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Mount Apatite

Mount Apatite is an extensive network of forested trails that link abandoned quarries, gleaming slag piles, steep ledges, and giant boulders.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking Hiking
7.60 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor



This is a busy trail system, especially on weekends between 9AM-4PM. Consider visiting outside of peak periods. Use Maine Trail Finder to identify other nearby trails. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, please choose another trail.

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.

Other Information

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.

Trail Manager

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

Androscoggin Land Trust

Androscoggin Land Trust
86 Main Street, Suite 201
PO Box 3145
Auburn, ME 04212
Phone: (207) 782-2302
View website

City of Auburn

City of Auburn
Hasty Community Center
48 Pettengill Park Road
Auburn, Maine 04210
Phone: (207) 333-6601
View website

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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Avoid hypothermia, even in warm weather, by limiting your sweat and exposure to cold water. Bring warm and dry clothes in case the shivers set in.
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Trailhead Information

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.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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walking jane
September 29, 2023
I so wish the trails were better marked; the blazing seemed almost non-existent this afternoon... It's such a great place to walk, but I always wind up getting lost!
May 28, 2023
My son lost his "blankie" when mining on Friday May 26, 2023.
If anyone finds it(it is VERY loved, holes in the corners) mint green with a brown circular pattern, very faded, please reach out to me.
November 13, 2020
Nice wide trails, very pretty, great network. The mine was interesting. The trails are marked but some of the paint blazes on the trees are rather faded so be on the lookout.
June 03, 2020
One of the most mosquito-y hikes I've been on over 35 summers of hiking across Maine. The trails were lovely though, I'd be interested to come back and do some snowshoeing in the winter, when it's less marshy/boggy.
May 15, 2019
Went on mothers day with my mom and kids. Easy trails with a lot of awesome things to see. Everyone had a absolute blast and we definitely plan on going again in the future. There were some very unique looking trees around too for anyone who enjoys that like I do.
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