Central ME

Central ME

Rick Swan Trails, Perch Pond, Old Town

Kirkland Rd.
Old Town  Maine  04468
United States

Description

The Perch Pond area, located off the Kirkland Road in Old Town, offers the newest riding opportunity in the greater Bangor area. Several miles of new single track trails were cleared this past summer and fall and work will continue throughout the year. These trails are now refered to as the Rick Swan Trails.

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. Since then over eight miles of single track trails have been cleared.

The trail system at Perch Pond 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.

Those who like the excitement of exploring a new trail system, and seeing the trails evolve, should visit in the early summer. By late summer, trails such as "Hundred Acre Wood," "Long Way Home," and "Twitch" will have become classics!  When the Perch Pond crew of Penobscot Region is not riding trails, they will be flagging additional trails, working with the university on building key bridges, helping with signage, and developing user friendly maps of the area. 

—Deb Merrill Read more about Rick Swan Trails, Perch Pond, Old Town

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Rose Bikes

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Central ME

Newman and Bangor Hills, Orono

Taylor Rd.
Orono  Maine  04473
United States

Description

The singletrack on Newman and Bangor hills is technical, narrow, and twisty.  And steep. In one ride, you may travel less than five to 10 miles, but I guarantee you will enjoy every minute of it and be exhausted at the end of the ride.  

Now, the trails are designed for the advanced intermediate to expert rider. Of the various uphill sections, riders have been heard to say that the trails are 'impossible to ride.'   Especially during wet conditions. And you will find these trails slick more often than not.  The rocks and roots tend to sweat on hot humid summer days, and the fields of moss are always sloshy. These are also the days when the deer flies and mosquitoes swarm. So bug repellant is recommended.

The trails wind through a dense softwood forest.  Hemlocks, spruce, and cedar dominate the area.  Don't get me wrong; the trails are not muddy. The water all goes downhill.  There are very few mud holes. But fat tires are highly recommended.  A four-season Omniterra bike by Surly or Salsa rides like a charm out there. Those large wheels gobble up rocks and roots. A narrow handlebar width also makes sense.

The singletrack weaves into a gully between the two hills.  This exposed ledgy terrain is the steepest, and the fastest. These trails are among the few in the Penobscot Region that provide a ride with significant elevation gain.  These trails also parallel an abandoned railroad bed that is actively being pursued to be turned into a Rail Trail.  Eventually, this will be a place where riders of all levels can enjoy the terrain.

This area also contains a vast network of cross-country ski trails.  With the continued construction and maintenance of the singletrack mountain bike trails on Newman and Bangor hills, this area is becoming a four season, family-friendly recreational area.
Just off the Taylor Road in Orono, you'll find information, maps, and parking at the trailhead. For more information, contact www.oronolandtrust.org
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Central ME

Downtown Orono - Orono Land Trust

Colburn Dr.
Orono  Maine  04473
United States
Multiple properties

Description

The Orono Land Trust offers an abundant network of trails linked directly to downtown Orono. Parking near the local bike shop, Rose Bike, provides quick access to trails and convenient après-bike food and drink - or bike repair.

There are three general areas to ride: Piney Knoll Conservation Area, Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area, and Skylar Park, the latter two of which connect with Orono High School trails.

From downtown head east on Route 2 toward the high school and into a terrific network of fast, loamy, and just slightly rooty singletrack.  Here you can access a network of wider and smoother trails in these woods.  From the highest point head north towards Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area or south towards Skylar Park.  Heading south towards Skylar offers more of the same loamy soil with fun twists, turns, and dips.  Riding north instead takes you down one of the most fun, technical descents in the the area before crossing over Forest Avenue and climbing into Jeremiah Colburn. 

Jeremiah offers its own cluster of singletrack, most of it technically challenging due to the abundance of roots. Don't let that deter you: the trails are also fun and fast.  Ride up towards the highway and race the northbound cars on the "I-95" trail downhill towards the industrial park.  Turn eastward and a bit of pavement leads you back onto dirt and down to the Stillwater River Trail.  From here head south back to town or north towards the University of Maine trail system. Back in town cross over the Stillwater River onto Marsh Island and point your wheels toward Piney Knoll, which offers several miles of singletrack and doubletrack.  The terrain is generally rocky and rooty, but offers spectacular views of the Penobscot River.  Explore the area carefully and you might also find a real treat: the dirt roller coaster trail hidden in the woods. For more information and maps, visit www.oronolandtrust.org

—Erik daSilva Read more about Downtown Orono - Orono Land Trust

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PR NEMBA Saturday Beginner Ride

Event Date

Repeats every week every Saturday until Sun Oct 22 2017 .
5/13/17 9:00am

If you are a beginner or novice mountain bike rider in the greater Bangor area, feel free to join us on one of our beginner rides!.  Typically our rides leave on Saturday and go to various locations near Bangor. Please make sure you contact the ride leader since weather and trail condition might cancel.

