Officially called the Rolland F. Perry City Forest, but commonly known as Bangor City Forest, this vast network of trails lies on the City's northern border with Veazie and Orono and encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest. Trails vary in length and difficulty with more than 4 miles of gravel access roads providing flat easy walking and more than 9 miles of "secondary" trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. The hill connecting to the southern access of the forest was once a town dump, but now affords a scenic view and great sledding in the winter time.
The main forest and trails are owned by the City of Bangor, but a parcel on the southern end, the North Penjajawoc Forest, is owned and managed by the Bangor Land Trust and provides a connection to Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve. Additional connections exist with Bangor Land Trust's Walden Parke and the Orono Bog Boardwalk and form a larger integrated system of over 20 miles of trails.
Visitors to Bangor Land Trust preserves should be aware that they may find additional trails that are planned and maintained but not mapped.
The Bangor City Forest Report is an independent site that provides great, trail-specific information for the Bangor City Forest. Please follow carry-in, carry-out policy to help keep this a natural and scenic place for all visitors. Fires are prohibited and hunting is not allowed. Groomed ski trails are for skiing only! Please do not walk or snowshoe on groomed ski trails in the winter.
Dogs allowed on leash only, please be respectful and pick up after your pet.
Flora and Fauna of Bangor City Forest offers frequent observations about the natural world, recorded by Maine Master Naturalist Clare Cole.
From the Hogan Road exit off I-95 in Bangor (Exit 187), travel north on Hogan Road; coming from I-95 northbound this will be a left at end of ramp onto Hogan Road and coming from I-95 southbound this will be a right. Stay on Hogan Road until it ends at Stillwater Avenue.
Access via Kittredge Road: Turn right onto Stillwater Avenue and then take an immediate left onto Kittredge Road (it runs through a parking lot). Continue to the end of Kittredge Road and park either at the top of the hill or continue to the right down the hill to another parking lot and gate at the bottom of the hill. Note: Kittredge Road was recently rerouted due to the addition of a new Walmart Super Center. This change is not reflected on the Google Maps which shows imagery and road data from the late 2000s.
Access via Tripp Drive: Turn right onto Stillwater Avenue and drive 1.6 miles to Tripp Drive (on the left). Drive to the end of Tripp Drive, through the cul-de-sac, and down the dirt road to the parking lot. No motor vehicles are allowed beyond the parking lot.
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