The Forks Area Snowmobile Trails Report

Snowmobiles Parked outside Northern Outdoors lodge in The Forks, MaineNice stretch of weather we are having. Trails are holding up well, with very good riding on most sections. Generally speaking, trails on unplowed roads are in very good shape, woods trails are somewhat rough and need more snow. 90% of The Forks’ 100 mile trail system is on unplowed roads, so there is great riding to be had.

•    ITS 86 east from Berry’s Store heading toward Greenville:  Intown trail gets a lot of traffic, and can be rough. Once just a mile out of town, things improve greatly. Boise Road, Shirley Road, Brochu Road sections are all flat and fast. The short ½ mile Power Line section near Lake Moxie is rough. Other than that, it’s great riding all the way to Greenville.
•    ITS 87 south heading toward Bingham:  Great riding on the Divide Road. Rough for 1 mile around Pleasant Pond, and 1 mile around Moore’s Bog. Other than that, you’re on unplowed roads with very good riding. Check out the groomed spur trail up to the Moxie Mountain Lookout. Great views of Sugarloaf and the Bigelow Range.
•    Bald Mountain Trail from ITS 87 to ITS 86:  Great riding all the way through. There is a logging operation on the south end at Heald Stream, with a 1 mile section of shared, plowed road. Be careful through there.
•    Pleasant Pond Trail:  This club trail is groomed with great riding. One half mile rough section around the south side of Pleasant Pond. Great going elsewhere.
•    Breakneck Ridge Trail;  This trail is closed for the 2012 season, due to logging and several miles of plowed roads. It is illegal to ride on unauthorized plowed roads. Please respect the landowners wishes on this.
•    Kennebec River Trail from Northern Outdoors to ITS 86/87:  Is groomed with good riding. Last mile into town is a bit rough. Scenic trail along the Kennebec River.

For day riders, there is a FREE PARK & RIDE LOT at Northern Outdoors on Route 201, with groomed trail access.  Lot is very large and can accommodate trailers of all sizes.  Food, trail maps and gas are available right at the Lodge.

Jim Yearwood
Northern Outdoors Snowmobile Club