Old River Road Winter Trail

This 5-mile loop along the East Branch Penobscot River is groomed for track and skate skiing. It is a good trail for beginning cross-country skiers.
Trail Activity
Length
5.1 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Towns
T5 R8 WELS, T6 R8 WELS
Surface
Groomed Snow
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Old River Road Winter Trail begins from a small parking area just off the Grand Lake Road. The groomed trail starts on a seasonal road that is closed during the winter. Follow this trail for 0.8 miles, past an info kiosk, to a junction where the loop begins. To do the loop in a clockwise direction, turn left at this junction. The trail gradually descends through hardwood forest, then makes a sharp turn and begins running alongside the East Branch Penobscot River. The trail follows the river for about 1.8 miles and then turns back up, making a very gradual ascent back up to the seasonally closed road. Turn right here (the trail to the left goes towards Haskell Rock Pitch) and you will eventually find yourself back at the start of the loop. From here you can decide to do the loop again, or head back to the trailhead by the same route you came in on.

Other Information

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

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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
P.O. Box 662
Patten, Maine 04765
Phone: 207-456-6001
lunksoos@gmail.com
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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 & Waters Recreation Area can be accessed just beyond the camps on the left. During winter, additional parking is available at the nearby winter parking area for Baxter State Park.

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