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Lagrange Rail Trail : Lagrange to Medford

Katahdin - Moosehead Region, Maine

Directions to Trailhead
Trail Description

Location: South Lagrange to Medford. Piscataquis and Penobscot Counties, ME

Trail Length: 15 miles

Trail Surface: Gravel, ballast.

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Trail Use: Mountain biking, E-MTB Bikes, horseback riding, snowmobiling, XC Skiing

Caution: All motorized vehicles permitted on multi-use trails must be legally registered as either an ATV and/or snowmobile and must yeild to non-motorized trail users.

Black flies during early spring. For best results, bike this route in late June.

 

Lagrange Rail Trail Map

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

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Lagrange Rail Trail Description

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.
Approximate GPS Coordinates: +45.26722, -68.84417

Bike & Fish

Schoodic Lake

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.

 

Directions

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.
GPS Coordinates: 45.115884, -68.816666

Northern Terminus: Trestle Road and River Road at the Piscataquis River (Medford Center).

More Information

ME Bureau of Parks and Lands
Off-Road Vehicle Division
22 SHS 
Augusta, ME 04333

Phone: (207) 287-4957

 

 

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