Southern ME

SIx Rivers NEMBA Neptune Woods Trail Opening

Date

10/21/18 10:00am to 2:00pm

Neptune Woods Trails Celebration

Sunday, October 21

 

Join us to celebrate the opening of the new multi-use trails located off of Neptune Drive in Brunswick.

10:00am – 12:00pm at Neptune Woods

Tours of the new trails;

Group rides for all experience levels and ages;

Center Street Cycles and Specialized Bicycles will be on site with 12 of their Stumpjumper mountain bikes for attendees to try.

12:00pm – 2:00pm at Flight Deck Brewing

Social hour to toast the new trails;

Gorham Bike and Ski will be on site offering bike repair and mechanics workshops.

Join the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust (BTLT) and Six Rivers-New England Mountain Bike Association (6R-NEMBA) to celebrate the new mountain bike trails at Neptune Woods on Brunswick Landing. Thanks to support from Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority and Midcoast Hospital, over 4 miles of introductory level trails were built on this 64-acre parcel of land on the former Naval Air Station.

On October 21, BTLT, 6R-NEMBA, Flight Deck Brewing, Center Street Cycles, Gorham Bike and Ski, Specialized Bikes, and many other community supporters will come together for group rides, demos, tours, workshops, and a toast to the trails. We hope you’ll be there too!

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

 

Directions:

Head east on Bath Road from downtown Brunswick, toward Cooks Corner
Turn right onto Admiral Fitch Ave
Turn left onto Forrestal Drive
Turn right onto Neptune Drive
Neptune Woods will be on your left, across from Coastal Landing
You may park in the Coastal Landing lot for this event.

 

      

And don't forget to bring a nice crisp $20 bill to snag yourself one of these sweet LIMITED EDITION Six Rivers NEMBA Hats.

Good for your head, good for the trails and good for the chapter!

Read more about SIx Rivers NEMBA Neptune Woods Trail Opening

Chapter

Six Rivers

Event Leader

Lawrence Kovac
lkovacsb3@gmail.com

Southern ME

Knight's Pond Preserve, Cumberland

477 Greely Rd Extension
Cumberland  Maine  04021
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

5%

Description

Cumberland and North Yarmouth's Knight's Pond Preserve's 300 acres host a variety of marked trails ranging from easy to hard.

In the winter you'll be sharing the trails with x-country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobiles.

In warmer weather the trail abound with hikers, trail runners and dog walkers.

What bring's everyone to Knight's Pond? It's the trails. They're fun.

Local riding groups regularly frequent these trails and located as they are a little over 1/2 mile from the center of two towns, they're easy to get to.

There are about 10 miles of trails at Knight's Pond, all of which are enjoiyable in both directions and more may be developed in the future. Read more about Knight's Pond Preserve, Cumberland

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & Ski

Southern ME

Presumpscot River Trails, Portland

189 Summit St.
Portland  Maine  04103
United States

Easy

30%

Moderate

55%

Difficult

15%

Description

The Presumpscot River Preserve and Oak Nuts Park are located in Falmouth and Portland.  Together they form what we refer to as the Presumpscot River Trails.

Entry to the trail system is at Oak Nuts Park.

Looping in and out of the woods the trails feature many short challenge sections, many well built bridges and lots of scenic views of the Presumpscot River. The trails on the north side of the river area bit more challenging. But there's nothing that the average rider can't handle. 

Departing from the local norm there are very few rocks on these trails. But some sections may be impassable during the high water periods of early spring. Poison Ivy can overtake some trails by mid summer, be cautious.

The Presumpscot River Trails are a lot of fun to explore. Locals are out on the trails every day of the week and you'll also see plenty of dog walkers. 

There's an alternate starting area at 125 Bridgton Rd in Westbrook.




  Read more about Presumpscot River Trails, Portland

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & SKi

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern ME

Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

15 Farm View Rd
New Gloucester  Maine  04260
United States

Easy

80%

Moderate

15%

Difficult

5%

Description

Pineland Farms is a wonderful place to bring your family. It's a 5,000 acre commercial farm with over 18 miles of trails. The trails, designed for cross country skiing in the winter are also open to mountain bikers in season.

There's a fee system, $5 for a day pass or $40 for a year.

There's some climbing and it's quite scenic. It's a great place to ride with your family or, to bring a newer rider.

There's a farm store and lots of kid's activities. So it's possible for mom or dad to drop the kids off, go for a ride and then return to pick up the kids who will have had their own, more educational, adventure. Read more about Pineland Farms, New Gloucester

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern ME

Libby Hill Forest, Gray

50 Libby Hill Rd
Gray  Maine  04039
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

40%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Libby Hill Forest gets its origins from sheep farming. Located at the top of a hill it's been mostly abandoned since the 1800's. It's remote! Though you're not too far from the center of Gray you'll feel like you're way in the backcountry. 

Save for the early spring or other times when the ground is too soft to support us, mountain biking is allowed all year long on all trails. However, don't ride in the tracks on groomed cross country ski trails. Read more about Libby Hill Forest, Gray

Local Shops

Allspeed Cyclery

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern ME

Clifford Park, Biddeford

1 Parent Ave
Biddeford  Maine  04005
United States

Easy

20%

Moderate

45%

Difficult

35%

Description

Clifford Park is a challenging place to ride. Lots of singletracks, many not refelcted on the map, some quite difficult. It has a reputation as a freeride haven but there are a lot of more mellow trails too. 

