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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge - Baring Division - South
Acadia (Downeast) Region

Directions & Trail Description

Location: South of Calais, Washington County

Length/Configuration: 8 mile loop with options for additional miles in the south and north sections of the wildlife refuge.

Terrain/Surface: Gravel 4WD trails roads.

Technical Difficulty: Easy to moderate.

Elevation Change: Relatively level with easy hill climbs.

Caution: Hunting in November. Authorized vehicles may use these trails. Wilderness areas off limits to bikes.




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Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Map

Note: The free trail maps on this website have been simplified to provide an overview with approximate locations of trails and special features. Read Full Disclaimer.


Take US 1 south from Calais. Cross the east branch of Magurrewock Stream and turn left on Charlotte Rd. and drive approximately 3 miles to Headquarters Rd., turn right and continue to the Refuge Headquarters to park.


General Description:

See Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge: Baring Division North


The Trails:

Over 50 miles of Refuge roads are closed to private vehicles. This makes them ideal for biking. The refuge roads allow access to almost all parts of the refuge, passing through the habitats of all kinds of wildlife. Maps are available at the office.

For the purpose of this article we concentrate on the 20,016 acre Baring Division and have broken it up into 2 sections: North and South.

Snare Meadow to Two Mile Meadow (South)

This article shows a suggested 8 mile loop in the southern half of the Baring Division which follows a network of quiet gravel 4WD trails used as Refuge access roads. Begin from Park Headquarters and head east. Ride to and cross Charlotte Road. Continue straight and bear right at first fork. After half a mile bear right again onto Moosehorn Ridge Road which begins the first half of the loop.

The terrain is rolling with some moderate hill climbs. Nothing the beginner or intermediate level rider couldn't handle. The route offers a variety of scenery from streams, lakes, bogs and marshes to meadows and woods.

These trails provide ample opportunity for viewing the abundant wildlife that call this preserve home. Obey the laws of the jungle... observe and keep your distance, respect the wildlife and their space and you will have memories to last a lifetime.

You can add more mileage or shorten your ride by exploring any of the intersecting trails. There are more riding opportunities to the north and south.


Wildlife Observation Tips: Dawn to dusk are the best times to see wildlife. Little is moving on hot, humid summer afternoons or on windy days. Observe from the sidelines. Leave "abandoned" young animals alone. A parent is probably close by waiting for you to leave. Don't offer snacks; your lunch could be harmful to wild digestive systems.

Two observation decks offer good vantage points for eagles, osprey, and other wildlife. Stop by the office to ask about other wildlife hotspots.


Historical Note:

In 1934 Congress passed The Federal Duck Stamp Act to raise funds for purchase of National Wildlife Refuge lands. and in 1937 the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge was purchased with Duck Stamp funds. It is one of the oldest National Wildlife Refuges and a part of the early conservation movement in America.

In 1997 Congress passed the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act and it is signed by President Bill Clinton. The Act gives the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service clear guidance in administering National Wildlife Refuges. Wildlife conservation is top priority. However, it also names secondary public uses to include hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation.


For more information:

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge:
RR 1 Box 202 Suite 1
Baring, ME 04694

Phone: (207) 454 - 7161
TDD Users: (Maine Relay Center) 1-800 437 - 1220
Website: Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge


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