou, Van Buren.
  3. Down East Sunrise Trail– 85 miles connecting Ellsworth, Ayers Junction, Washington Junction, Cherryfield and Machias.
  4. Four Seasons Adventure Trail– 29 miles connecting Newport, Corinna, Dexter, Sangerville, and Dover-Foxcroft.
  5. Kennebec Valley Trail– 8 miles connecting Embden, Solon and Bingham.
  6. Lagrange to Medford Trail– 16 miles connecting Lagrange, Medford Center and Lake View Plantation.
  7. Sherman to Patten Trail– 6 miles connecting Sherman and Patten.
  8. Southern Bangor & Aroostook Trail– 37 miles connecting Houlton, Monticello, Bridgewater, Mars Hill and Presque Isle.
  9. St. John Valley Heritage Trail– 16.5 miles connecting Fort Kent, St. John and St. Francis.
  10. Whistle Stop Trail– 14 miles connecting Jay and Farmington.
Photo credit: Greg Hartford, DexterMaine.info
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