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 flat, asphalt trail with three access points in Farmingdale, and one in Hallowell. If you're looking for a quick walk, or long run, the trail is very family-friendly, and wheel chair 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 for locals and newcomers to participate in.
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 trailhead: Northern trail head, take Interstate 95 to Exit 30B and head east on US 202. At the traffic circle, take the exit for US 201/Western Ave./SR 17. Turn left on Swan, turn right on Grove, then another right into the Maine State Housing Authority parking lot after going over the tracks. To reach the second access point, turn onto Union Street just south of Capitol Park and turn right into the parking lots for the ball fields at Capital Park (near the YMCA).
Hallowell: Park along Water Street/US 201 near Front Street. Trail junction on Greenville Street.
Gardiner trailhead: Parking in Gardiner Hannaford lot. Route 201 in Gardiner, go east on Water St/ME-9/ME-126 toward Church St. Take first left onto Maine Ave/ME-9/ME-126/ME-24, should see Hannaford - 40 Main Ave - Berry & Berry Floral is on the corner. If you reach Library St, you've gone too far.
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