The Blackstrap Community Forest Trails include a mix of older snowmobile trails that are generally eroded and in poor shape for hiking or mountain biking and newer hiking/mt. biking singletrack. The more southern trails, accessed from the top of the ridge at the Blackstrap Rd. parking lot, travel through dense, wet forest. There is approximately 300 feet elevation change between the bottom of these trails at the river level and the parking lot. The shorter (blue) loop does not have this magnitude of elevation change. The northern trails are most easily accessed from the Hurricane Road trailhead. The Orange trail along the West Branch of the Piscataqua River is a flat trail and the most direct access to the hill trails on the Blackstrap Ridge. Several new twisty mountain-bike trails loop up and down the hill immediately south of the powerline. Two other trails ascend from the parking lot up the hill. The middle trail is a twisty mountain bike trail that eventually crosses the powerline to enter the system of trails south of the powerline.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
There are two trailheads for the Blackstrap Community Forest Trail System.
Blackstrap Road Trailhead: Follow Blackstrap Road a quarter mile north of its intersection with Mountain Road and look for the trailhead on the right side. From the north, Follow Blackstrap Road south a quarter mile south of its intersection with Mast Road and look for the trailhead on the left. There is a parking lot with an accompanying sign.
Hurricane Road Trailhead: The trailhead on Hurricane Road in Falmouth is 100 meters west of the bridge over the Maine Turnpike on the south side. There is a parking lot at the end of a dirt path and at a small section that juts out from the path.
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