Expect to discover about 8 miles of trails when you fully explore the place.  Located right in Biddeford it's extremely popular with local riders.  This Strava map suggests the frequency that the trails are ridden and offers clues to some nearby riding too. Read more about Clifford Park, Biddeford

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Southern ME

Blackstrap Hill Community Forest, Falmouth

1 Babbidge Rd
Falmouth  Maine  04105
United States

Easy

40%

Moderate

35%

Difficult

15%

Description

Blackstrap Hill is very popular with area mountain bikers.  Its 520 acres hold over 10 miles of trails.

There's a good mix of trails, from flowing singletrack through technical trails and even some borderline freeride stuff.

The trails here are pretty well marked with the blue and red trails getting a lot of use.

This Strava map suggests which trails are the most popular and also suggest how the Community Forest's trails link into other nearby popular riding areas.

Printed maps are available at the Falmouth Town Hall and Public Works Building. Read more about Blackstrap Hill Community Forest, Falmouth

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & Ski

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern ME

Edmund L. Smith Preserve, Kennebunkport

590 Guinea Rd
Kennebunkport  Maine  04046
United States

Easy

60%

Moderate

30%

Difficult

10%

Description

The Edmund L. Smith Preserve is the Kennebuck Conservation Trust's largest land holding.  It forms part of the largest parcel of undeveloped near-coastal land in the Greater Portland area.

10+ miles of trails welcome mountain bikers, hikers and cross country skiers and snowshoers. This Stava map suggests which of the Preserve's trails are the most popular for mountain bikers.

The preserve's trails range from very mild singletrack suitable for families or newer riders to highly technical but for the most part ridable singletrack.

Bobcat Ridege in the northern part of the preserve is by faar the most challenging. plenty of tight switchbacks and lots of large smooth rocks to ride over and on. The Brook Trail is short but challenging. especially if you ride it south to north.

Don't be put off by 10+ miles. Ride everything here and you'll have a very enjoyable day's riding. Then too it's possible to extend your ride by venturing off on some of the unmarked singletracks that you'll encounter.  Read more about Edmund L. Smith Preserve, Kennebunkport

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Tri-City Bicycles

Links to Relevant Resources

Southern ME

Yarmouth West Side Trail

Tyler Drive
Yarmouth  Maine  04096
United States

Description

Yarmouth - The West Side Trail in Yarmouth is the newest multi-use trail in the Portland area.

The trail is built primarily on the Central Maine Power transmission corridor which runs from the tip of Cousins Island to North Yarmouth along the western border of Yarmouth.

It's not your typical power line trail however.

Very little of the trail is on an existing service road and much of it resides inside the treeline.

Experienced riders will find the singletrack trail fun, flowy and not particularly technical (other than a few tight switchbacks).

Beginner riders will find some sections challenging but are encouraged to give it shot.

Best access for out of town riders is from the upper parking lot behind Tyler Technologies off of route 1 (see map below). Yarmouth is 15 minutes northeast of Portland along 295 and just southwest of Freeport, home of LL Bean. Read more about Yarmouth West Side Trail

Local Shops

Ernie's Cycle Shop

Cyclemania

Gorham Bike & Ski

Links to Relevant Resources

Greater Portland NEMBA News - March 2014

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The GP NEMBA executive board met in January and February to discuss plans for the 2014 season. We are very excited about the upcoming events planned for this year.

We'll kick off the season with a chapter meeting and social on April 10th @ 6pm @ Rivalries (www.rivalriesportland.com) in Portland. To start the evening the board will share plans for the year and get feedback from the membership at large. Please try to get there a little early so we can start promptly at 6pm. Following the meeting there will be free appetizers provided by GP NEMBA, opportunities to mix and mingle with other local riders and swag to give away donated from many of our great local shops. There will be another chapter meeting and social in October. Hope to see you there!

We're planning trail improvements and expansion this year in Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Yarmouth & Gorham. GP NEMBA President Jim Tasse and former president Mitch Wacksman continue to work hard with the Conservation Commission in Cape Elizabeth protecting and maintaining existing trails and planning for future expansion. Trail expansion on the lot adjacent to Winnick Woods will continue in 2014 so look for the next trail work day this spring. http://www.capeelizabeth.com/government/bds_commissions/standing/conserv...

Caleb Hemphill has helped to lead an explosion of single track in Falmouth and more is planned for 2014, in particular a new connector between Lowell Preserve and Blackstrap Rd. Falmouth continues to rock! www.town.falmouth.me.us/pages/falmouthme_parks/landmgmt

The newest member of the GP NEMBA board, Robert Lavoie with Gorham's Parks and Conservation Commission, has been helping to lay the ground work for the return of mountain bike trails in Gorham. The town has applied for a Recreational Trails Program grant to help pay for trail restoration and expansion. Contact GP NEMBA or Gorham town hall for more info.

With the help of GP NEMBA VP Andrew Favreau the West Side Trail in Yarmouth became a legit MTB destination in 2013 with more improvements and growth expected in 2014. You can follow the project on Facebook, www.facebook.com/yarmouthtrails or join the WST mailing list, http://tinyurl.com/westsidetrail.

Pat Hackleman and the staff at Gear Works Productions (hosts of The 12 Hours of Bradbury) are planning an exciting MTB ride series for 2014 in partnership with GP NEMBA and local businesses. The rides will start and end at various locations with fun post ride socializing! Follow the Gear Works calendar of events for the ride dates, times and details (www.gearworksproductions.com).

If you'd like to get involved with GP NEMBA, would like more information on any of our events or projects, or if you are interested in participating on the executive board please contact us at info@gpnemba.org and you can follow us on facebook, www.facebook.com/gpnemba.

Andrew Favreau
Vice President Read more about Greater Portland NEMBA News - March 2014

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