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6 Best Maine ATV Trails

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Maine ATV Trails: Forks
Maine ATV trails in the Forks region via

6 Best Maine ATV Trails

#1 – Bangor & Aroostook Trail

Aroostook County Maine

Maine ATV Trails: Bangor & Aroostook Trail map


  • Location: NE Maine (near the Canadian border)
  • Length: 62.3 miles
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Open: Year round except mud season (April/May)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Rails to Trails, packed gravel
  • Towns: Mapleton, Washburn, Stockholm Caribou, Van Buren
  • Services Available: Yes

The Bangor and Aroostook Trail is broken into two separate sections that link up in Stockholm. One section of the trail passes through Mapleton, Washburn, and Stockholm while the other section connects Caribou to Stockholm and then continues on to Van Buren Maine right at the Canadian border.

Stockholm is a very small remote town less than 30 minutes the Canadian border. Most of the trail is remote, but there are some limited services available in the small towns the trail passes.

This trail features mountains, forests, fields, lakes, streams, wetlands and small towns.

This route is part of the former Bangor and Aroostook Railroad (BAR) that began service in northern Maine in the late 1800s to transport wood products and potatoes, the two big exports of Maine at the time.

As time and progress marched on, this railroad route fell our of use. Now, it’s become part of the popular “rails to trails” movement that transforms former railroad routes into trail.

This 62.3 mile ATV friendly route is a multi-use trail open to non-motorized users such as horse back riders, off road biking and hikers. In the winter, trail users can also enjoy snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross country skiers.

This trail connects to the 28.8 mile long Aroostook Valley Trail if you’re looking to add a few more miles.

Bangor & Aroostook Trail

sunflower field in Arroostook Maine
The trails in Aroostook County pass Sunflower fields Christopher Mills | Flickr

Aroostook County ATV Trails

Maine ATV Trails: Aroostook County ATV trails map


  • Location: Aroostook County, Northern Maine
  • Length: 1,200 miles
  • Skill Level: Varied
  • Open: Year round except spring (mud season)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel
  • Towns: Caribou, Presque Isle, Houlton
  • Services Available: Yes

With 1,200 miles of contiguous ATV trails, you could spend a couple days or a couple weeks exploring all the trails.

Aroostook County is wild Maine at it’s best.

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But off roading isn’t all they have to offer in the north country. It’s also home to two lake chains – the Grand Lake chain and the Fish River lake chain. This makes it an excellent destination for boating and fishing. Plus, with hundreds of acres of undeveloped forest, it’s also popular for hunting.

A very small segment of ATV trails in NW Aroostook County require that you belong to a local ATV club in order to use the trails. But, even if you don’t belong to a club, you will still have plenty of riding options.

Aroostook County is also home of Maine’s first state park – Aroostook State Park. Established in 1938 with a donation of 100 acres, today the park boast 800 acres with shore frontage on Echo Lake.

Northern Maine is remote and wild, but the two largest towns of the county, Presque Isle and Caribou, have hotels, restaurants, shopping and other tourist amenities.

Aroostook County also features “Four Corners Park” – a sort of pilgrimage location for long distance motorcycle riders who are circumnavigating the US. Located in Madawaska Maine, the park is a check point for the True -X- Tour and the S.C.M.A Tour.

Aroostook County ATV Trails Overview Map

Maine ATV Trails:
What A Ride | Flickr

#2 – Down East Sunrise Trail

Downeast & Acadia

Maine ATV Trails: Down East Sunrise Trail map


  • Location: NE Coastal Maine (starts north of Bar Harbor Maine)
  • Length: 87 miles
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Open: Year round except mud season (April/May)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Rails to Trails, packed gravel
  • Towns: Ellsworth, Cherryfield, Colombia Falls, Machias, East Machias, Dennysville, Ayers Junction
  • Services Available: Yes
  • Vehicles Allowed: ATVs < 60″ (vehicles such as scooters/mopeds or dual sport motorcycles must be registered as an ATV to be on the Sunrise Trail)

This 87 mile trail is part of the former Calais Branch rail corridor that has been rehabilitated for both motorized and non-motorized recreational use.

The Down East Sunrise Trail begins 30 minutes north of Arcadia National Park in the town of Ellsworth and runs 87 miles north easterly to Ayers Junction.

