Maine's Kennebec Valley

Ready for a day on the snowmobile trails in the Upper Kennebec Valley

Snowmobiling

Riding snow covered trails of the Upper Kennebec Valley
Riding snow covered trails of the Upper Kennebec Valley, ©Northern Outdoors

The hundreds of miles of trails that criss-cross Maine’s Kennebec Valley are made for those who love to snowmobile. Easy to access trails, far enough from civilization’s whirl, the experience of riding here is unmatched in the state. Plus, you’ll find an active and welcoming community of clubs and people to make your sled adventure outstanding.

Maine’s top snowmobiling destination, the area offers a broad range of services for
seasoned sledders and those just trying the sport out. Rent a machine and join a guided ride that starts right from your lodging’s doorstep, stopping for a warming home cooked meal along the way. 

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The Forks Area
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Jackman Area
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Maine ATV and Snowmobile Laws 2023-2024
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Learn the rules, regulations and laws regarding snowmobile riding in Maine—courtesy of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

shared use trails

Most of the trails throughout the region are open to all kinds of non-motorized use. However, another class of trails is multi-use or shared-use trails. These trails are available for ATV riding in warm weather and snowmobiling in the winter. If you plan to use these trails, please abide by the posted signage and be courteous of your fellow trail user. Locally known as the ITS, Maine boasts over 14,000 miles of an establish and managed interconnected trails statewide. This includes more than 310 miles of multi-use rail trails.

Most of the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails located throughout Maine are on private land and are maintained by local clubs. Cooperative agreements between private landowners, Snowmobile clubs, and the Bureau of Parks and Land’s Snowmobile Program are key to the success of the trail system.

Snowmobile Services

201 PowerSports can get you out there to explore Maine’s outdoor scenery. Their sports rental service in Bingham, The Forks, and Jackman will make it easy with snowmobile rentals, guided trips, and a range of other services.

29 Main St, Bingham

Moosehead Sled rents quality snowmobiles at competitive prices, all within a few feet of Moosehead Lake in Rockwood, Maine. They offer several rental sleds, including 2-up models, and all snowmobiles are equipped with reverse, and also rent bibs, jackets, boots, and gloves on a first come, first served basis. Electric shield helmets are included with your snowmobile rental, free of charge.

4008 Rockwood Rd., Rockwood

North Country Rivers s located right “on” Maine’s Interconnecting Trail System (the ITS). This system is comprised of approximately 13,000 miles of groomed trails; stretching to all the way to Canada. The North Country Rivers base complex in Bingham, Maine, is on the ITS 87 portion of this trail system. 

36 Main St, Bingham

Northern Outdoors is the hub of Maine snowmobiling, with two Tucker Terra Sno-Cats on site grooming 100+ miles of local trails, and connecting to the larger 14,000 mile trail network. Stay in a trailside cabin and have groomed access to The Forks trails and beyond. Rent a sled and pick it up on-site, or trailer up – there’s plenty of parking.

1771 US Route 201, The Forks

Three Rivers  is located in The Forks area, one of the best places in the states to go snowmobiling. Ride among hundreds of miles of professionally groomed trails to beautiful summits and waterfalls. We are situated in the center of an extensive trail system, so we really do mean it when we say “Stay Here, Ride Anywhere”! 

2265 US-201, West Forks

Ride safely

  1. Do not drink and ride – Maine has a tough snowmobile DUI law. If you manage to drink and ride and are caught before you are killed, you will be punished with mandatory jail time and fines. 
  2. Always Ride to the right – It is required by law that a snowmobile operates to the right of center on the trail when approaching or navigating a curve, corner, grade, or hill.
  3. Use your hand signals – If you need a copy, they are in your handbook.
  4. Ride defensively – Always expect the unexpected; there could always be that one sledder coming toward you who is not paying attention. Also, consider that most snowmobile trails are cut in the woods, where many of our four-legged friends call home! WILDLIFE HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY! If you come up on a Moose on the trail, stop and let him mosey off the trail on his own. Do not follow him on foot. Just enjoy the moment of seeing the magnificent creature.
  5. Carry a map and stay on the trails. Shortcuts can not only be hazardous if you do not know the area, sledders can get “turned around” pretty easily out there.
  6. Riding alone is not the best plan. It is better to ride with a friend: If you run into mechanical trouble, you will have someone along who can truck you back home; bury your sled, and there are extra hands to help dig out; take a wrong turn, and there is someone else to blame.
  7. Let someone know where you are planning to go and when you plan to return. An itinerary form left with a friend or the motel staff is invaluable if you actually run into trouble on the trail.
  8. Check weather reports before heading out. Ever been on a sled in a whiteout? Enough said.
  9. Dress appropriately (in layers) and wear a helmet. No one should operate a snowmobile without the protection of a helmet. A lifesaver in the case of an accident, your helmet will also keep you protected from the occasional tree branch “face slapper” and inclement weather.
  10. Carry a basic repair kit. Saves a lot of frustration if you have a spare belt, a couple of tools, etc., with you. (An even better idea is to give your sled a good going over before every trip.)
  11. Do not cross frozen bodies of water unless you are absolutely sure of ice thickness. Trails generally will not lead you across ponds or lakes unless there is no reasonable alternative. Check locally for current ice thickness.
  12. When riding, also keep an eye out for groomers on the trails. Always slow down when approaching a groomer from either direction. Their average speed is only 5-8mph, and they are exceptionally wide and long. They have the right of way.

Courtesy of the Maine Snowmobile Association

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