Kennebec River Rail Trail

Kennebec County, Maine 04347

Distance5.5mi
Elevation Gain32ft
Trailhead Elevation29ft
Top36ft
Elevation Min/Max13/36ft
Elevation Start/End29/29ft

Kennebec River Rail Trail

Kennebec River Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Kennebec County, Maine. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 29 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 32 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Along the trail there is parking.

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"The Kennebec River Rail Trail follows the Kennebec River from trail start to finish. Once very polluted, it is now healthy, beautiful, and a fisherman's delight. The Kennebec River Rail Trail is at points scenic, but its primary purpose is to ignite a green economy and give its citizens (kids especially) a reason to exercise.

The trail itself starts at the underbelly of the giant green Memorial Bridge in Augusta, capital city of the Vacation State. it then stretches all the way to the Hannaford's supermarket in Gardiner before passing riverside through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale. You can ride the 1.5 mile oldest part of the bike trail from Memorial Bridge in Augusta to the waterfront park in neighboring Hallowell."

"This is a tidewater section of the Kennebec River; the Edwards Dam, in Augusta, is the head of tide. Much controversy exists over the continued use of this ancient dam, since the electricity produced here is not needed and the dam keeps the above-mentioned key species as well as shad, alewives, and Atlantic salmon from prime upriver spawning grounds. If you do not have a boat or canoe, you can fish from shore by the boat ramps in Hallowell and Augusta and beneath the Edwards Dam in Augusta. There are plenty of motels in Augusta.

Even Maine residents are sometimes surprised to learn that the Kennebec River in Augusta and Hallowell provides some of the state’s best brown trout, smallmouth bass, and striped bass fishing. Landlocked salmon fishing is good too, thanks to a recent stocking program and an impressive growth rate for game fish living in this fertile river. Key Species: brown trout, landlocked salmon, smallmouth bass, pickerel, white perch."

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Trail Information

Kennebec County
Nearby City
Surface
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife
Local Contacts
DeLorme Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
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Jul 2018