The rides will generally start at 9:00 am until the end of spring, during the summer at 8:00 am, and again at 9:00 am in the fall. Starting times will deviate from these times on occasion, so please verify with the ride leaders.

Our riding locations include Bangor City Forest and Walden-Park Preserve, Dedham, Downtown Orono, Marsh Island, Newman and Bangor Hills, and Perch Pond, to name a few.  

Check Penobscot Region NEMBA website or Facebook page for upcoming ride locations ands start times.   
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Location

Bangor/Orono/Old Town/Dedham, ME

Chapter

State

Maine

Ride Level

Beginner
Novice
Advanced-novice

Ride Types

Ride Style

XC

Ride Leader Name

Emmy Monahan

Central Maine

  • The Central Maine chapter of NEMBA (CeMeNEMBA) is a dedicated, enthusiastic group making a difference for locals and folks from away who enjoy mountain biking on the growing network of trails in Central Maine.  Our mission is to “Build it, Bike it” for trail lovers like yourself! We work in the Augusta – Hallowell area, the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville, the Pine Ridge Recreation Area in Waterville, and at the new Androscoggin Riverlands State Park in Turner, and at Bond Brook in Augusta. If you enjoy mountain biking in Central Maine, please join CeMeNEMBA today!

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Bethel Area

  • Bethel Area NEMBA:

    The Bethel area has a large number of mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, along with a local business climate committed to creating four season activities that will bring visitors to the area year round.  The initial interest in creating an NEMBA chapter is high, and everyone recognizes the benefits of joining NEMBA as a way to create structure and legitimacy for our trail building organization. 

    On April 13, 2011 we held a scoping meeting to determine the level of interest within the community.  On an email and word of mouth campaign of only a few days I was shocked to find 21 people attending the first meeting.  At that meeting a board of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer was voted on and plans for summer trail work was discuss.  Word of mouth has continued to spread and we now have over 40 people that have asked us to put them on the contact list.

    Leadership:

    A chapter board and succession plan has been developed.  As the organization grows we plan on also developing committees to help organizes events such as trail building, races and group rides. 

    Projects:

    Gould Academy:

    Gould Academy in Bethel has developed roughly five miles of singletrack on their Nordic ski trails.  An additional mile has been flagged and is ready to cut, along with plans to build a pump track and technical features.  Gould’s trails will be used as our showcase network, particularly as a way to show how Nordic and mountain bike trails can work together within a managed timber forest.  


    Mt. Abram Ski Resort:

    Permission has been granted to the group to cut cross-country mountain bike trails at Mt. Abram in Greenwood.  Trail ideas have been flagged and cutting began May 7th on the first loop.  Mt. Abram’s owner, Matt Hancock is very interested in creating a multi-use trail from Mt. Abram to Bethel.  This multi-use trail would then connect the Gould single track and the Mt. Abram single track. 

    Sunday River Ski Resort:

    Sunday River currently runs and maintains a lift access downhill mountain bike park.  Mountain management has shown interest in allowing another organization to develop more cross-country trails on the resort’s property, which extends far beyond the ski trails.  In particular toward the Frenchman’s Hole area to the northwest and the large area of Maine public reserve land surrounding Grafton Notch State Park.  The forester for this region’s reserve land has already begun to work with local Nordic skiers to develop a new forest management plan that includes more non-motorized trail construction.  Bethel NEMBA will lobby for singletrack trail construction also. 

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Penobscot Region

  • Penobscot Region NEMBA's mission is to promote more mountain biking opportunities in the greater Bangor area and to work with local lands trusts and state agencies.

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Carrabassett Region

  • Carrabassett Region NEMBA (CR NEMBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and maintenance of a sustainable multi-use trail network in the western mountains of Maine, largely based in Franklin County. Our goals are to promote wellness by increasing the use of regional trails, to link communities and to support local businesses. Click here to visit our CR NEMBA Chapter Website. We work closely with landowners, local governments, and other organizations to preserve access to sustainable trails for mountain bicyclists. 

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