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.
Visit City of Auburn Parks and Recreation or LA Trails, a program of the Androscoggin Land Trust, online for more information or contact:
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.
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