on the snowy trail

With typically at least 3.8″ wide tires with snow tires traction, fat biking has been growing in popularity for several years. Fat bikes are meant for snow, downhill, and varying types of terrain, making the sport perfect for Maine’s Kennebec Valley in the winter.

Quarry Roads is a wonderful destination for fat bikers. It offers over 13 km of groomed Nordic ski terrain, a Welcome Center for rentals, snacks, and information. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during ski season. Plus, it offers more than a mile of the trail is lit for night skiing until 9 p.m. daily. Fat bikes are welcome on the groomed ski trails only in hard-packed snow conditions. Bikers must purchase a day ticket or season pass. 

Several other locations offer fat bike trails in the Waterville area: Inland Woods trails, Colby and Thomas College campuses. Besides, there are numerous fat bike trails in Oakland, on Snow Pond, and the Kennebec Highlands.

Fat biking at Quarry Road Trails in Waterville, Maine.

TOP Fat Bike Trails

Bond Brook Recreation AreaAugusta10.4 MilesVaries
Lake George Regional ParkCanaan/Skowhegan10 MilesEasy
Quarry Road TrailsWaterville 6.5 MilesEasy/Moderate
Viles ArboretumAugusta5Easy/Moderate

Lake George Regional Park in Canaan is now grooming its winter trails. The park has a novice loop trail called the Modin Trail, specifically designed for mountain biking and fat tires. The non-redundant, half-mile loop trail is a great “family and novice opportunity”. You can find the Modin Trail on the east side of the park, just off the access road across from the boat launch. Other LGRP trails are multiuser and offer a broader experience. 

Fat biking is popular across the region.

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