Mountain Biking Trails
For the experienced mountain biker or someone simply looking for a new way to explore Maine’s wilderness, these trail systems offer the perfect loops and views for a fall biking excursion.
Hammond Ridge Trail System | Millinocket Eight miles outside of Millinocket is a new trail system built specifically for mountain bikers that wraps across Hammond Ridge. With assistance from the New England Outdoor Center and the Sewall Foundation, Katahdin Area Trails has completed a 5-mile beginner loop and plans to eventually build 45 miles of routes ranging from rocky, difficult rides with jumps to smooth downhill descents.
Carrabassett Valley Trail System | Carrabassett Valley There are about 40 miles of single-track trails and 80 miles of double-track wide-corridor trails built for mountain biking. The Carrabassett Valley Trails Committee plans to double the miles of trails by the end of 2022. For those who enjoy biking in groups or are looking to meet fellow riders, the Carrabassett Valley Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association holds organized group rides and tours to explore the region’s backcountry.
Nordic Heritage Center | Presque Isle This year-round outdoor recreation facility has over 20 miles of mountain biking trails that run along the town border between Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield. The routes range from wide to narrow single-track trails with log skinnies, exposed bedrock outcrops, and natural drops. Bikers must pay an $8 fee to ride the trails unless they are members of the Nordic Heritage Center.
Rick Swan Trails | Old Town Every trail along the Rick Swan trail system was designed and built by mountain bikers. Within the 850 acres of forest that borders Perch Pond are 8 miles of single-track and technical trails that were designed to provide drier riding conditions during the wet seasons. The single-track trails are open to the public and range from a half-mile to two miles in length.
Bradbury Mountain State Park | Pownal Bradbury Mountain State Park has 18 mountain biking trails and is the only state park in Maine with shared trails for equestrians, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, and hikers. The western side has technically challenging routes such as the Boundary Trail, and the eastern side has moderate and flat loops such as the Knight Woods Trail. At the 485-foot summit, bikers can see panoramic views of Pownal, and on a clear day they can spot Casco Bay.
Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region | York Mountain bikers know of Mount Agamenticus because of its 8-mile loop that passes wetlands, a large pond, and stone walls. The system consists of mostly flat terrain with a slow elevation climb and short descents. At the summit is a fire tower that bikers can climb to look out at the 30,000 acres of conservation land.
Back Country Excursions | Parsonsfield Back Country Excursions, founded in 1991, is one of the oldest mountain biking centers in New England. It is located on a private preserve in the foothills of the White Mountains and consists of over 30 miles of single-track trails built for all skill levels. Email or call ahead for trail access. For bikers looking to learn about the area, there are guided group rides, and experienced users can purchase a season pass.
Titcomb Mountain | Farmington Known for its Nordic and alpine ski trails, Titcomb Mountain is also open to mountain bikers looking to ride along the fast-flowing trails to the peak of the mountain. During the winter months, fat-tire bikers must pay $5 and ride only where the snow is compacted. The mountain also hosts an annual fat-tire race. During the rest of the year, trails are open to mountain bikers for free.