Here are some great resources and groups to see what trails are open, please check before you ride.
- Friends of Falmouth Facebook page
- Greater Portland Nemba Facebook page
- Rage On Portland Facebook group
- Yarmouth West Side Trail Facebook page
Blackstrap Hill Preserve features miles of singletrack and offers some great elevation for the Portland area. The ‘Strap has a mix of rooty and rough trails as well as some more fresh and loamy trails. Follow the river trail out of the parking lot and spin up to the overlook for some fast downhill trails and then cut across Blackstrap Road to ride the newer North Falmouth Community Forest trails. Detailed trail maps are posted at many intersections. These trails can be easily connected to Hadlock Community Forest as well as the Lowell Preserve in East Windham. Bring your climbing legs for this local gem.
Hadlock Community Forest offers technical, twisty singletrack on rolling terrain. Cruise from the parking lot through the white, yellow, and blue trails, Once you ride all of the trails in Hadlock, head east and cross the power lines and take a loop through Alpine Woods. Many folks use Hadlock as a starting point to connect to Blackstrap. If you are feeling adventurous, take the green trail north and connect to Rines Forest and Blueberry Hill in nearby Cumberland. Detailed maps are found at many trail intersections.
River Point is most often used as a connection between the Presumpscot River trail in Portland and Hadlock Community Forest. This also makes for a great starting point for a longer ride out to Blackstrap. River Point is not a terribly big area but features rolling singletrack, some tight turns, and fast sections.
Portland City Trails | Trail Maps
Join us on one of our Monday night rides and learn all the nooks and crannies of connecting the Portland Trail system. There are miles of trails in the Portland city limits including the Presumpscot River Trail, Fore River Sanctuary, Evergreen Cemetery, Canco Woods, University Woods and Quarry Run Dog Park. These trails can be accessed from virtually everywhere in Portland. If you are traveling from out of town try parking at Payson Park which can be accessed from Baxter Boulevard or Ocean Avenue off of Interstate 295.
Winnick Woods/Robinson Woods | Trail Maps
The trails in Winnick and Robinson Woods offer significant mileage over variable terrain. This system features several road crossings and it is best to ride with someone who is familiar with the area. These trails offer a mix of rooty, rocky and fast singletrack with some impressive bridgework. The section of woods closest to the Sawyer Road parking is quite technical while the easternmost portion of Robinson Woods offers some excellent scenery. These trails are popular year round as they tend to receive less snow when compared to inland trails.
Weeks Road & USM Trails | Trailhead Location | Trail Map
The Gorham trails are relatively new and constantly expanding. Most of the trails are located off of Weeks Road. These trails are relatively flat and fresh with plenty of swooping turns. Another pocket of trails is located nearby behind University of Southern Maine (USM). The trails behind USM tend to feature longer hills and faster sections but significantly less mileage. Park on Weeks Road and shred some loam before spinning over to the USM trails.
Bradbury Mountain is home to some of the oldest mountain bike trails in Southern Maine. The park is bisected by Hallowell Road/Route 9. The east side or “campground side” of the road is home to many of the purpose built mountain bike trails and home to 12 Hours of Bradbury Mountain race. These trails are rough, relatively flat, and twisty. On the west side of the road or mountain side, you will find more elevation and more burly wider trails. It is important to note that bikes are not allowed on some of the trails on the mountain side. Bradbury can be easily connected to nearby Tryon Mountain as well as Pineland Farms.
Tryon Mountain | Trailhead Location
Tryon Mountain is best used as an alternate starting point to connect to Bradbury. You will find a mixture of roots, rocks, and some nice elevation change. Park on Lawrence Road, cross the street and start up the steep double track climb, approximately 100 feet up the trail, take a right onto the first singletrack you encounter. Ride this singletrack until you connect with a double track that leads to the Boundary trail on the “mountain side” at Bradbury.
The West Side Trail is a great ride when you are short on time or a little beat up from a big weekend of riding. These trails are relatively smooth, flowy and include a spectacular view of Casco Bay. This out-and-back trail system is very well maintained, popular with multiple user groups and can be busy at times. Be respectful to traffic as there are multiple road crossings.