Snowmobile Directions to the Abandoned Locomotives in the Northern Maine Woods

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Ghost Trains of the Allagash

The snowstorms are coming and the trails are groomed- now it’s time for another exciting Maine outdoor adventure!  One of Maine’s most unique snowmobile destinations is the abandoned steam locomotives of the Eagle Lake and West Branch Railroad.  The locomotives are located on a plot of land between the shores of Eagle Lake and Chamberlain Lake in Piscataquis County.  The journey to see the trains by snowmobile offers views of some of Maine’s most beautiful backcountry, Mt. Katahdin, and the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  Wildlife sightings including bald eagles, deer and moose are common in this area.

Got the wrong season?  Here are driving directions to visit the abandoned locomotives between “after mud season” and “before the snow falls!”

Off the Beaten Path

The trek out and back to visit the abandoned trains takes a day.  There is a vast network of snowmobile trails in this region which are maintained by Great Northern Snowmobile Club (formerly the Chesuncook Snowmobile Club).  Visit them online for current snow and trail reports.  There are several different places you can leave from to visit the abandoned locomotives, including Millinocket, Greenville, or Kokadjo Village.

From Millinocket:

Follow ITS 86/85 to Grant Brook Road to Third Debsconeag Lake.  Cross the lake then follow the trail across Rainbow Lake and Chesuncook Pond until you reach the southern end of Chesuncook Lake.  Follow the western shore of the lake until you reach Chesuncook Village.  At the village, stop at the Chesuncook Lake House to fuel up and for the most up-to-date trail directions.  Directions can change frequently due to logging operations in the area.  From the Chesuncook Lake House the trains are an additional 21 miles away.

From Greenville and Kokadjo:

Ride up Moosehead Lake to Kineo, then follow the directions below.  Another option from Greenville is to follow the trail to Kokadjo to the Moosehead Loop/Route 66 and follow the directions below.

From Rockwood (Mt. Kineo region):

Follow the Moosehead Loop/Route 66 to the Ragged Lake Trail.  Go east 4.3 miles then north on the Maxfield Brook Trail until you reach the Golden Road.  From the Golden Road go north on Pine Stream Trail 14 miles to Chesuncook Village.  At the village, stop at the Chesuncook Lake House to fuel up and for the most up-to-date trail directions.  Directions can change frequently due to logging operations in the area.  From the Chesuncook Lake House the trains are an additional 21 miles away.

Remember what your mom used to say

“Be careful!”  Mom was right.  The Northern Maine Woods provide all sorts of exciting outdoor recreation opportunities, but there are a few things to keep in mind when visiting this area to ensure safety.  This region of the state is a very remote area.  If you run into trouble, nearby help is hard to find, and your cellphone is as useless as your credit card in the woods.  Travel with at least one other snowmobile, and bring enough supplies to build a fire and make a shelter in the event you become lost or stranded.  Let others know where you will be going and when you plan to be back.  Find out in advance if the streams, rivers, ponds and lakes are safe to cross.  You can do this by talking to locals, or by contacting area snowmobile clubs.

For more information about trail and ice conditions contact:

Enjoy the ride!

Angela Quintal-Snowman
Stay Untamed

Angela Quintal-Snowman

Adventurer at Untamed Mainer
Angela enjoys exploring the many beautiful and unique natural places in Maine and sharing her outdoor experiences with others.When not out exploring Maine woods, trails, mountains and waterways Angela can be found plotting and planning her next adventure or buying another backpack.(Because you can never have too many).
Angela Quintal-Snowman
Stay Untamed

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