Your mountain biking adventure in Maine can be as thrilling as a sprint down a mountain slope or as relaxing as an afternoon cruising a scenic rail-trail. Acadia National Park, with its 45 miles of historic carriage roads, is perhaps one of Maine’s best-known places for off-road biking. A gift of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the roads were constructed between 1913 and 1940, and were designed to offer views of the Acadia landscape. As you ride, you can view the 17 stone bridges that span streams, waterfalls and cliffs throughout the park.
Additional choices for mountain biking include:
- Bicycling in Maine State Parks: Fifteen state parks and publicly managed reserves in Maine offer mountain biking trails and terrain, including Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, a favorite of mountain bikers. You can also explore the Bigelow Preserve in western Maine or Camden Hills State Park by bike.
- Ski trails: Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry offers more than 25 miles of lift-serviced riding. You can access a variety of well-marked and well-maintained trails for all abilities at the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center in Carrabassett Valley. You can also try Nordic ski centers such as Pineland Farms in New Gloucester or Nordic Heritage Center in Presque Isle, where cross-country skiing trails become multi-purpose trails in the off-season.
- Rail-trails: The Rail-to-Trail Conservancy describes 17 rail-trails suitable for biking in Maine. Part of a nationwide effort to transform abandoned rail beds into shared-used public recreational trails, Maine’s rail-trail projects include: the St. John Valley Heritage Trail, Down Eeast Sunrise Trail and several others in Aroostook County; the Lagrange Rail-Trail; and the Kennebec River Rail Trail. You can find a list and descriptions of Maine rail-trials at Trails.com.
You can use the following resources to help you plan your mountain biking trip:
- Explore Maine ranks a number of Maine trails according to ability level.
- TrailLink.com has a searchable database and provides maps as well as rider reviews.
- Trails.com has a list and descriptions of the most popular mountain biking trails in Maine.
- The New England Mountain Bike Association (NEMBA) has detailed information about many Maine mountain biking routes.