Aroostook Valley Trail
Typical of The County – the massive home of the Allagash and the St. John - this 28.8-mile wonder is a tour through the backcountry. Make sure you're well provisioned. The trail uses the old Aroostook Valley Railroad bed between Presque Isle and New Sweden, which was discontinued in 1996, and passes through the towns of Washburn, Caribou, and Woodland on its way. (The AVR was Maine's only electric railroad, hauling potatoes and other produce.) From active farm fields to deep woods, lazy streams to the big Aroostook River, the scenery along the route is pleasantly varied. The Nature Conservancy's Woodland Bog Preserve, a northern fen home to more than eighty species, is on the way and it's a particular treat. The trail itself is crushed stone - excellent for most uses - and you can connect to the Bangor and Aroostook Trail, making for an epic odyssey if you like. For more information and directions visit http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/index.pl.