CARRABASSETT VALLEY LOOP: This 19.5 mile trip starts at Tufulio’s Restaurant and is perfect for the intermediate level mountain biker. Park your car at the restaurant, cross the Carriage Road bridge and turn left on the Houston Brook Road. Continue to follow this road past an iron gate into the Bigelow Preserve. The first 5 miles of the trail are run over double-track logging roads. When this road takes a hard right uphill, follow the single track trail to the left. This trails leads you to Stratton Brook Pond at the base of the Firewarden Trail. Continue on past the Apalachian Trail head to Route 27. From there head south on Route 27 over Bigelow Hill to Bigelow Station. The Narrow Gauge Trail will take you back to Tufulio’s. This scenic loop can also be a lot of fun for the expert biker, depending on the speed traveled.
CARRIAGE ROAD: This 5 mile trail starts from Tufulio’s Restaurant is a difficult one met for the experienced rider. Continue over the bridge and up the hill, past the Houston Brook Road. The first mile of this 4 wheel drive and snowmobile road is somewhat steep and rocky. After approximately a mile the trail splits. To see Poplar Stream Falls, continue on the trail a short distance to the right. To go to Long Falls Dam Road, follow the trail to the left. Several streams bisect the trail and some places will flood during summer rains. Moose are often seen on this trail. After reaching the Long Falls Dam Road, you may turn left and bike another 5 miles to the Bigelow Lodge on a smooth, graded roadway.
NARROW GAUGE TRAIL: Park your car by Tufulio’s Restaurant. To access this trail, cross the Carriage Road bridge and turn left on the Houston Brook Road at the Red Stallion. The road splits at the 1.5 mile mark. Follow the trail to the left and traverse the the railroad bed along the Carrabassett River. Riders can go as far as Bigelow station (7 more miles) if they’d like. The trail is easy and perfect for the novice.
SUGARLOAF OUTDOOR CENTER: Located off Route 27, the Outdoor Center offers over 50 miles of well maintained trails spread over 7,000 acres. Bikers of all ability levels can enjoy the trails which are marked and rated for ability. Trails range from level graveled dirt roads to expert single track through steep elevations. A minimal trail fee is charged allowing bikers to ride on any terrain they choose. A shuttle service is available for some trails. For more information call 207-237-6830 or 207-237-2000.
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