Maine ATV Trails: Down East Sunrise Trail
Down East Sunrise Trail Maine by Ted McLaughlin

The Maine Department of Transportation bought 127 miles of railroad corridor in 1987 from Maine Central Railroad. They bought the corridor to preserve it for possible future railroad use. However, it’s not currently being used for trains, so they decided to convert part of it into the Down East Sunrise Trail.

It’s quite possible that this trail could convert back to railroad use as that’s why it was originally purchased and preserved. But, it’s become quite popular as a recreational resource, so it would be a hard sell to convert it back to railroad use.

Parts of the trail pass through small towns where you’ll easily be able to find services such as motels and restaurants, while other sections are a bit more remote, so review the maps and plan accordingly.

Down East Sunrise trail map
The off road trail is shown in green via

Marsh, Moose & Wildlife

You’ll cross over tree lined streams and salmon rivers on old wood slat bridges as you ride through the coastal mountain region of the mid to northern coastal Maine region – one of the popular and scenic regions of Maine.

This easy trail passes through deep forests and alongside marshes. Maybe you’ll even get lucky and see a moose as they make their home in the marshes. Since Maine is estimated to have between 60,000 – 70,000 moose, the odds are in your favor.

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You’ll have plenty of other wildlife viewing opportunities on this trail as this region is also home to eagles, osprey, beavers, deer and wild turkeys.

This trails also passes by areas with lots of wild blueberries, so be sure to pack a little Tupperware container or just eat and pick as you go.

Down East Sunrise Trail

Downeast & Acadia Maine ATV Trails

Maine ATV Trails: Downeast & Acadia trail map


  • Location: South East Maine next to the Canadian border
  • Length: 520+ miles
  • Skill Level: Varied, Mostly easy
  • Open: late May – December (depending on mud/snow)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel, railroad beds
  • Towns: Ellsworth, Waltham, Springfield, Topsfield, Beddington
  • Services Available: Yes

The trails in this area start less than 20 miles from the coast.They’re located just NE of Acadia National Park in Washington and Hancock counties.

The 87 mile Down East Sunrise ATV Trail is the premier trail in this area.

Slightly inland and running parallel to the coast, the Down East Sunrise Trail is a converted railroad trail. This is an easy family friendly trail that would make a nice day trip if you were in the Bar Harbor/Acadia National Park area.

Off-roading on the Down East Sunrise Trail
Down East Sunrise Trail near Columbia Falls Maine by Ted McLaughlin

The trails in this region are fairly connected and allow for miles of uninterrupted riding. There are many short and larger loops that can be strung together for a variety of fun rides.

Maine has a lot of water which is why it’s such an ideal habitat for moose. But even by Maine standards this region has a lot of water including several larger lakes, dozens of smaller lakes/ponds, marshes and streams. West Grand Lake, Big Lake and Meddybemps Lake.

Grand Falls Flowage, a popular fishing area, is also in this region. Grand Falls Flowage is a shallow backwater that formed as a result of the Grand Falls Dam. The shallow water habitat is perfect for warm water fish like smallmouth bass and perch.

Some of the trails run through some remote regions without a lot of services, so plan accordingly.

Maine moose
Maine has the highest moose population in the lower 48

#3 – The Moose Trail

Franklin County Maine

Maine ATV Trails: The Moose Trail


  • Location: Northern Franklin County
  • Length: 138 mile loop
  • Skill Level: Varied
  • Open: Year round (open winter for snowmobiling)
  • Type: OHV
  • Surface: Varied – mud holes, hard pack, rock
  • Towns: Stratton-Eustis, Rangeley, Kingfield, Avon, Salem, Strong, Phillips, and Madrid
  • Services Available: All services easily accessible

The Moose Trail is one of the best ATV trails in Maine.

This 138 loop trail that takes you through 16 towns spanning Franklin County Maine. This loop is a collaborative effort between the towns and the 8 ATV clubs that maintain portions of the trails.

The towns have a variety of easily accessible amenities including campgrounds, cabins, luxury inns, gas and trail side restaurants.

Maine ATV Trails: The Moose Trail
Aerial view of the Moose Trail via

This trail offers some of the most varied terrain on the east coast. It’s hard to rate the difficulty of this trail because it’s all over the place.

The trail has large sections that are easy, but overall I would rate it as moderate. There are some rocky sections that need to be navigated. After a rain, there are some very serious mud holes that may even kick up the trail rating to an advanced level. You’ll definitely wish you had a winch.

