Maine Snowmobiling Destinations : Bingham Windmills

Maine Snowmobiling Destination: The Bingham Wind Farm

With their expansive views and dramatic towers, wind farms have become Maine snowmobiling destinations. The closest wind farm to The Forks is the Bingham Wind Farm in Kingsbury Plantation, approximately 30 miles from Northern Outdoors by snowmobile trail (see The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map.) ITS 87, the trail from The Forks to Bingham skirts the aptly named Pleasant Pond, and then travels between Pleasant Pond Mountain and Moxie Mountain, all worthy snowmobiling destinations in and of themselves. As you ride onto the ridge where the windmills stand mountain views line the horizon.

Bingham Wind Farm is Maine’s largest wind energy project with fifty-six 308 foot tall towers, their blades reaching 492 feet into the air. To give you an idea of the scope of the wind farm, over 500,000 cubic yards of earth and ledge were moved, 25,000 yards of concrete and 4.2 million pounds of reinforced steel were used, and 18 miles of transmission line and 19.7 miles of access road were built. Vast is an inadequate description for the views from the top of the wind farm.

Snowmobiling to Windmills in Bingham

Snow melts faster at the top of the wind farm than it does on the trails. Shot March 20, 2017 on a sunny day of spring riding!

 

Directions from Northern Outdoors to the Bingham Wind Towers by Snowmobile Trail

See The Forks Maine Snowmobile Trail Map

Head out on the trail at the back of the resort behind the main lodge. Take a right on ITS 87 (riding south.) Continue on the Pleasant Pond Trail past Pleasant Pond and Moxie Mountain. After the two T-intersections, Bald Mountain Trail and Breakneck Ridge Trail, the Wind Mill Trail curves around to the right and the trail to the Bingham Wind Farm takes off to the left.

On your return trip you can make it a loop by going right on the Bald Mountain Trail around Moxie Pond. At the T-intersection with ITS 87 go left, ride down to the Kennebec River and take a left on the River Trail. If you have time you can detour over to Moxie Falls before turning onto the River Trail.

When the snow isn’t on the ground the Bingham Wind Farm makes for a great ATVing destination.

ATV Trail to the Bingham Windmills

Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort is at the center of Maine’s 13,000 mile snowmobile trail network. The Bingham Wind Farm is one of many top snowmobiling destinations. We offer snowmobile rentals and snowmobile tours… and you can’t beat relaxing in front of the fireplace at the brewpub (or a long soak in the giant outdoor hot tub) at the end of an awesome day of riding!

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2 Comments
  • Paul Oliva
    Posted at 14:50h, 20 February Reply

    Directions to the wind farm are wrong Bald mtn. trail and breakneck ridge are now off of the pleasant pond trail not ITS 87

    • Russell Walters
      Posted at 16:01h, 20 February Reply

      Thanks for the input Paul. We will review and amend our directions.

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