Special Features : Best Summer Bike Rides: Bikes and Beaches Mountain Biking Trails in Northern New England


The best mountain bike and rail trails for summer biking in Northern New England including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Bike, then swim in a crystal clear lake with towering cliffs as a backdrop, jump into a frothing local swimming hole or bask on a secluded white sand beach surrounded by towering pine trees.

Keep your cool while biking on the trails this summer. Summer cycling tips

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Bikes & Beaches Mountain Biking Trails in Maine



Acadia National Park Echo Lake BeachAcadia National Park : Acadia Region

Acadia National Park has two beaches staffed with lifeguards from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. Sand Beach is not accessible from the carriage road system, but is located off the paved Park Loop Road and offers ocean swimming. A swim here will really cool you off after a long hot ride. The water temperature rarely exceeds 55 degrees!

Echo Lake, on the west side of the island, offers a somewhat warmer swimming experience. It is the most popular freshwater swimming spot at Acadia. The beach is located on the southern shore of this beautiful 66 ft. deep lake. The carriage road system does not exist on the west side of the island, however there are several dirt roads to explore by mountain bike.

 Ongunquit Footbridge Beach

Mt. Agamenticus : Southern Coast Region

Mt. Agamenticus located on the Southern Maine coast offers secluded trails and stunning vistas for hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. After your ride head for the wide white sand beaches of the southern Maine coast. Ogunquit Beach is located just 4 miles north of this ride.

  • The Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit
    3.5 mile stretch of clean, powdery white sand and warm surf. Access to the beach is from just 3 locations: the Main Beach, with access from Beach Street; Footbridge Beach (above right), reached from Ocean Street via an arched pedestrian bridge, and Ogunquit North Beach which abuts Moody Beach and accessed from Bourne Avenue in Wells.

    The Main beach is popular with families. Footbridge beach is quieter. There are several snack bars and each of these beach entrances have parking and a trolley station stop. Lockers, restrooms and changing areas available at Main Beach.

Mt. Kineo

Mt. Kineo : Katahdin / Moosehead Lake Region

Mt. Kineo, volcanic in origin, rises about 700 ft. out of Moosehead Lake. After your mountain bike tour which begins at the island, stop at Pebble Beach, a beautiful crescent beach at the base of dramatic rock cliffs. It is a favorite spot for swimming and picnics. Public boat landings with shuttle service is available in both Rockwood and Lily Bay State Park.


Lily Bay State Park Beach

Greenville Junction to Shirley Mills Rail Trail : Katahdin / Moosehead Lake Region

The crystal clear waters of Moosehead Lake offer several post-ride swimming opportunities after your scenic bike ride on the Greenville Junction to Shirley Mills Rail Trail. There are 3 public beaches that can be easily accessed from downtown Greenville:

  • Junction Wharf Area is 1.3 miles north of downtown Greenville.
  • Lily Bay State Park (pictured above right), with lakeside campground, has one of the best beaches on the lake. The wide sandy beach with picnic area is 8 miles north of Greenville on Lily Bay Road.
  • Town Beach, by the Masonic Temple, is a sandy beach with lifeguard (good for children). It is .6 mile north of downtown.


Jackman Maine Attean Lake

Jackman Area Mountain Bike Trails : Kennebec Region

In and around Jackman, Maine, a vast network of logging roads provide some of the best wilderness mountain biking experiences against the backdrop of Attean and Sally Mountains. Routes wind around and lead to several sparkling lakes and ponds. Attean Lake, Big Wood Pond and Long Pond are fed by the Moose River and form a series of connected bodies of water. In the summer these lakes offer a wealth of water recreation activities including swimming, kayaking and canoeing. They also provide the perfect setting for a relaxing swim during or after a hard mountain bike ride.

Check out the Attean Township Route, Rancourt Pond Loop Trail, Heald Stream Loop Trail, Sandy Bay Trail

If you are spending some time in the area, combine your mountain bike ride with a canoe or kayak trip on the world reknowned Moose River Bow Trip, a loop water route beginning and ending on Attean Lake.

Bikes & Beaches Mountain Biking Trails in New Hampshire



Squam LakeChamberlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest : Lakes Region

The summer season is very special at beautiful Squam Lakes (pictured right). Squam Lakes was also the location for the film “On Golden Pond”.  So, watch the DVD, bike the trails at Chamerlain-Reynolds Memorial Forest and get wet at this New Hampshire gem. The shorefront at CRMF is managed by the Squam Lakes Association. Rent a kayak or canoe from the SLA and explore the islands (with beaches), coves, reefs and miles of protected mountain views.


Brewster Beach

Wolfeboro/Sanbornville Recreational Trail : Lakes Region

The 12 mile Wolfeboro / Sanbornville Recreational Trail, also known as the Cotton Valley Trail, stretches from Lake Winnepesaukee to the railroad turntable in Sanbornville. Wolfeboro is known as the oldest summer resort in America, where the "Lakes Meet The Mountains". Bike across three lakes, through the Cotton Valley and scenic woods and fields. Stroll east down any side street to the cool, calm waters of Lake Winnepesaukee.

Take advantage of both the resort amenities and solitude of the lake. There is ample opportunity for a post ride swim. Public swimming beaches in the area include:

  • Allen Albee Beach near Wolfeboro, NH (Rt. 28 north) on the north shore of Lake Wentworth is one of several sandy beaches that surround the lake. Four miles long and three miles wide the lake covers 3018 acres. Dozens of islands are located in the center the lake.
  • Wentworth State Park & Clow Beach (Rt.109 east) on Lake Wentworth for a less crowded swim on a lake. Shaded picnic areas available.
  • Brewster Beach (pictured above right). Wolfeboro Rt 28, (South of downtown), to Clark Rd (across from Huggins Hospital). Beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. No fee. Restrooms, swimming and picnicking.
  • Carry Beach in Wolfboro. Public beach on Lake Winnipesaukee. Rt 28 (north of downtown) to Forest Rd. Swimming, picnicking and restrooms.


