Old River Road Trail

Enjoy a short hike along the East Branch Penobscot River - great place to watch wildlife or have a picnic.
Trail Activity
Mountain-biking Walking
1.0 mile, One Way
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone


The Old River Road Trail is an easy, double-track trail along the East Branch Penobscot River. About halfway between each trailhead there is a spacious campsite.

Other Information

To enjoy this trail in the snowy months; please visit The Old River Road Winter Trail posting

Pets must be leashed at all times, and are not allowed in or near the huts.

Permits are required for overnight parking and stays at huts. Reservations are made through the National Park Service.

Fires are permitted only in designated sites and require a permit from the Maine Forest Service (Ashland Office, 207-435-7963).

Trail Manager

Visit Katahdin Woods and Waters online for more information and a printable map, or contact:

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
PO Box 446
Patten, Maine 04765
Phone: (207) 456-6001
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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

From I-95 take Exit 264; turn west onto ME-158 which shortly joins ME-11. Bear right on ME-11 and travel 9 miles to Patten. Leaving Patten, turn left on ME-159, the Shin Pond Road. Continue 26 miles on this road to the Matagamon Wilderness Store and Camps. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument can be accessed just beyond the camps on the left.

Follow this road for about 0.8 miles to the northern trailhead. To reach the southern trailhead, continue another mile, turn left and follow this road about 0.4 miles to its end. The historic 1857 Thoreau Checkerberry-tea Campsite can also be reached from this trailhead.

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October 03, 2016
Joyce Bradway camped to attend educational event explaining management of BSP woods new trail just cut and to meet with other hikers who are concerned about sales of woods to meet expenses of the park.
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