Small Road Trailhead: From ME Routes 11/121/Minot Avenue in Auburn, head right on Hatch Road for 1.5 Miles. Turn right onto Small Road and follow till you see the trailhead at the end of the road.
Army National Guard Trailhead: From ME Routes 11/121/Minot Avenue in Auburn Maine turn right on Garfield Road for 0.5 miles. Turn left onto Stevens Mill Road and park near the baseball fields. The trailhead can be found by walking through the armory to the woods.
Mount Apatite Park is a three hundred twenty-five acre wooded park located in the western portion of Auburn. The park offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities not often found in municipal park settings.
In the winters, the trail is groomed for cross country skiing and snow shoeing. In the spring, summer, and fall, the trails are open to mountain bikers, runners, hikers, and other non-motorized trail users.
Rock hunters have known about this area for over one hundred fifty years when the first discoveries of gem-quality tourmaline were found there. Since then, the area has experienced a great deal of mineral exploration, both commercial and amateur. Today amateurs may still search the mine tailings for Apatite, Tourmaline, and Quartz specimens (specific rules apply).
With assistance from a Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant, five kilometers (3.1 miles) of multi-purpose trails were constructed in the summer of 1994 within the park to serve all outdoor enthusiasts.
Androscoggin Land Trust
86 Main Street, Suite 201
PO Box 3145
Auburn, ME 04212
Phone: (207) 782-2302
City of Auburn
Parks and Recreation Department
Hasty Community Center
48 Pettengill Park Road
Auburn, ME 04210
Phone: (207) 333-6601 ext. 2108
Check for nearby geocaches to Mount Apatite.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.