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The Four Seasons Adventure Trail (sometimes also referred to as the 4 Seasons Adventure Trail or the Newport/Dover–Foxcroft Rail-Trail) runs between Newport and Dover-Foxcroft, linking five towns, two rivers, three lakes and a range of pristine landscapes. Extending from State Route 7 in Newport to its northern terminus near Fairview Street in Dover-Foxcroft, the corridor is used by hikers, bicyclists, cross-country skiers, dogsledders, equestrians, snowmobilers and ATV riders. An alternative route between the towns of Newport, Corinna, Dexter, Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft, the trail also links to the central Maine Interconnected Trail System.
Despite busy weekends, the trail affords a very pleasant mountain bike trek, with plenty of side trips and places to stop for provisions. In summer, watch for the many humps and dips in the soft surface, which puddle after excessive rains. The trail borders lakes and streams and traverses farmland, woodland and wetland areas.
In Newport, the trail briefly skirts the shore of Sebasticook Lake and its charming lakeside residences. Farther along, where the trail crosses State Route 7/11 in Corinna, an intriguing antique shop, general store and café provide local color and a relaxing diversion. Rejoining the trail, you'll glimpse the east branch of the Sebasticook River.
The town of Dexter (once the home of Dexter shoes) offers a grocery and sandwich shop, as well as a trail link to Lake Wassookeag. Summer wildflowers line the trail just north of town.
To reach the Newport trailhead, take Interstate 95 to State Route 7 north. Trailhead parking is on the right side of Route 7, just north of the town center.
The Dover-Foxcroft trailhead is near the junction of State Routes 7, 15 and 6. From the junction, travel west on SR 6 just over 1 mile. Trailhead parking is on the right.
My husband and myself saw this trail listed in the Rails to Trails magazine, and since we were in the area, we thought we would try it. From the very beginning, the trail was very bumpy, with lots of potholes and large rocks. We were hoping, that it would get better, but unfortunately it didn't. With the exception of a few sections where the trail was ok, this trail is clearly very frequented by many ATVs, and the condition of the trail is not suited for cyclists. We are both experienced riders, and made it to Dexter on the trail. From there we returned on busy Rt7 back to Newport. We just could not face the trail again for the return trip. Worst rail trail we've ever been on!!
My girlfriend and I. During the summer. Was staying at balsom woods camp ,so on the way back we saw. A ATV park. Passing. In Newport.so we stop to. Check it out. For a a ride. We liked what we saw. So we. Came back 10/15/16 we are amazed on the amount of. ATV etc on this trail and all the connection s the trail s have to offer. ,it is worth the trip. To visit these trail
Went to go on a nice day to the trail but the trail is closed until May 30th, 2016. FYI .
My 24 year old daughter and I biked from Newport to Corinna today, a Friday. On the trail, we passed a dirt biker, two ATV's and three sets of people walking their dogs. Otherwise, we were just the two of us, and it was sunny and quiet. We loved riding by beautiful Lake Sebasticook with its lovely views and charming cottages. We enjoyed passing through farmland and seeing cows running in its pastures. We were surprised to see all the cattails and very tall reeds in the marshlands and loved the dark 'tunnels' through a path of deciduous forests. The trail is a bit bumpy in places, and a bit 'soupy' next to mile marker three (wish they'd pack that section down), but otherwise, it was just fine. Due to time constraints, we turned around in Corinna, after eating a delicious meal at Barb's Restaurant where all meals are home cooked and where you can have breakfast all day long! Next time, we plan to begin biking in Corinna and go to Dexter where we hope to eat another delicious lunch!
My wife and I were looking forward to a pleasant trail ride as described in the other reviews. We found anything but. The condition of the trail itself was very poor. We could not enjoy the nice scenery because we constantly had to be on the lookout for holes, large stones and sand patches. Equally bad was the fact that all the other riders that day were on ATVs which created a huge amount of dust and noise. To us it defeated the purpose of a recreational trail to share it with motorized vehicles. We decided we were not having any fun and turned back much sooner than we planned. We are not inexperienced riders and found this to be the least enjoyable ride we've been on in Maine.
Explored this trial with my 18 yr old daughter. Excellent, easy biking trail with nice scenery. Lots of ATVs during our ride, but all friendly. We just had a few hours so 10 miles in and out was great. Excellent for a beginner or if your just looking for a relaxing afternoon.
I rode this trail starting in Newport and it was pretty amazing. I have a hybrid Trek bicycle and it handled the trail very well. I rode to the ten mile mark past Corinna. Beautiful scenery for the most part. Only encountered three ATVs and three ladies on horseback. Had the trial to myself otherwise. Some sandy spots but mostly crushed packed dirt. Planning to tackle all 29 miles before the end of summer.
Google Maps' walking directions says this Rail Trail is 9 miles from Newport to Corinna, 8 miles from Corinna to Dexter, and 12 miles from Dexter to Dover-Foxcroft.
Excellent place for horseback riding, good footing and visibility down the trail. Don't bring a horse that doesn't like bridges. If your horse is barefoot, consider hoof boots for this trail, as there are a fair amount of small rocks on top of the sand.
The majority of the ATV riders here are very good about slowing down as they go by (5-10mph is appropriate on an ATV), and stopping / shutting their ATV off when asked. FYI, it is very important that ATV riders speak to the horses, because horses that are relatively new to the experience DO NOT recognize you as a human until you do, and that can be very scary for them.
We took hybrids, starting from north trailhead, and were able to go a few miles, but this trail is basically for ATVs--at least 15 passed us in an hour or so. Very nice people, but trail surface has become quite rutted from the vehicles. In places, stone dust had drifted into patches several inches deep, making it hard to steer hybrids. What we saw of trail was pleasant, mostly woods with a few bogs. Crossing the Pisquataquis was beautiful. We also drove south and walked on the Newport end, where the surface seemed less rutted.
"There IS parking now for folks using the trails. Stay on Route 7 north headed out of town and just after you cross the old railroad tracks (before the Ford dealership), you'll see a Park & Ride lot."
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