Central Maine’s beauty is on full display at our many recreational venues. Whether you walk, hike, paddle, bike, ski, bird watch, fish, swim, or boat, our region is your playground. Happily, many of our recreational sites are ADA accessible! We hope you enjoy our fresh air and spectacular nature.
Kennebec Messalonskee Trails
As a recipient of the 2009 Land User of the Year award, the KM trails (over 40 miles) provide walkers, runners, and bicyclists an opportunity to experience the true beauty of Waterville, Winslow, Fairfield, Oakland, and Benton. The breathtaking scenic sights will capture your heart and help you to see nature for what it really is. The multi-use trails are designed for walking, running, and cycling, with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing during winter; some are paved, and several are ADA accessible. The KM trails are in a variety of locations including: Thomas and Colby College campuses, Fort Halifax Park, and many more.
Inland Wood Trails
The popular Inland Woods Trail system behind Inland Hospital has brought fun and physical activity to people of all ages and abilities since its inception in 2010. The family-friendly Inland Woods Trails, located in the 17-acre woods behind Inland Hospital, are approximately 1 mile in length and offer opportunities for even the littlest outdoor enthusiasts. These trails provide a convenient link to the Pine Ridge Trail system, offering several miles of trails for mountain biking, walking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Quarry Road Trails
Quarry Road is a year-round outdoor recreation destination for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life from the greater Waterville area, across Maine and beyond. Located just 2 miles from downtown Waterville, Quarry Road’s trails and open spaces provide outstanding opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, biking, walking, running, and paddling. The area offers 13.3 km (8.2 miles) of world-class groomed Nordic ski trails, and additional miles of backcountry snowshoe and hiking trails. Our state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures an early start to the ski season and reliable snow conditions all winter.
Town Farm Road Trails
Located in the town of Oakland, this 40 acre parcel features a mixture of hardwoods and softwoods, overgrown fields, a babbling spring brook, and over 1,100 feet of frontage on McGrath Pond. Managed as a town forest, this property was selectively harvested in 1999. A 4,000 foot trail system has been completed which provides non-motorized access throughout the property, including an undisturbed stand of mature hemlock at the water’s edge. Enjoy!
Fort Halifax State Park
Fort Halifax, in Winslow, Maine, is a National Historic Landmark and the oldest blockhouse in the United States. The fort served as the northern outpost for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, erected by English settlers in 1754-1755, to defend the upper Kennebec River Valley from possible attack by the French and their Native American allies. The State Park is located at the confluence of the Sebasticook and Kennebec Rivers, and is free of charge. Enjoy the scenic spot while picnicking, fishing, nature watching, and kayaking!
Head of Falls
Head of Falls is a grand place for celebrations, or for exploration and relaxation. Rest on one of the benches at the plaza and contemplate the changes that this place has seen for the past 300 years, from Native American encampments, to Benedict Arnold’s trip north and much more. Take a moment to walk across the 100 year old Two Cent footbridge, complete with the once used toll house. The Two Cent Bridge is the only remaining toll footbridge in the nation!
Mill Island Park
Located on an island in the Kennebec River along the banks of Fairfield, Mill Island Park is a day-use space perfect for small picnics or large gatherings. The park boasts pedestrian trail systems and open green spaces, public benches and picnic area, a playground, and plenty of scenic river views. The park is fully handicap accessible, and is available for reservation via an application with the Town Office.
North Street Recreation Area
Located in the city of Waterville, this park offers a multitude of recreational activities and amenities including: a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, soccer fields, a boat landing, and a picnic area. A bathhouse adjacent to the pool houses restrooms, changing rooms, and lockers. At North Street, there is truly something for everyone!
Pleasant Point Park
The centerpiece of the Town of Oakland’s recreational properties, this 1999 acquisition of 30 acres is home to a wide range of opportunities. Take a swim, launch your kayak and listen to the loons, enjoy a pickup softball game or walk among the mammoth pines. Located at the northern tip of McGrath Pond, Pleasant Point Park is truly a special place!
City of Waterville
- – Susan B. Child Boat Launch (Messalonskee Stream)
- – Thayer Park Boat Launch (Messalonskee Stream)
- – Water Street Boat Launch (Kennebec River)