Mountain Biking and Rail Trails

Off-road trails can offer you a quiet ride without the worry of traffic. Listed below are some of our favorites.

Rail Trails

Cotton Valley Rail Trail

This 12-mile gravel trail includes a visit to the charming lakeside village of Wolfeboro, where there are plenty of restaurants, coffee and ice cream shops to choose from. You can a swim in pristine Wentworth Lake.

Trail end points: Meadow St. between Forest St. and High St. (Wakefield) and Railroad Ave. just north of Depot St. (Wolfeboro).

Eastern Trail

A 29-mile long rail trail takes you through Cumberland and York counties. During the month of June, you can find lady’s slippers on the section through Scarborough March. There are places to eat in Biddeford. The surfaces variously include asphalt, crushed stone, and sand.

Trail end points: Warrens Way and SR 35 (Kennebunk) to W. Cole Rd near SR 111 (Biddeford) and Gary L. Maietta Way to

Bug Light Park at Madison St (South Portland).

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Farmington Recreational Rail Trail

The Farmington Recreational Rail Trail runs for 6 miles between the towns of Rochester and Farmington. The trail parallels the Cocheco River and State Route 11 and passes through a wooded corridor.

Parking and trail access: In Farmington, park near the old Davidson Rubber Plant off SR 11. In Rochester, access the trail at Chestnut Hill Road and SR 125.

New Hampshire Greenway

There is a lot of excitement about a new rail trail here here on the Seacoast. When completed the New Hampshire Seacoast Greenway will run from Seabrook to Portsmouth. The trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway network that will one day run from Florida to Maine.

To our South the NH Greenway will connect to trails in MA that are being built by the Coastal Trails Coalition and to our North the Eastern Trail.

The State of New Hampshire recently purchased the last section of this proposed trail. The Seabrook to Hampton Falls section is in the Ten Year DOT plan, but no firm date has been set for construction. Engineering and Design has begun on the stretch from Hampton to Portsmouth. Construction is estimated to occur on this section in 2021 or 2022. When finished the rail trail will be surfaced with compacted stone dust.

Currently large parts of the proposed trail can be ridden on as tracks and ties have been pulled up. In most places the trail is double track with frequent ruts and some sections will need to be walked due to potholes or downed trees. Some riders will be comfortable with a mountain bike, others a gravel/adventure bike.

You’ll want to avoid the stretch from just South of Breakfast Hill road to under Route 1 where polluted water from the Coakley Landfill runs onto the trail. Someday this will all be smooth rail trail, today it’s an adventure ride.

Parking: There is no official parking as of yet. Best bet is to ride to the trail.