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Norway Rail Trail

Walk along an abandoned railbed behind the scenes of downtown Norway.
Trail Activity
Mountain-biking Walking
0.60 miles, One Way
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Sand, Grass, Pavement


The Norway Rail Trail is a popular local shortcut between the Gouin Athletic Complex and ME-26 strip in South Paris and Norway's downtown. It follows a decommissioned rail line for 0.6 miles trailhead to trailhead, crossing two roads and passing behind several neighborhoods. Bikes are welcome on the trails, but please be aware and respectful of pedestrians.

Read about MTF Accessibility Ambassador Enock Glidden's visit to the rail trail using his wheelchair at MTF Stories

Trail Manager

Healthy Oxford Hills

Healthy Oxford Hills
181 Main Street
Norway, Maine 04268
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Use only small pieces of dead and down wood for campfires and let them burn down to ash. Please extinguish your campfire before leaving.
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Trailhead Information

Visitors to the Norway Rail Trail may park at either the South Paris or the Norway end.

  • South Paris: park in the skate park lot across from the Dead River truck depot on Charles Street (turn off of 26 at the Paris Farmers Union). The trailhead is directly across Charles Street, just follow the old rail ties.
  • Norway: park in the dirt lot across the street from the Norway Fire Department and Town Office on Beal Street. The trailhead is at the back right corner of the lot.
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July 05, 2023
Such a beautiful, short, in town trail! I remember walking this when it still had railroad ties partially exposed/buried. Now the surface is wonderful crushed stone. And the vegetation along it is beautiful!
July 05, 2021
This trail was improved in 2019 and had the rails removed, the trail widened and surfaced with stone dust, the footbridge resurfaced, and signage added at the Norway trailheads. It's now wide and flat enough for a stroller, wheelchair, or bike. I've ridden my road bike on it many times and never had a problem. On a walk today the air was filled with birdsong and the trail was in good condition.
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