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Solon To Bingham Rail Trail (Kennebec Valley Trail)
Kennebec Region

Family
Trail Description

Location: Emden, Solon and Bingham. Somerset County.

Directions:
Southern end of trail: Exit 36 from I-95. Drive north on US201 around 20 miles to Solon. Turn left on Falls Rd., .8 miles north of intersection of US201 and Rt.8. Go downhill and keep right to reach boat launch and trail parking.

Trail Length:

Emden to Bingham: 14 miles one way
Solon to Bingham: 7 miles one way.

Trail Surface: Crushed stone

Trail Difficulty: Easy

Multi-Use Trails: Mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, snowmobile and ATV riding, cross country skiing

Caution: Be aware of other trail users. Possible erosion close to river and wet early in the season.

 

 

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Solon to Bingham Rail Trail Map

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The Trail:

Hugging the banks of the wide Kennebec River, this multi-use recreational trail was originally a narrow-gauge logging railroad running between Anson and Rockwood. It also carried tourists at the turn of the 20th century. Farmers carrying their produce to market once traversed the same roads over which bicyclists now travel.

Located about 60 miles north of Augusta, the Solon to Bingham stretch of the 14 mile Kennebec Valley Trail is one of the most scenic mountain bike rides in Western Maine. The flat, crushed stone surface provides an ideal opportunity for a family bike ride and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. The trail is open for year-round use, however it is even more special during the fall foliage season.

From Solon, the trail heads north, following along the edge of the Kennebec River and ends at the junction with Rt. 201. Further upstream, "The Forks" area is a renowned center for world-class rafting but this stretch of the rail trail remains still and peaceful.

After your mountain bike ride, take the time for a scenic drive along Rt. 201. From Solon to Canada it is designated a Federal Scenic Byway. Between Bingham and The Forks, the route winds and climbs offering outstanding views.

 

Nearby Outdoor Activities:

Lake Wyman Recreation Area:
Located right off the Byway, Lake Wyman is a popular place for a swim during the summer.

Houston Brook Falls:
Easily accessed, just minutes off RT 201. A 10-minute pleasant walk through the woods leads to the rugged 30-foot falls. There are some good swimming holes in the shallow channel just below the falls. Use caution as the rocks around the falls can be very slippery and dangerous, especially during the high water season.

The Forks: Renowned for world-class rafting adventures through Class IV and V whitewater runs through the Kennebec Gorge.

 

Historical Note:

This bike ride follows the historic Arnold Trail on the Kennebec River. In 1775 Benedict Arnold, on orders from George Washington, led  troops on an heroic march north through Maine by river and Indian trail to capture Quebec from the British. He is known more for his later acts of treason.

 

 

For more information:

Kennebec Valley Tourism Council
179 Main Street
Waterville, ME 04901

Phone: (800) 393-8629
TTY Users: 711 (AT&T National Relay Services)

 

 

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