Like most of Maine, this region is heavily forested with lots of water. The lakes, pond and streams make for an ideal habitat for moose, deer, eagles and other wildlife.

Moose Loop Website

#4 – Mt. Blue State Park Multi-Use Trail

Franklin County Maine

Maine ATV Trails: Mt. Blue trail map


  • Location: Weld, ME
  • Length: 18 miles
  • Skill Level: Varied
  • Open: Year round (open winter for snowmobiling)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Varied
  • Towns: Weld
  • Services Available: Campground, boat rentals

With 8,000 acres, Mt. Blue State Park is is the largest state park in Maine. It’s a year round multi-use state park with trails for hiking, horseback riders and ATVing. In the winter the trails are open to snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snowmobiling.

Mt. Blue is a great location to spend a long weekend. You can enjoy 18 miles of challenging ATV terrain on old unimproved roads with some forested areas. But, you’re not just limited to 18 miles of trails, the Mt. Blue trails connect with the Moose Trail, so you have access to hundreds of miles of trails.

There is a large parking area available for trailers at the park headquarters with direct access to the OHV trails.

Most of the trail would be rated easy – moderate, but there are some steep climbs/descents, gravel, exposed roots and bouldering. Occasionally there may also be downed trees.

But Mt. Blue has a lot more to offer than just ATVing. This state park also has a lake with a lakeside campground with 136 wooded sites. Boat rentals are available as well as a ramp for launching your own boat. Enjoy the swim beach or take a short stroll along the shoreline.

The 3.2 mile round trip hike up Mt. Blue is popular with visitors. At 3,187 feet, this moderate hike will take you 3-4 hours and reward you with sweeping vistas.

.gov Website: Mt. Blue State Park

Mt. Blue State Park Brochure With Trail Map

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Franklin County ATV Trails

Maine ATV Trails: Franklin Country ATV Trail map


  • Location: Western Maine
  • Length: 520+ miles
  • Skill Level: Varied
  • Open: late May – December (depending on mud/snow)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel, railroad beds
  • Towns: Stratton, Carrabasset, Kingfield, Phillips, Strong, Rangeley
  • Services Available: Yes

With over 520 miles of off roading, Franklin County is a trail riding paradise. This ATV trail systems combines the trail systems of 8 clubs who make all this off roading possible.

The centerpiece of this region is the Moose ATV Trail which is a 138 mile loop that circles that county and connects 16 small towns.

If you’re looking for some challenging riding, the Moose Trail has some of the most challenging and varied terrain in all of Maine.

Maine ATV Trails: Picture from the Moose Loop
Beautiful Fall day on the Moose Trail in Franklin County via

The Moose trail has lots off shoot trails and spurs that give you plenty of additional options for exploration.

Ride the trails south and you’ll find many more miles of trails that travel into the neighboring counties of Oxford and Androscoggin.

Expect to see moose, eagles and other wildlife.

If doing the large loop around Franklin County, be sure to plan a stop at Mt. Blue State Park which can be reached from the loop. This park has 18 miles of trails available for ATVing as well as a small lake for boating and fishing.

The campground at Mt. Blue State Park is lakeside and has comfortable shaded sites with lots of trees.

ATVing in Forks Maine
ATV trail in the Forks Maine region via

#5 – The Forks to Moosehead Lake/Greenville

The Highlands / The Forks Maine

Maine ATV Trails: The Highlands & The Forks


  • Location: The Forks 
  • Length: 70+
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Open: May 15 – December 15
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel
  • Towns: The Forks, Greenville
  • Services Available: Full services available in Greenville, limited services in West Fork

Located at the intersection of the Dead River and Kennebec River, The Forks is famous for it’s whitewater rafting. But it’s also a great area to bike, hike, fish and ATV. It’s also popular in the winter for cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

A trip from The Forks to Greenville on the shores of Moosehead Lake is an all day adventure that the whole family will enjoy.

The forested trail is wide, level and easy to travel. It’s dirt with some gravel pack. Depending on recent rains it may be dusty or muddy.

Greenville is an ATV friendly town and allows ATVs to travel through the main part of town to access gas, restaurants and shops. Stop in at The Stress Free Moose Pub for a delicious lunch.

The Stress Free Moose in Greenville Maine
The Stress Free Moose, Greenville, Maine Lee Coursey | Flickr

You have a couple different route options you can take for this trip. It can be done as an out and back or as a longer large loop with a different return. There are also several different spurs and trails providing you with plenty of riding options.

