03 Jan Maine Snowmobile Tour: The Forks to Eustis
Maine has a 14,000 mile interconnected trail network, with some of the best riding right here in Central/Western Maine. Northern Outdoors has teamed up with Tea Pond Lodge and Cabins to offer an awesome destination ride, with 3 nights lodging in two of Maine’s top snowmobiling destinations: The Forks and Eustis. This snowmobiling route from The Forks to Eustis spans approx 75 miles across stunning scenery – including the popular Grand Falls and the Bigelow Mountain range.
Your 3 night adventure starts at Northern Outdoors. Check in for your cabin in the woods is at 4:00pm, but feel free to come in early to grab a sampler of our beers, and grab a bite to eat from our brewpub. Rest up and fuel up – because the fun begins bright and early!
Snowmobiling Route from The Forks to Eustis
The 75 mile trip from The Forks to Eustis will take approximately 4 and a half to 5 hours, depending on your style of riding and how many stops. Breakfast starts at 7am, with a large selection ranging from omelets to french toast to steak tips to fruit bowls and yogurt. Gas pump opens at 9am if you need it, cash only. You start off on the Kennebec River Trail, heading north along the Kennebec River — lots of deer, so keep your eyes peeled!
The River Trail will meet up with ITS 87/86 and you’ll head on 86 West into the West Forks, where trails can get a little beat up with the increased traffic. Don’t worry, they should smooth out again nicely as you head out of town on Coburn Summit Riders trails along the Dead River on ITS 86 West. Stay on 86 as it wraps into the woods and back to the river by Grand Falls. This is well worth the short detour – follow signs to Grand Falls, park your sled, and take a quick two minute walk to the overlook for these views…
After Grand Falls, continue on ITS 86/89 towards Eustis where there are some beautiful vistas as you approach the mountains of western Maine. You can take the Flagstaff Connector trail to get a closer look at the Lake, or stay on 86 – either way, you’ll meet up with ITS 89 which you will take south towards Stratton/Pines Market. Swing into Pines if you need to refuel or get some basics, then continue on ITS 89 to get to the Tea Pond connector trail. Approximately 5 more miles, and you’ve made it!
Destination: Tea Pond Lodge and Cabins in Eustis, Maine
Snow abounds at Tea Pond Lodge! Credit: Tea Pond Lodge & Cabins
Sandy and Craig purchased the property in 2015, and opened Tea Pond Lodge and Cabins in 2016. The lodge has a restaurant with a great selection of food, and sweet little cabins scattered throughout the property. It’s the perfect retreat for the night!
The following day, meander your way back to Northern Outdoors. If you’re feeling motivated, take a detour to check out Coburn Mountain (check Coburn Summit Riders for conditions) and stop by Lake Parlin Lodge for lunch. When you get back to Northern Outdoors, you’ll check back into your cozy cabin and relax for the night! Vanilla Bourbon Porter, anyone?
Tea Pond Lodge is CLOSED for dinner on Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, and closed entirely on Tuesdays. Plan accordingly!