Connecting Jay, Wilton, and Farmington, this section of the former broad gauge Androscoggin Railroad (later the Maine Central) has been converted into a multi-use, four-season rail trail for everything from walking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing to horseback riding, dog sledding, ATVing, and snowmobiling. Following the gentle curves and slopes of the railroad bed, the trail is generally wide and flat making it ideal for easy walks or for travelling long distances.
The trail traverses a variety of landscapes including scenic views of Western Maine’s foothills, forested wetlands, and rural farmland. Closely replicating the historic railroad setting, the trail also features several trestles spanning tree-lined streams and rivers. In Jay, old granite walls and culverts remain as testaments to both the railroad’s legacy as well as to the nearby quarrying heritage of North Jay. A wayside exhibit details additional information about Maine and New Hampshire Granite Company that operated the quarries until the turn of the century. For more information about the quarries visit the nearby North Jay White Granite Park.
During the winter, Farmington’s Franklin Memorial Hospital provides shelter at a warming “yurt” along the trail. Fat-biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing are all permitted, as is snowmobiling.