Penobscot River Trails - Ski Trails

This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
This trail system is currently PARTIALLY OPEN. See Trail Alerts tab for details.
Penobscot River Trails offers 16 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails in a pristine untouched riverside wilderness.
Trail Activity
Length
16.0 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Soldiertown Twp T2 R7 WELS
Surface
Groomed Snow
Pets
Not Permitted
Fees
No

Description

From the trailhead at the Visitor Center, the Silver Maple trail travels through the woods over mostly flat terrain. It crosses various small campus trails for about a half a mile before reaching and following a small side-branch of the river and marshes on the left. The Silver Maple trail reaches main river after 1.4 miles, and follows the river along its banks for an additional 0.4 miles before reaching a trail junction. At the junction, the Tote Road goes to the right, and the River Trail goes to the left.

The Riverside Trail follows the banks of the Penobscot River for its entire length of 6.7 miles, offering spectacular view, and occasional crossings over well-constructed bridges. There are Link Trails to the east every mile or two, linking to the Tote Road which parallels the Riverside Trail and heads back to the Silver Maple Trail, allowing skiers to loop back to the trailhead at any time for routes of a variety of distances. The Riverside Trail leads to two warming huts with vault toilets. The Pine and Ridges warming hut is located 3.5 miles from the trailhead; the Long Meadow warming hut, which offers views of Katahdin, is 8.5 miles from the trailhead.

The Tote Road Trail is 5.3 miles in length, and can be used as a return route from the Long Meadow hut back to the junction with the Silver Maple Trail.

At the northern end of the trail network, the Long Meadow Hill Trail offers another 1.9 miles of skiing, as an alternative to the Tote Road from the Long Meadow warming hut. 

At the southern end of the trail network, the Long Logan Loop circles along the river near the Visitor Center for 1.2 miles of easy skiing.

Other Information

Penobscot River Trails is a nature preserve which is privately owned by a family funded Maine registered charitable foundation. The trails are groomed with a Pisten Bully snow groomer for Olympic quality trails. The Visitor Center has a wood stove and heated restrooms; the warming huts (day-use only) are heated with wood stoves.

All visitors are required to register at the Visitor Center to use the trails. No walking, fat-tire bicycling, or other visitation permitted during the winter.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Penobscot River Trails website, or contact:

Penobscot River Trails

Penobscot River Trails
2540 Grindstone Road
Soldiertown TWP, Maine 04460
Phone: (207) 746-5807
admin@penobscotrivertrails.org
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Trailhead Information

From Bangor, take I-95 north to exit 244 (Medway). Go left at the top of the exit ramp, continue past the Irving gas station, and take the next right onto ME-11. Continue north on ME-11 for 11.9 miles, and turn left after Haybrook. There is a PRT sign at the entrance on the left side of ME-11. Follow the signs for 0.5 miles to the parking lot and Visitor Center.

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Penobscot River Trails Closure Information
As of Sunday April 19, 2020, due to COVID-19, PRT has made the decision to keep the doors to the Visitor's Center closed and the gates to public parking lots locked, through July 1, 2020. This opening date is subject to change based off of the severity of COVID-19. Tentative dates to open earlier, or open later remain unknown.
  • Please note that all trails are accessible for walk-in day use.
  • Please adhere to Maine State Social Distancing Guidelines.
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