Philbrick Trail

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Quiet and pristine, the Philbrick Trail is a remarkably isolated refuge of nature set in the midst of a busy urban center.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
1.20 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor


The blue-blazed Philbrick Trail begins near the perimeter of Skowhegan's water treatment plant, just across the road from the Debe Park River Walk trailhead. After following the fenceline of the treatment plant for approximately one-hundred yards, the trail breaks into the woods and over a small bridge into a hemlock forest. The trail splits once inside the woods and winds through the woods in a network of interconnected loops. These trails pass along the banks of the Kennebec and around and through several ravines that slope down toward the river. At low water, large stretches of the riverbanks are lined with sandy beaches and views of calm waters after they exit from the sharp gorge in Skowhegan's center.

Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to the trail using his wheelchair at MTF Stories

Other Information

This trail is managed through a partnership between the Town of Skowhegan and the Somerset Woods Trustees, who acquired the property for permanent conservation in 1941. 

Please park on the side of the road out of the way of vehicles coming in and out of the Water Pollution Control Facility at the end of North Joyce Street. Where the trail passes close to houses, please respect the rights of property owners.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Skowhegan and Somerset Woods Trustees online for more information or contact:

Skowhegan Parks and Recreation Department
225 Water Street
Skowhegan ME, 04976
Phone: (207) 474-6901
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Somerset Woods Trustees
PO Box 833
Skowhegan, ME 04976
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Keep Maine green and clean! Pick up trash, even if it's not yours. Leave soon-to-be trash like excess packaging, stickers, and twist ties at home.

Trailhead Information

Parking is located at the end of Joyce Street just before the water treatment plant. Park on the shoulder out of the way of truck traffic. This location is also used to access the Skowhegan River Walk.

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