Midcoast Maine NEMBA
"Where the Mountains Meet the Sea" is the motto of mid-coast Maine. Riding your mountain bike in our little slice of paradise affords some of the nicest, most varied trails you are likely to ever experience. Just three hours by car from Boston, several of our favorite local rides start at sea level and top out almost 1,000 feet later with gorgeous views of Penobscot Bay.
The Mid Coast Maine Chapter of NEMBA (a.k.a., McNEMBA) is dedicated to the support, sustainment and expansion of mountain biking opportunities in our community. The epicenter of our riding area is in the towns of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville and Rockland and we cover mountain bike-related activities in the area roughly between Waldoboro to the south/west and Belfast to the north/east on the coast of Maine.
McNEMBA was founded in 2008, but various groups of hardy mountain bikers have been exploring our quintessential northeast terrain for more than 20 years. McNEMBA today is focused on the expansion of riding opportunities for kids of all ages and experience levels. Part of our program includes weekly “NEMBA Explorers” sessions during the Summer months to shepard in the next generation of the mountain biking tribe.
In addition to trail maintenance and building, much of our work over the past five years has been in developing relationships with local governments, landowners and land conservation groups to secure cooperative, community-based support for mountain bikers and a connected trail system.
There are currently four featured riding zones here. They are: Camden Snow Bowl and Ragged Mountain Preserve lands in Camden; Camden Hills State Park in Lincolnville and Camden; and the Rockland Bog area and Pleasant Mountain in Rockland. The first two are reasonably well marked and mapped with information available at both the trail heads and local bike shops. The latter two areas are better experienced with local rider support as neither of them is mapped or blazed. If you reach out to one of the local shops they can point you in the right direction for trail heads and general directions, and maybe even be able to hook you up with some local riders who like giving guided tours.
One of the unique features of riding in the mid-coast area is chair lift-served trail access at the Camden Snow Bowl at various times during the year. In particular, the lifts run one weekend per month during the Fall on Ragged Mountain just 5 minutes from beautiful downtown Camden. The trails at the Snow Bowl feature a variety of cross-country, mostly sane downhill and naturally technical terrain. Locals and others alike typically enjoy riding the climb, but on lift-served days we all enjoy maximizing our gravity assisted fun.
Of course, don't hesitate to reach out to the McNEMBA contact listed on this page for more information about local rides and resources.