The Forks is a popular outdoor destination in Maine. Only a handful of people live in The Forks, so it doesn’t have any services available like gas or groceries. Gas is available a couple miles up the road in West Fork though.

Because this area is such a popular outdoor destination there are several resorts in the area that have lodging and food. Northern Outdoors in The Forks makes a great base for an ATV vacation. (They have their own microbrewery!)

B52 Crash Memorial Site

If you have the time, ride up to the B52 Crash Site on Elephant Mountain. This is a memorial site for the nine crew members of a B-52C Stratofortress that crashed during the cold war in 1963. The remains of the crash remain to this day along with a memorial honoring the deceased.

Sometimes the road to the B52 Crash Site may be closed due to logging.

The Forks Trail Map

Maine in the Fall
It’s hard to beat Maine in the Fall Lee Coursey | Flickr

#6 – Jackman To Pittston Farm/Seboomook Lake

The Highlands / The Forks Maine

ATV Trail To Pittston Farm/Seboomook Lake Maine map


  • Location: Jackman Maine
  • Length: 120 miles round trip 
  • Skill Level: Easy
  • Open: May 15 – December 15
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel
  • Towns: Jackman
  • Services Available: Gas/Food/Lodging @ Pittston Farm, all services available @ Jackman

This trail is a actually a collection of trails that take you 40 miles from Jackman to historic Pittston Farm located at the north and south branches of the Penobscot River.

Jackman is a small town of 800+ people, but it has everything you need for your trip: lodging, gas, restaurants and a small grocery store. Your destination, Pittston Farm, is a remote adventure lodge for hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.

Pittston Farm has lodging, gas and a restaurant available, so it makes a perfect day trip. Or you can also make this trail part of a multi day trip. This segment can be combined with The Forks to Moosehead Lake/Greenville Trail and some other trails to make a large multi-day loop. Or choose a comfortable home base and plan daily adventures.

This heavily forested trail is easy, but it does take you deep into some remote areas.

The Highlands / The Forks (Including Moosehead Lake) ATV Trails

The Highlands and The Forks ATV trail map


  • Location: Central Maine
  • Length: 1,000+ miles
  • Skill Level: Varied
  • Open: late May – December (depending on mud/snow)
  • Type: Multi-use
  • Surface: Dirt, gravel, railroad beds
  • Towns: Greenville, Rockwood, Lily Bay, Beaver Cove
  • Services Available: Yes

Combined, The Highlands/Moosehead Lake and The Forks have some of the best ATV Trails in Maine. It’s called The Forks because it’s where the Dead River and the Kennebec River meet. This merging of two powerful rivers also makes it an excellent area for whitewater rafting.  

This isn’t so much a trail as it is an entire region with 1,000+ miles of interconnected ATV trails. In fact, it may be the best area in all of Maine for ATV riding.

Most tourists explore the cute coastal towns in Maine and never travel much further than the beach

But, Maine has a lot more to offer than beaches and lobster shacks.

Wild & Beautiful Moosehead Lake

The region surrounding Moosehead Lake is wild, beautiful, full of wildlife and has plenty to offer in the way of recreation. Moosehead Lake is part of what is locally called The Maine Highlands.

The big draw to the area is the 40 mile long Moosehead Lake, but there are also several other good sized lakes as well as numerous ponds, bogs and wetlands making it an ideal place for moose spotting.

If you’re interesting in seeing some moose, this is the place!

The local ATV riding club, the Moosehead ATV Riders, worked with private land owners and local governments to co-ordinate access to a lot of these trails. Riding is free, but it’s much appreciated if you support local businesses while you’re enjoying the area.

Moosehead Lake ATV Trails Map

Wild ATV
  • In some regions in Maine, the ATV trails are closed in spring and after rains to minimize damage to the trails.
  • Maine has lots of ATV clubs!
  • Most ATV trails in Maine are on private land.
  • ATV clubs in Maine work hard to build relationships with private land owners in order to build and maintain ATV trail systems. When off roaders cut trails, ride illegally or disrespect land owners, they end up closing off their land to off roading which hurts us all.
  • A very small segment of ATV trails in Maine require that you belong to a local ATV club. Most of these sections are in NW Aroostook County.
  • Maine is not ideal for dirt biking. A lot of land owners don’t permit bikes.
  • Maine has an advocacy group promoting safe and responsible ATV use: ATV Maine

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