Mount Apatite

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Trailhead

Small Road Trailhead: From ME Routes 11/121/Minot Avenue in Auburn, head right on Hatch Road for 1.5 Miles. Turn right onto Small Road and follow till you see the trailhead at the end of the road.

Army National Guard Trailhead: From ME Routes 11/121/Minot Avenue in Auburn Maine turn right on Garfield Road for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Stevens Mill Road and park near the baseball fields. The trailhead can be found by walking through the armory to the woods.

Description

Mount Apatite Park is a three hundred twenty-five acre wooded park located in the western portion of Auburn. The park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities not often found in municipal park settings.

In the winters, the trail is groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. In the spring, summer, and fall, the trails are open to mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and other non-motorized trail users.

Other Information

Rock hunters have known about this area for over one hundred fifty years when the first discoveries of gem-quality tourmaline were found there. Since then, the area has experienced a great deal of mineral exploration, both commercial and amateur. Today amateurs may still search the mine tailings for Apatite, Tourmaline, and Quartz specimens (specific rules apply).

With assistance from a Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant, five kilometers (3.1 miles) of multi-purpose trails were constructed in the summer of 1994 within the park to serve all outdoor enthusiasts.

Trail Manager

Visit City of Auburn Parks and Recreation or  LA Trails, a program of the Androscoggin Land Trust, online for more information, or contact:

LA Trails - Androscoggin Land Trust
Director of Land Protection & Stewardship
P.O. Box 3145 Auburn, Maine 04212-3145
Phone: (207)782-2302
info@latrails.org

City of Auburn
Parks and Recreation Department
Hasty Community Center
48 Pettengill Park Road
Auburn, Maine 04210
Phone: (207) 333-6601 ext. 2108

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Mount Apatite is an extensive network of forested trails that link abandoned quarries, gleaming slag piles, steep ledges, and giant boulders.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Cross-country Skiing
TownAuburn
DifficultyEasy, Moderate, Advanced
Length7.6 miles, Network
SurfaceDirt/Forest Floor
PetsPermitted
FeesNo
Other ActivitiesNone

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