Stillwater River Trail

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Flat rail trail along the banks of the Stillwater River just north of Orono.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
4.0 miles, Round Trip
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Pavement


This popular trail follows an old rail bed constructed in the 1860s. The rail line was used to transport products to Bangor from the lumber mills near the Stillwater Avenue bridge. Coal for the University of Maine was stored on a spur off the main rail bed, opposite the current University heating plant. The faint patterns of old railroad ties and occasional spikes can be seen on parts of the trail. In 1967, the town built a sewer system and placed pipes under the old rail bed. The pipes were repaired in 2005 and in the process the town created a walking trail along the river. In 2007, trail bridges were added upstream from the water treatment plant. Look for beaver lodges along the river’s edges. Avoid the abundant poison ivy in this area.

Other Information

Dogs need to be under control of their owners. Please observe the carry-in carry-out policy.

Trail Manager

Visit Orono Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Orono Land Trust
PO Box 4
Orono, ME 04473
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.

Trailhead Information

The best parking and trail access is available at Brownie’s Park, 0.3 miles north of Orono center on ME-16/Bennoch Road.

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