Rail Trails of Maine

. Rail Trails of Maine
Rail trail, Access trail, Road bike, Live rail, Historic route.

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Flat and wide trails criss-cross the state through woodland, past ponds, along rivers, over historic bridges and between charming small towns. Often separated from road traffic by miles, these routes once carried steam trains but now offer tranquility and a way to explore New England like never before.

Rail Trails - Enjoyed daily by hikers, cyclists, horse riders and more. Choose a state from the top of the map and we have lists of all the rail trails complete with trail lengths, elevation gain, trail conditions and maps you can download to your phone.

dark gray icon Live Rail - Walking along railroad track is not only illegal but dangerous, including track that you might believe to be inactive.

light gray icon Historic Rail - Track may remain, or might have been removed decades ago. Some sections have been built over and others cross private property and are not accessible to the public. Traces of long-gone railroads can also be a valuable resource to help towns and trail planners identify and resurrect old railroad routes as new public parks and trails.

Trailspotting doesn't stop here. We are exploring every rail trail and providing individual rail trail reviews that include detailed route mapping and photography. Links to rail trail reviews for Maine are shown below and you can see our latest rail trail reviews using the link at the bottom of the page.

Rail Trail Review Length Gain Cond
Aroostook ValleyMap51.4 mi840, 1140
Aroostook Valley CaribouMap6.4 mi70, 180
Bangor & AroostookMap46.4 mi930, 880
Bangor & Aroostook CaribouMap15.8 mi340, 512
Bayside2★0.9 mi20, 20Good
BelfastMap2.2 mi60, 70
Calais Waterfront WalkwayMap1.5 mi16, 30
Carrabassett Narrow GaugeMap4.9 mi26 ,400
Down East SunriseMap87.6 mi2290, 2320
Eastern Promenade4★1.5 mi40, 30Good
EllsworthMap0.6 mi10, 10
Eastern Kennebunk-BiddefordMap6.1 mi150,150
Eastern Old Orchard BeachMap7.6 mi90, 80
Eastern South PortlandMap3.5 mi50, 80
Fairfield Rotary CentennialMap1.3 mi60, 80
Four Seasons AdventureMap29.5 mi500, 840
Gardiner Old Narrow GaugeMap1.3 mi140, 130
Gorham Cross TownMap1.5 mi10, 70
Hancock Old Pond RailwayMap2.7 mi90, 100
Kennebec RiverMap6 mi170, 180
Kennebec ValleyMap14.6 mi360, 380
Lagrange-MedfordMap11 mi190, 280
Lisbon Rail TrailMap1.4 mi60, 80
MDT Fryeburg Bike PathMap3.9 mi60, 130
MDT Otter PondsMap4.6 mi170, 310
MDT South Windham-WestbrookMap5 mi180, 190
NorwayMap0.6 mi20, 0
PattenMap5.5 mi70, 140
Old Veazie RailroadMap7.4 mi100, 140
PittsfieldMap1.4 mi20, 40
RivertonMap0.6 mi40, 0
Sanford-SpringvaleMap6 mi190, 240
SipayikMap1.9 mi40, 50
Southern Bangor & AroostookMap37.5 mi700, 900
St John Valley HeritageMap16.9 mi340, 460
StillwaterMap1.6 mi50, 60
Whistle StopMap15.2 mi500, 520

Good - Asphalt or hardpack trail conditions
OK - Occasionally rough surface
Rough - Hiking & mountain/rugged bikes
Gain - Elevation gain (ft) moving West to East or North to South. Second number is return gain.

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