Bear Brook State Park Catamount Pond

Bear Brook State Park : Merrimack / Seacoast Region

Bear Brook State Park is the largest developed park in New Hampshire. A network of trails and forest roads wind through the heavily shaded forest and lead to marshes, bogs, ponds and summits. It is also home to a favorite local swimming hole, Catamount Pond (pictured right), where you can relax and swim after your ride. The day-use area at Catamount Pond, just inside the main entrance, offers a swimming beach.

Facilities include a bathhouse, restrooms, picnic area, shelters and canoe & rowboat rentals. Nearby is a museum complex with Nature Center, Camping Museum, CCC Museum and Snowmobile Museum. Cool off during your ride at the Beaver Pond beach (east end of the park) where there is a campground, with showers and laundry, campstore and boat rentals.


Pawtuckaway State Park Pawtuckaway Lake

Pawtuckaway State Park : Merrimack / Seacoast Region

The popular multi-use trail system at Pawtuckaway State Park takes you through varied landscapes, including marshlands, woodlands and even a glacially formed boulder field. For a post ride swim head for the beach on beautiful Pawtuckaway Lake. Facilities include a bathhouse, restrooms,  picnic area, canoe rentals, campground and campstore. Upon entering the water, the soft sand underfoot is welcome relief. Bugs could be annoying here, so bring the insect repellent.


Franconia FallsLincoln Woods Trail : White Mountains Region

The popular Lincoln Woods Trail in the White Mountains National Forest takes you for an easy 3 mile mountain bike ride and a short hike to Franconia Falls. The ledges and waterfall pools are popular sunbathing and swimming spots. A natural waterslide is popular with both kids and adults.


Bikes & Beaches Mountain Biking Trails in Vermont

Leddy Beach


Burlington Bike Path : Northern Vermont

The Burlington Bike Path travels along Burlington, Vermont's waterfront offering beautiful views of the Adirondack mountains and Lake Champlain. The following beaches are accessible right from the bike path.

  • North Beach: Swimming beach, picnic areas with grills, a full service snack bar and playground. Lifeguard from the end of June to August 22 and weekends up until Labor Day, weather permitting.
  • Leddy Park: Burlington's largest park (above right). The 1, 800' lakefront beach includes grassy picnic area with shade, picnic tables and grills. Other facilities include four lighted tennis courts, five soccer/ball fields (one with lights), a basketball court, squash/racquetball court, natural areas, trails and a playground with restroom facilities. No lifefguard.
  • Oakledge Park marks the southern end of the Burlington Bike Path, which cuts through the park. Swimming beach with a rocky shore and spectacular sunsets. Park facilities include a playground, three tennis courts, two softball fields, a multi-use field, volleyball courts, walking trails and two picnic shelters with restrooms, picnic tables and grills. No lifefguard.


Boulder BeachGroton State Forest/Montpelier & Wells Rail Trail : Northeast Kingdom

The 25,000 acre Groton State Forest is the largest protected area in the state, encompassing seven distinct state parks. The state parks usually are centers for developed outdoor recreation. Take a break in the cool waters of the following parks, all accessible from the multi-use trails or the Montpelier & Wells Rail Trail:

  • Ricker Pond State Park is the recommended trailhead for our Groton State Forest rides and the Montpelier & Wells Rail Trail. It has a swimming beach for your post ride plunge, boat launch, picnic sites and campground.
  • Boulder Beach (pictured above right) State Park’s day-use area, at the north end of Lake Groton, has a 200 ft. beach and swimming area, concession stand and shaded picnic sites.
  • Kettle Pond State Park offers a swimming area, boat launch, campground and access to trails.
  • Stillwater State Park has a swimming beach, boat launch, play area, campground and access to trails.


Lake Dunmore

Leicester Hollow-Silver Lake Trails : Central Region / Green Mountain National Forest

The 22,000 acre Moosalamoo region of the Green Mountain National Forest is a special place that offers a trail network with approved mountain bike trails. The Leicester Hollow - Silver Lake Trails take you past scenic vistats, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams and provide opportunities for viewing the diverse wildlife.

During your ride, cool your feet at the base of the Falls of Llana or swim at Silver Lake, where you will find a primitive campground and picnic area.

For a post ride swim head over to Branbury State Park on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake Dunmore (pictured above right). There is a 1000 ft. natural sand beach on this clean, clear lake at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo. Facilities include a campground, concession stand, rowboat & canoe rentals and nature center.


Warren Falls

Mad River Valley Backroads Mountain Bike Tour : Central Region

The Mad River area has lots of swimming holes. Each is unique. After you finish The Mad River Valley Backroads Mountain Bike Tour, visit one of the most popular swimming holes in the area:

  • Warren Falls (pictured right) has large deep pools of crystal emerald green water. Features include 3 separate waterfalls, water slides down the smooth rock faces and relatively safe jumping from various outcroppings.

    Directions: From Warren Village, go 3 miles south on Route 100 to a large parking area on the right. Park here and follow the sound of the waterfall

  • The Lareau Swimming Hole is great for families with kids. The current slows and the river widens here forming a large calm swimming area. Features include a small sandy beach and port-o-let toilets are available.

    Directions: South on RT 100, just south of the town of Waitsfield., there is a large gravel parking area.