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Maine Winter Sports Center Nordic Heritage Center

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 8

The Maine trail is intermediate and connects to the rest of the trails in a stacked loop system. Each trail attaches at the right and get progressively harder as you move up the hill. There are five interconnected trails which are all single track ranging from easy to expert. Many rock outcroppings with great vistas and wonderful wooded riding. There are 8.5 miles of single track trails which cross the world class ski area.
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Latitude
46.727271481220434
Longitude
-67.92520523071289
Trail Directions
East on the Fort Fairfield road rt 167 about four miles left after the Quoggy Joe ski area park at the end of the MWSC road and the Maine trail starts there.
Trail Length
8.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Presque Isle and Fort Fairfield
State/Territory/Province
Aroostook County
Zip/Postal Code
04769
Country
USA
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Review Date
September 13, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Nate ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
One of the best places I have ridden in the Northeast. The park has a little of everything. The trails snake up and around a hill which makes a fun downhill ride. The trails are well groomed and flow very nicely. The downside to this trail is that it is in the middle of no where. The park was empty and I didn't see anyone else riding there. Check it out if you are in the area. If you love to go fast then go.



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Review Date
May 5, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: jmdjamis ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Really don't have time for this right now, but seriously. If you're looking for some great trails to ride in Maine and you're willing to travel to east bumfunk than these are the trails to go to!

Recommended Route:
All of it, take a whole day, or a couple days and shred the shiz out of these trails!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
really...don't waste your time anywhere else.



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Review Date
December 6, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: njrm ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
these trails rock i have been riding them for the last 3 years and every time i go out there i find somthing new. I continue to meet new people who have been suggested to travel up just to try them out. The terain park is cool and the jumps that go down the side of the hill are crazy.

Recommended Route:
My personal favorite is to ride the field roads and then enter on the ashby ridge loop. My favorite trail is the down hill course. there are a couple of corners where you need to slow down and there are fantastic jumps.



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Review Date
September 11, 2006

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: trailetr ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The Nordic Heritage Center trails are some of the best in New England as far as I'm concerned especially for straight-up trail riding. We have about 20 miles of hand and machine made singletrack ranging from open and flowy to tight and twisty. Many of the trails include technical optional lines over features such as bedrock outcrops. The trails surf up and down both sides of a ridge with a 300' +/- change in elevation ( so I'm told). You'll find varous forest types including hardwood ridges, field boundaries, and evergreen stands (most notably The Enchanted Forest).

We have a skills park that includes some dirt jumps (need some resculpting), some technical trail features such as stairs, a log ride, teeter totters, and a multiple exit (roll-off, 2' drop, 10' skinny to 2' drop) ladder bridge, and an expert trail ironically named Vacationland (its anything but relaxing ride).

Another perk is the Nordic Heritage Center lodge. It is open to the public between 6 am and 10 pm (or similar hours). You can enter the lodge through the north first floor door and refrigerate your food and beverages, take showers and/or a sauna, etc. They just ask that you clean out the fridge when you leave and leave the lodge as clean as when you entered it.

Recommended Route:
Start at the access road trail on Tom's Trail. Ride Tom's, Ashby Ridge, Chris' Climb, clockwise Around the Mountain, West Trail, Finish Around the Mountain toward the lodge then head back out on Tom's. Around 10-12 miles.

I ride at the NHC between 2 and 5 days a week. Haven't gotten tired of it yet.



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Review Date
September 27, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: teleskiah ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
A pat on the back is desreved for Tomsharo, he is the man, thanks to him that these trails exist! This man has an unbelievable tenacity and willingness to make this thing happen. Too many hours of dedication and time have been commited by this man. Do your self a favor and check these trails out. A map exists now. Check with the maine Winter SAports Center to pick one up. These trails are like skiing the finest line of bumps that you have ever skied. Completly singlespeedable(even in the rain). Come October 2, 2004 to the Nordic Hertiage Center in Presque Isle Maine for the first annual race. Cash prizes, all age categories. You will not be disappointed!

Recommended Route:
Park at the newly painted red Quoggy Jo ski Tow, bike up the to the top of the and go just beyond the gravel driveway that leads to the Heritage Center, you will find the start of the single track here. Parallel the road on for about a mile, the hill bgins to climb, you will go by three trails on the right, continue, you will come out into a clearing(winter trail), follow the single track through the grass, there is trail that clmbs(new), it makes a series of small switch backs until you come out onto another ski trail, there will be a trail directly in front of you, this trail is called the upper goat, follow that to the top, when at the top continue straight until you come to a new ski trail, you will know it is new b/c there is still gravel on the trail where the other trails are still graveled. Cross this, follw for about 1/4 of a mile, then hang on, there is a new trail that has been built the has great hairpin turns on a fairly steep grade, follw that to the bottom, and you will be smilin', take a left at the bottom, yo will go down a short stepp section, and you will come out onto yet anotehr ski-trail, go straight across, and take a left, this is called "zig-zag"

Other recommended trails in the same area:
this is another steep trail that has a series of great leggy switch backs. A new true has been built off of this, pay attention, you will come to a "y" bare left and follw this trail, beautiful loop that will end up at the bottom of zig-zag. From there you will be nearly at the bottom of the ridge. Look for a left that will come out a lean-to, continue beyond the lean-to and the trail will go left into the woods. Here you will be near the entance of the trail you rode in on. There is bunch of trails, including a sweet little drop over a big boulder. Have fun.



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