Best Mountain Biking in the Royal River Watershed

The Royal River watershed has a rapidly growing network of mountain biking destinations with a wide variety of trails and terrain. Below are links to maps, trailheads and information regarding some of our favorite mountain biking areas.

How to be a Courteous Mountain Biker

Thank you to Wending Maps & Wayfinding for free resources for mountain biking excerpted here.

How to be a Courteous Mountain Biker:

  • Always slow down and yield to pedestrians, equestrians, and skiers-especially seniors and kids. Horeses can get spooked and act unpredictably;stop your bike and let them pass, or ask the equestrian how best to proceed.
  • People can get spooked too, if they don’t know you’re there. Let others know you’re coming up behind them. A bell-ring or a hello is good. If you’ve found an appropriateplace to pass, let them know, such as “Hi, I’m passing on your left.” And don’t forget “Thank you!”
  • Let faster riders pass. It only takes a couple seconds and you’ll both be more comfortable.
  • Unless otherwise posted, downhill riders yield to uphill riders.
  • When you stop, pull slightly off the trail so others may pass.
  • Leave no trace-no trash, no defacing, no skid marks. Take only pictures.
  • Always read the kiosks. Follow direction there and on trail signs.
  • Don’t ride trails when they’re closed. You’ll do damage, give mountain bikers a bad name, and wreck the trails for everyone.
  • Choose not to ride trails that are particularly soft and muddy, even if they’re not closed. A good guildline is to let trails dry out a day for each day it rains. When it rains, let it drain.
  • Don’t ride unauthorized trails. You’ll jeopardize our ability to ride the rest.
  • Ride the middle line. When you come across a puddle, slowly ride through-not around. If we ride at the edges of trails, they widen and become harder to repair or improve. Don’t cut corners.
  • Pitch in. Trail building and maintenance don’t happen magically. If you ride it, work on it.
  • Stop and lend a hand when you see a rider with a mechanical issue. Sometimes just having someone hold things is a big help.
  • Whether riders, pedestrians, skiers, or equestrians-when groups cross in opposite directions, let the other group know how many riders are behind you, especially if your whole group isn’t visible.
  • Where riding with your dog is permitted, be sure to keep in control at all times. Even a friendly dog hello is not welcomed by everyone.
  • When approaching a trick spot or obstacle that might not be visible to the person behind you, let them know- like, “bridge coming up” or “low branch”.
  • When riding at night behind someone with a helmet light, let them know when the indicator signals a low battery (usually yellow or red). It might be time to head back.
  • When riding with others, regroup away from homes and refrain from being noisy in populated areas.
  • When with others at night, regroup well away from road crossings. Cars sometimes can’t figure out what’s going on with multiple lights moving in random directions. Let’s not confuse them.
  • When you discover a problem on the trail (bees nest, broken bridge etc.” take a minute and notify the organization that care for the trails.

Bradbury to Pineland Corridor (Pownal, North Yarmouth, Gray, New Gloucester)

The Bradbury-Pineland Corridor consists of a network of both polished and rough trails that connect Bradbury Mountain State Park to the Pineland Public Reserved Land. Both Pineland Public Reserved Land and Bradbury Mountain State Park have extensive networks of trails, connected by the so-called Corridor.

For full description of this network, visit: Bradbury Pineland Corridor Trails

Pineland Farms (New Gloucester)

Thirty kilometers of biking at Pineland Farms is a wonderful opportunity for riding wide gravel paths.

West Side Trail (Yarmouth)

The Town of Yarmouth’s West Side Trail is a rapidly growing network of multi-use trails for hikers, walkers, runners, mountain bikers, and more. Intermediate and novice mountain bike trails create round trips of more than ten miles of length with ocean-front segments and ocean views.

Knight’s Pond Preserve (Cumberland & North Yarmouth)

The Knight’s Pond Preserve in North Yarmouth and Cumberland has a growing network of several 2-5 mile loops of single track drooped across the Blueberry ridge on Bruce Hill on the North Yarmouth/Cumberland town line. Moderate elevation gains and contour-relative trail layout make this a perfect after-work exercise and skills outing.

Libby Hill Trails & RRCT’s Thayer Brook Preserve (Gray)

Libby Hill Trails located in Gray and has eight miles of non-motorized trails, supported by the Friends of Libby HIll. Libby Hill’s summit defines the height of land between the Royal River watershed and the Presumpscot watershed. The trail system is connected to RRCT’s abutting Thayer Brook Preserve, which hosts key mountain bike trails.