Take Exit 1 off I-95 at York Village. head north on US 1 for 3.5 miles. Turn left onto Mountain Road, follow for approximately 3 miles. Fork left onto Agamenticus Road. Just before the road becomes dirt there is a turn-off on the right. Park here or turn right and proceed to parking lot at Mt. Agamenticus.
The Mount Agamenticus region covers nearly 30,000 acres in southern Maine. It represents the largest intact coastal forest between Acadia National Park and the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
Many plant species that are seldom seen in Maine are found here. Along one of the mountain's slopes there is an Atlantic white cedar swamp, dotted with hemlock and black gum trees. The wetlands surrounding Mount Agamenticus are home to an incredible variety of wildlife including blue-spotted salamanders, turtles and rare boghaunted dragonflies. These forests and fields are also home to black bear, wild turkey, bobcats, and the great horned owl to name a few. During the fall migration period, thousands of hawks, including Peregrine Falcons, Bald Eagles, Osprey and the Northern Goshawk fill the sky and can be viewed from the summit.
Because of great development pressure, there has been/is a concerted effort among conservation organizations to protect, manage and acquire tracts of land for conservation. While informal access currently exists for many trails in the area, the developing conservation plans for the area may have a future impact on trail use.
There are 50+ miles of single-track, grassy double-track, and fire roads to tackle. Mount Agamenticus trails are marked specifically for biking, hiking and/or mixed use. Trail maps are available in the boxes at each of the parking locations at the trail heads.
Most of the trails are technical and require good physical conditioning and mountain bike handling skills. There are lots of steep climbs, big drops and hairy descents over difficult rocky terrain. The multiple-use ATV trail has lots of loose rock and dirt, roots and ruts (naturally... it's an ATV trail). You will also encounter fallen tree limbs and logs. The horse trail is an easier transversing trail but it's a long steady climb. I happen to love long climbs, but I know there are those who would prefer to shuttle up to the top and ride down.
At the top of Mount Agamenticus is a large grassy area and the panoramic views of the White Mountains and Atlantic Ocean are breathtaking, (if you have any breath left after the climb up).
Some popular trails near the summit: (hiking and biking)
Witch Hazel Trail (Moderate) 0.1 mile
A very short trail. Look for the beautiful old hemlock and uncommon chestnut oak along the trail. At the top of the trail, witch hazel is a common tree with wavy-edged leaves and straggly autumn blossoms.
Former ski run. Steep, exposed bedrock; slippery when wet (not reccomended in rain).
Ring Trail (Moderate/Advanced) 1.5 miles
Western portion is a gradual ascent; a few rocky areas. Eastern portion is steep and rocky. Follow the Ring Trail to climb half-way up the mountain. The Ring Trail crosses old ski runs of the Big A and travels walk through a variety of forest types including hemlock, white pine, beech and several oak species.
Goosefoot (Moderate/Advanced) 0.5 miles
A long, secluded ride to the base of the mountain. Some steep, exposed bedrock; some rocky areas. Goosefoot, also known as striped maple because of the white stripes on it's thin trunk can be seen along the trail’s edge.
The best time to ride here at Agamenticus is June through October. It's best to avoid damaging the trails during mud season in early spring. Take a good trail map with you or a friend who knows the area.
After your ride in the summer, head just 4 miles north to Ogunquit Beach, Southern Maine's most popular peninsula beach.
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For more information:
York Parks and Recreation Dept