Time spent outside can take you off the beaten path, make for an afternoon well spent with family and friends, and allow you to see a place in a whole new way. Whether you’re into hiking, biking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing, the Kennebec Valley offers hundreds, perhaps thousands of miles of trails to be enjoyed in any season.
How can you not love hiking? Think of it. Aside from a pair of sturdy shoes —and maybe some bug spray—no special gear is required. It’s a sport that you can enjoy in almost any season. And it takes you into nature and away from the crush of everyday life. Go for a hike and embrace the sense of adventure that comes with discovering a new place from the outside in. We promise you’ll return a changed person. In fact, one of the world’s most famous (and life-changing) hikes, the Appalachian Trail, crosses through the Kennebec Valley.
Hikers should prepare by researching trails that best match their skill level and plans.
Kennebec River Rail Trail
Augusta-Gardiner | 6.5 Miles | Easy
Rotary Centennial Trail
Benton/Winslow| 1 Mile | Easy
Vaughan’s Woods Trail (Hobbit Land)
Hallowell | 1.7 Miles | Moderate
Sally Mountain Trail
Jackman | 6.8 Miles | Moderate
Moxie Gore | 1 Mile | Easy
Messalonskee Stream Trails
Oakland | 2.6 Miles | Moderate
French Mountain Trail
Rome | 0.8 Miles | Easy
Robbins Hill–Wes Baker Trails,
Solon | 1.4 Miles | ADA Accessible
Tower and Blueberry Trail
Winthrop | 2.5 Miles | Easy