Once a rail line from Portland to Augusta, the Kennebec River Rail Trail today is an easy 6.5 mile recreational trail. From Gardiner to Augusta, it provides exciting opportunities for all-season biking, running, walking and cross country skiing. It is a very scenic trail ducking along the river shore, through wooded areas, and charismatic towns.
It is a relatively flat, 10-feet-wide asphalt trail with multiple access points along the length of the trail. If you're looking for a quick walk, or long run, the trail is very family-friendly, and stroller and wheelchair accessible. Whether starting in Augusta, or Gardiner, Hallowell is a pleasant "half-way" marker. You can walk on through, or enjoy a bite to eat at one of their charming restaurants. The Friends of Kennebec River Rail Trail hold yearly marathons, half-marathons, and 5K races.
Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to the rail trail using his wheelchair at MTF Stories.
The Friends of Kennebec River Rail Trail are proud of the volunteers working to keep the trail clean, and user-friendly. Please carry out all trash and animal waste.
Visit Friends of Kennebec River Rail Trail online for more information and a printable map or contact:
Augusta: There are multiple places to park in Augusta including Capitol Park, the Inland Fish & Wildlife parking lot and in the lot on Front Street. Click one of the parking icons for directions to the specific point.
Hallowell: Park at Granite City Park. This parking area is gravel.
Gardiner trailhead: Parking is available in the Gardiner Hannaford lot.
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