A woodland path. Riverside rail trails. Hiking in Maine's Kennebec Valley holds an untold wealth of places to walk, hike or trek. Somerset County, up near The Forks, is even home to a section of the storied Appalachian Trail. It would take a lifetime to walk or describe every mile of trail the region offers.

There are vast resources both on the ground and on the internet (trails.com and mainetrailfinder.com) that will point you in the right direction. Here we offer a couple of our favorites:

Moxie Falls - Location: The Forks Area, Length: 0.6 Miles, Challenge: Easy
This well-maintained, family-friendly trail gradually winds through mixed hardwoods, trillium and bunch berries. Deer can be spotted occasionally along the trail.  One of the highest waterfalls in New England, the main drop is over 80 feet, plummeting into a deep, slate gorge. There is a viewing platform for the main falls that allows for trouble-free picture taking. Moxie Falls is breathtaking in any season and at all water levels. A great snowshoeing hike in the wintertime.

Directions: From The Forks, US Rt. 201 at the bridge over the Kennebec River, turn onto Lake Moxie Rd. at the south of the bridge, roughly 2 miles up road, there is a sign and parking area on the left. Trail is clearly marked.

Kennebec River Rail Trail - Location: Augusta, Length: 6.5 Miles, Challenge: Easy
This public path, which parallels the existing rail bed along the Kennebec River, stretches from Augusta’s Waterfront Park through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale to its conclusion in Gardiner, offering opportunities for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, dog walking and cross-country skiing.

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