DeMeritt University Forest - North

The University of Maine Forestry Office maintains this extensive network of woods roads and single track trails which provides opportunities for diverse non-motorized recreation within a working research forest.
Trail Activity
13.5 miles, Network
Moderate, Advanced
Old Town
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge


The northern section of the DeMeritt University Forest includes woods roads and single track suitable for walking, trail running, and mountain biking. Snowshoeing and skiing are popular winter uses, though the trails are not groomed as they are in the southern portion of the DeMeritt Forest.

The DeMeritt University Forest was named for Dwight B. Demeritt in 1971 in recognition of his work to procure the land for the University of Maine. The DeMeritt University Forest has played a key role in education and training of students as well as research and demonstration. It is a haven for wildlife and members of the University community alike.

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Visit the University Forestry Office online for more information or contact:

University of Maine, Forestry Office

University of Maine, Forestry Office
250 Nutting Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-2849
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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.
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Trailhead Information

College Avenue Extension: There are two primary access points via gated woods roads directly off College Avenue Extension. From the traffic light at the intersection of Stillwater Avenue and College Avenue, head north on College Avenue Extension. The first trailhead is in approximately 1.1 miles. A gravel parking lot is on the left (west) side of the road while the gated road leaves from the right (east) side of the road.

The second major trailhead, also leaving from a gated road and gravel parking area, is in another 0.7 miles, or approximately 1.8 miles from the Stillwater Avenue traffic light.

The trails can also be accessed earlier on College Avenue and off of Stillwater Avenue and ME-43, all with extremely limited parking, or at the Old Town High School.

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