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Winter Activities

Snowmobiling Across Maine

Snowmobiling in Maine

Snowmobiling in Maine

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There’s no question that Maine is one of the best places on earth to go snowmobiling. Our trails promise something new at every turn. Maine’s 14,000 interconnected miles of trails mean you can head from the rugged mountains in the west, through the Katahdin wilderness, all the way to the wide open spaces of Aroostook County without ever getting off your sled, or at least off the trail. Snowmobiling in Maine is an adventure vacation. Towns owns across the state offer trailside lodging, dining, gas and repairs.

Even in years with less than normal snowfall, there are thousands of miles of trails ready to be explored. Wherever you are, a good place to start your trek is the Snowmobile Maine website, home to trip planning information, including lodging and trail conditions, for trails across the state. Wherever you decided to hop on, you’ll likely be sharing the trails with moose, deer and local wildlife; please be sure to give them the right of way.

If you’re starting in Rangeley near Maine’s western border, you can look forward to spectacular views of the Lakes and Mountains region as you head east towards Eustis and Stratton. From there, you can ride north to Quebec or further east to The Forks and Jackman. Along the way, a stop at beautiful Grand Falls on the Dead River is definitely recommended, as is a stop at the summit of Coburn Mountain, the highest point reachable by snowmobile in Maine.

If you keep heading northeast across the Kennebec Valley, you’ll find yourself at Moosehead Lake. Circle the lake on the Moosehead Trail for panoramic views from Mount Kineo and plenty of well-regarded sporting camps and lodges along the way providing meals, lodging and gas. Or ride from Moosehead Lake through the woods towards the state’s largest peak, Mount Katahdin. With hundreds of miles of well-groomed and signed trails in The Maine Highlands region, the riding opportunities here are endless. For a genuine back-country experience, try the 58-mile Perimeter Road at Baxter State Park—but be sure to register at the Gate House and stay on the road.

North of Katahdin, you’re entering Aroostook County. The “Crown of Maine” has long been recognized as one of the top snowmobile destinations in the country, and for good reason. The County boasts 2,400 miles of trails, from rolling hills in the agricultural land in the east to the deep forests in the west and the beautiful vistas of the St. John Valley. And like everywhere else in Maine, everything you might possibly need on your trip is easily found trailside.

If you love snowmobiling, you’re in for a peak experience in Maine. We’ll look forward to seeing you on the trails.

Editor’s Notes

Want to see some truly remarkable places by snowmobile but don’t know where to start? Hire a Registered Maine Guide, recognized around the world for their professionalism and extensive knowledge. Look to the Maine Professional Guides Association or the Maine Wilderness Guides Association to find guides with years of experience providing guests with fun, safe and memorable adventures. They’ll take you to special places you wouldn’t have found otherwise, offer equipment, advice and instruction, then step aside and let you enjoy the action.

Maine’s snowmobile trails are well marked, but for the best experience, be sure to pick up trail maps put out by area snowmobile clubs featuring lots of useful information about where to gas up, grab lunch, and find local trails you might have missed otherwise.

If you’re bringing your own snowmobile, don’t forget to register your sled on the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.