This trail follows the old railbed of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. This section, completed in 1907, ran from South Lagrange to Packard’s Junction to carry potatoes from Aroostook county to Boston. Competition from trucks led to a decline in rail use. The right-of-way property was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine's Future program. Today, the rail trail travels through rural Maine highlands towns from South Lagrange through Medford Center to Lake View Plantation.
The trail surface is gravel and dirt. Like most rail trails, it's an easy, level out and back ride. You might encounter some rough and rocky sections near Medford. Good drainage means you can ride this trail during mud season. It passes through rural farmland, meadows, and forest. The woods, streams, marshes and the Piscataquis river provide habitat for beaver, moose, a variety of waterfowl and birds of prey.
Trail Highlights & Nearby Points Of Interest
Bikes & Scenic Views
Piscataquis River Trestle
Circa 1907 607 ft. long, 60 ft. high deck truss bridge rehabilitated in 1981 over Piscataquis River located just north of Medford Center on Trestle Road. Opportunity for Wild and Scenic River views, Osprey and Bald Eagle sightings from the center.
Location: Trestle Road in Medford,ME.
Bike & Fish
Once across the Piscataquis River Trestle in Medford, an ATV - Snowmobile extension maintained by local clubs follows the old railbed for 1.3 miles to 7,168 acre Schoodic Lake at Lake View Plantation. It was the former location of the Lake View Mills and settlement constructed in 1899 by the Merrick Thread Company for the manufacture of thread spools. The remote lake is perfect for lake lubbers and offers a rustic setting and habitat for Atlantic land-locked Salmon, Smallmouth Bass, Brook Trout, and Round Whitefish. Fishing regulations apply.
South LaGrange Rail Trail Parking Area: From I-95 take Exit 199 toward Lagrange. Head north on SR 16/Bennoch Road and turn left on Railroad Road. Look for the Trailhead sign.
Northern Terminus: Trestle Road and River Road at the Piscataquis River (Medford Center).
ME Bureau of Parks and Lands
Phone: (207) 287-4957