Starting at the intersection of US Routes 2 and 201 (Main Street and Water Street) in downtown Skowhegan, take US 2/201 (Main Street) south over both bridges spanning the Kennebec River, and turn left following US Route 201 south. After about 0.1 miles, turn left onto Cedar Street (the first street on the left) and go to the end where it turns right becoming Mount Pleasant Avenue. The trailhead is about 100 yards from the turn on the left hand side of the road. Park on the side of the street.
To access the trail from the northern end, conintue on Mount Pleasant Avenue all the way to its end and turn left onto Joyce Street. The trailhead and parking are at the end of the street. Park on the shoulder out of the way of truck traffic. This location is also the trailhead for the nearby Philbrick Trail.
If walking, park in downtown Skowhegan and walk to Patten Court, which leads to the Kennebec River off of US Route 2/Water Street and is roughly 75 feet west of where Russell Street breaks away from Water Street. Continue down Patten Court to the river and cross the river using the foot bridge. Turn left onto Mount Pleasant Avenue. The trailhead will be about 100 yards further on your left.
Rebuilt in July, 2011, the Skowhegan River Walk is now a paved ADA-compliant stroll through the woods overlooking the scenic Kennebec River Gorge. Both above and below the gorge, the Kennebec River is over 500' wide, but within the Gorge, the river narrows to less than 200', churning its way through a rocky slot formed by an earthquake some 50,000 years ago.
Skowhegan, an Abanaki term, means "where they watch for fish," a reflection of the once plentiful salmon leaping over the rocks on their way upstream to spawn. The area continues to be a popular area for fishermen who often line the granite banks below the River Walk.
The Skowhegan River Walk also serves as a connecting trail as well. Those seeking a longer hike should consider starting downtown by crossing the Skowhegan Walking Bridge and by continuing on the adjoining Philbrick Trail. The River Walk also serves as a segment of the Skowhegan Portage, allowing canoeists and kayakers to carry their boats around the dams and falls within the gorge.
Visit the Town of Skowhegan online for more information or contact
Town of Skowhegan
Director, Parks and Recreation
225 Water Street
Skowhegan ME, 04976