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Aroostook State Park - Cross-country Ski Trails

The groomed ski trail system offers a wide variety of skiing for all skill levels. Grooved double set track weave through distinctive Aroostook County forest and farm land areas, allowing visitors a chance to explore all the Park's winter beauty.
Trail Activity
Length
10.8 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate, Advanced, Strenuous
Town
Presque Isle
Surface
Groomed Snow
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
Yes

Description

The 15 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails at Aroostook State Park offer a variety of terrain and difficulty for classic skiing. Each trail is signed by color representing various skill levels (also indicated the paper map available at park headquarters). Blue marked trails are easy (novice) trails with flat or gently rolling terrain and are good for those new to the sport, or those who enjoy even paced gliding. Yellow marked trails represent moderate (intermediate) trails and have greater variation in contours. For these trails, some gradual descents and ascents involved are involved, and they are generally popular with most ability levels. Red marked trails are the most advanced trails with a wide range of uphill and down. Strenuous on uphill grades and fast paced gliding on downhill slopes are to be expected on these trails.

Novice Trail (1.0 mile, easy)

This trail starts at the south end of the parking lot, meanders through a cedar swamp, and connecting the Sheep, Cedar, and Maze Trails.

Beech Trail (0.2 miles, easy to moderate):

This trail is somewhere between a novice and intermediate. The short trail leads from the Novice Trail to the campground where Sheep and Quaggy Jo Mountain trails begin.

Maze Trail (1.0 mile, easy):

Trail starts from an intersection on the Novice Trail, passes by the warming hut, and winds through a tree plantation and forest management area on a neighboring farm.

Red Pine Trail (0.2 miles, easy to moderate):

Branching off the Maze Trail, this short trail winds through a managed red pine plantation. The trail ends in the farm field with a nice view of Quaggy Jo Mountain and the surrounding area.

Sheep Trail (1.5 miles, moderate):

Trail leaves the campground near site #21 winding through a hardwood forest and passing the edge of an old sheep farm. It returns to the park by way of the Novice Trail.

Cedar Trail (0.5 miles, moderate):

Connecting the Sheep, Maze, and Novice Trails, this trail winds through a cedar swamp, field, and a stand of new growth hardwoods.

Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail (4.0 miles, advanced):

This one-way trail leaves the campground at site #18 and follows the same route as the South Peak Trail for a short distance and then turns to circle Quaggy Jo Mountain. This trail offers the widest variety of terrain of any of our trails. The trail is traveled clockwise for one-way traffic only and returns to the campground near the Kitchen Shelter.

Lookout Trail (0.5 miles, advanced to strenuous)

This is the most demanding and technical trail in the park; it leaves from and returns to the south side of the Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail as an up-and-back trail. Traversing scenic upland hardwood and evergreen forests, it is not groomed with set track, just packed occasionally. A portion of this trail is shared with the snowshoe trail. It offers a great view of Aroostook County from the top of North Peak. Extreme caution should be used when skiing this trail. 

Maple Trail (2.0 miles, advanced):

A loop off the south end of the Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail, the Maple Trail offers the challenge of rolling hills and turns.

Old Beacon Trail (0.5 miles, moderate to advanced):

This is a short trail that leads from the Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail across rolling terrain to the former site of an aviation beacon. It is an outstanding short ski which offers westerly views of the local area.

Other Information

Aroostook State Park is Maine’s first and northern most State Park and offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy winter in the outdoors. The park offers other winter time activities which include snowshoeing, a sliding hill, ice skating (condition permitting on the lake), and winter camping. Two warming huts, away from the parking lot, allow users a chance to rest and meet new friends next to the fire. The are a wonderful place to cook hotdogs. The downstairs of the lodge can be rented for organized group activities. Updated trail condition reports and more information can be acquired by contacting the Trail Manager below.

Dogs, walkers, and snowshoes are not allowed on the ski trails at any time during the grooming skiing season.

Winter Day Use Fees are $1.50 per person 12-64, all others are free. Season passes can be purchased at the park.

Trail Manager

Visit Aroostook State Park online for more information or contact:

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Aroostook State Park

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Aroostook State Park
87 State Park Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769
Phone: (207) 768-8341
scott.p.thompson@maine.gov

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Trailhead Information

From North or South: Turn off US Route 1 approximately 3 miles south of Presque Isle, Aroostook State Park signs marked turn off US Route 1 in both directions. Turn on to the Spragueville Road. Drive 1.5 miles and take a left turn on to State Park Road. Drive 1 mile to park main entrance. The 2 trail heads are 300 yards past the small fee collection building on the right just past the office lodge area. The main trail head is in the South end of the parking lot, the other is at the end of the campground road. Maps are available at the trail head and "you are here" sign maps are posted at all trail intersections.

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MaineTrailFinder
January 05, 2017
Update from the park on 1/5/17:

Ski and snowshoe trail report for January 5th. No better time to be here enjoying Maine's First State Park. Ski trails are groomed with set track, conditions are excellent. They should be in great shape for the weekend. Snowshoe trails are packed with plenty of fresh snow to enjoy trekking and looking at animal tracks. Conditions are excellent. Please beware that No Snowshoes, Walkers or Dogs are allowed at any time, on any portion of groomed ski trails. The sliding hill is not packed due to slush on the lake. This year's Winter Family Fun Day will be held on Saturday Feb 25th, from 10am - 3pm.
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