Heald Stream: Take Rte. 201 north from Jackman and park at the Sky Lodge on the right.
A land of rivers, lakes, mountains and moose, surrounded by over 250,000 acres of woodlands the Jackman region of Maine has something for just about everyone-except a traffic light according to the Jackman Chamber of Commerce.
A network of logging roads provides access to this spectacular area known as “the Switzerland of Maine”. Hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile and hiking trails radiate from the Jackman hub of the Interconnecting Snowmobile Trail System 86 and 89. Over fifty miles of marked trails in the greater Jackman/moose River area, the breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife (deer, moose, bear and other wildlife feeding right next to the trails) are what make this area a dream to mountain bike. The best time to ride is summer through fall.
Please note that most of these these trails are routed through lumber company roads in areas not currently being logged. (Watch out for lumber trucks! They have the right of way). Bikers should be aware there are times when trails are temporarily closed or rerouted. Check trail status before riding!
Against the backdrop of Attean and Sally Mountains several sparkling lakes and ponds lie within this wilderness setting. Attean Lake, Big Wood Pond and Long Pond form a series of connected bodies of water, fed by the Moose River. In the summer these lakes provide water recreation including swimming, kayaking and canoeing. They also provide the perfect setting for a relaxing swim during or after a hard ride. If you are spending some time in the area combine your mountain bike experience with a canoe trip on the world reknowned Moose River Bow Trip, a loop water route beginning and ending on Attean Lake.
Most of the route covers privately owned land. Please respect land-owner rights.
Heald Stream Loop: 13 miles: Moderate to advanced mostly technical mountain biking.
This loop trail follows mostly dirt roads with some paved sections and provides several technical sections that will challenge even the most advanced mountain bikers. If you like getting muddy, you'll love tackling the challenging ruts with pools of water at the begining of this loop.
From Sky Lodge head North on Route 201. Moose are a frequent sight along Route 201, officially designated a Maine Scenic Highway, when they travel to feed early in the morning and evening. Follow the Route for about 3 miles over a steep hill and halfway up the next hill turning right onto a dirt road. Follow along the road hanging a right at the fork just a short way from the turn off. The road descends through a technical section of pools, ruts and overgrowth canopy. At approximately 6 miles into the ride you'll cross a wooden bridge over Heald Stream.
(Tip: This is a good spot to chill and wash the mud off with a swim in this beautiful ice cold mountain stream.)
In .3 miles the road ends. Turn right here and follow the flat dirt road road along Heald stream until it ends. Turn right onto Scott (Moose River) Rd. and you will pass the Moose River Campground on your right. Turn right onto paved loop road. Note the historic old Jackman Mill dam on your right. Bear left up the incline. Turn right on Route 201 and in one more mile you are home free.
For more information:
Jackman - Moose River Region Chamber Of Commerce