The Rick Swan Trail System at the Perch Pond Woodlot is located off the Kirkland Road in Old Town and offers an expansive set of trails in the Bangor area, comprised of both mowed woods roads and challenging singletrack.
This 850-acre parcel, which borders the undeveloped Perch Pond (formerly Mud Pond) in Old Town, came under ownership of the University of Maine in 2010. In the spring of 2012, local mountain bikers were invited to help develop a sustainable multi-user trail system under the direction of university forester Al Kimball, the Forest Society of Maine, and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife of the the State of Maine.
The trail system at Swan’s was designed to provide drier riding conditions during the wet seasons, better user access to Perch Pond, and challenging New England style technical riding. All new trails were designed and built by mountain bikers and are open to all users. The single track trails range from a half mile to 2 miles or more in length and will challenge both intermediate and expert riders. Users may spot moose, deer, porcupine, and other wildlife while riding. An abundant supply of wild blackberries will provide a sweet snack for late summer riders and post ride beverages can be found in the nearby college town of Orono.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit the University Forests Office online for more information or contact:
Directions to North Trail Parking Lot on Kirkland Road:
From Exit 193 on I-95: follow signs for US-2 and merge onto Stillwater Avenue. Continue 0.4 miles to intersection with Bennoch Rd. Turn left onto Bennoch Road and continue 0.6 miles to Kirkland Road. Turn left onto Kirkland Road and continue 4.4 miles. Look for gravel parking lot on the left.
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