Houlton Riverfront Park and Meduxnekeag River Trail

The riverside trail runs parallel to the Meduxnekeag River. In Riverfront Park, there are a number of educational plaques with illustrations and narratives of local history and local wildlife and plants.
Trail Activity
Walking Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing Mountain-biking
4.60 miles, Network
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Dirt/Forest Floor


The non-motorized trail is a wide, gravel path that runs parallel to Meduxnekeag River in Riverfront Park and then follows the river and loops through the fields and forests between the Park and I-95. The trail is open to walking, birding, fishing, biking, picnicking and skiing. Please be prepared for changing conditions. 

Riverfront Park, dedicated in 2009, has a large, sheltered picnic area. A 17,000-pound bronze moose statue sits next to the parking lot, greeting visitors to the park.

From the park, hikers can walk across the Meduxnekeag River via the Gateway Crossing Footbridge, to Houlton's historic downtown Market Square, where one can find boutiques and shops to stop in and make a purchase, have a latte, a snack, or just look around. The Gateway Crossing Footbridge also provides access to the park and the trail from downtown Houlton. With trails on both side of the river and bridges to connect them, a loop of about 3.4 miles can be made, up one side of the river and down the other.

Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to the park and trail using his wheelchair at MTF Stories

Other Information

In the park and along the length of the trail are a number of installed, educational plaques that have graphic illustrations and narrative explanations of local history, wildlife, and plants.

Pets are allowed but their waste must be removed. Riverside Park provides dog waste bags without charge.

Motorized vehicles, camping and fires are prohibited.

Please do not litter. 


Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Houlton online for more information, or contact:

Town of Houlton

Town of Houlton
Parks & Recreation Department
21 Water Street
Houlton, ME 04730
Phone: (207)-532-1310
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Make a small campsite, preferably where there is no vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

To get to the parking lot, head north on US-1/US-2/North Street away from the center of town and turn right onto Mill Street. The parking lot is shortly after on the left. The trailhead is located on the north side of the parking lot. The trail can be also accessed from the north side of the Highland Avenue Bridge following a wooden stairway. A mid-sized public parking lot is located in the Park next to the Meduxnekeag Bridge.

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November 30, 2020
@MAXS Thanks for letting us know! We updated the posting with the additional trails. Happy trails!
November 30, 2020
Trail is now about 3 miles long, running along the Meduxnekeag River from Riverfront Park before turning inland forming a loop through forests and fields.
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