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Historic Pines Trail

The Historic Pines Trail provides the visitor access to a scenic area of national historic significance along the banks of the Kennebec River. There is also a trail to the river for wade in fly fishing.
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0.80 miles, One Way
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


The Historic Pines Trail gives visitors a glimpse into history at many levels and the trail features pristine unchanged scenic vistas. The Trail is approximately one mile, following a ridge along the Kennebec River. Unique site markers give a brief history of the site as well as other thought provoking items. River access for fly fishing buffs offers the best wade-in trout fishing in the area. The picnic area provides a serene place for outside gatherings and is handicapped accessible. Visitors may access the Father Rasle monument from the trail and learn the significance of this site as home of the Wabanaki people and the history of English settlement, and later as a stopping place of Colonel Benedict Arnold's Wilderness March to Quebec.

Other Information

The site is open year round, closed at sunset. No overnight camping is allowed. There are no public rest facilities at this time.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Madison online for more information or contact:

Town of Madison
PO Box 190
26 Weston Avenue
Madison, ME 04950
Phone: (207) 696-3971
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Trailhead Information

The Historic Pines Trail can be accessed from Route 201A to the Father Rasle (Rale) Road, approximately 4 miles from the Norridgewock bridge on the left. Continue on the Father Road and the Pines site will be approximately 3 miles on the left. Roadside parking is available and the area is handicapped accessible.

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