Great Hiking is Surprisingly Close By

Even we have trouble keeping up with the number of places to spend time on the trail in Maine’s Kennebec Valley. It would take a lifetime to travel, or even to describe every mile of hiking, biking, or skiing.

Rest assured the scenery is beautiful whether you walk along the river, hike our huge collection of rugged trails, or take to the numerous scenic wooded roads well-suited for a country ride.

For biking, try the Bond Brook area in Augusta, the Hallowell Reservoir, Lake George Regional Park in Canaan, Kennebec Messalonskee Trails in Waterville, Kennebec Highlands in Belgrade, or the DeBe Park River Walk Trail in Skowhegan.

Hikers should prepare by researching trails that best match their skill level and plans, at MaineTrailFinder.com and MapMyHike.com/US/ME. Here are a few suggestion to get you started, in case you’re short on time.

French Mountain Trail Location: Rome  Length: 0.8 Miles  Challenge: Easy  Anyone looking for that classic view of Belgrade’s stunning lakes should make this hike to the 716-foot summit of French Mountain. The trailhead for this enjoyable hike is about one mile north of the intersection of Routes 27 and 225 in Rome. Bring a camera.

Kennebec Messalonskee Trails Location: Waterville  Length: Varies  Challenge: Varies  This well-tended collection of short in-town trails for all experience levels is an excellent add-on to a day in Waterville. Future plans include an in-town boardwalk along the Kennebec. Beautiful views, woods, and open spaces.

Moxie Falls Location: The Forks Area  Length: 0.6 Miles  Challenge: Easy  The reward of this beautiful hike is Maine’s highest waterfall and swimming hole. An inspiring way to end a day of whitewater rafting.

Sally Mountain Location: Attean Road, Jackman  Length: 4.8 Miles  Challenge: Moderate  Located a couple of miles out of Jackman, this trail climbs to a summit boasting beautiful views of Wood Pond and the magnificent Attean Pond with its collection of islands to the west.

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