Kennebec River Rail Trail
The 6.5 mile Kennebec River Rail Trail welcomes locals and visitors alike for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and dog walking. The trail parallels the existing rail bed along the Kennebec River and stretches from Gardiner 's northernmost point through the towns of Farmingdale and Hallowell, to its conclusion at Augusta's Waterfront Park. The trail is open from dawn to dusk daily. Below is an excerpt from the Official Kennebec River Rail Trail website.
The trail is 6.5 miles from end to end. It starts in the Hannaford Parking Lot in Gardiner and follows the river to Augusta at the Maine State Housing Authority parking lot on Water Street . About a half mile of the trail goes through downtown Hallowell on Water Street or Route 201.
The Trail is designed to meet the requirements of ADA. Presently, the two best access points for wheelchairs are the Maine State Housing Authority parking lot off of Water Street in Augusta – beneath Memorial Bridge and the Hannaford parking lot in Gardiner (look for the Clynk recycling area).
Leashed dogs are allowed on the trail. The Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail provide “Dog-i-pot” stations with "poop" bags at various points along the trail. When walking dogs, the municipality ordinance is in effect. Please be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your dog.
The trail is open year-round. The Board of Supervisors has a contract with a private contractor to plow the trail within 36 hours of the completion of a storm. The trail is not sanded; use at your own risk in inclement weather.
A maintenance problem should be reported to the Board of Supervisors. Currently, Andy Hendrickson is the Acting Chairman. For suggestions or general comments about the trail, please email the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail at email@example.com.
The trail will not become impacted if the railroad becomes active again as it has been designed to be next to an active railroad. It meets all State and Federal guidelines for “Trails with Rails”. Safety has been a top priority since the beginning of the project.
The Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds for trail improvements and maintenance. The board of directors is elected from the general membership and serves from 1 to 3 year terms. Everyone who becomes a member of the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail is a “Friend”. The Friends were instrumental in providing the cash local match for the completion of the trail.