Aroostook State Park Trails

Trailhead

From North or South: Turn off US Route 1 approximately 3 miles south of Presque Isle, Aroostook State Park signs marked turn off US Route 1 in both directions. Turn on to the Spragueville Road. Drive 1.5 miles and take a left turn on to State Park Road. Drive 1 mile to park main entrance. The 2 trail heads are 300 yards past the small fee collection building on the right just past the office lodge area. The main trail head is in the South end of the parking lot, the other is at the end of the campground road.  Caps are available at the trail head and "you are here" sign maps are posted at all trail intersections.

Description

The extensive cross-country ski network at Aroostook State Park offers a variety of terrain and difficulty for classic skiing only. Each trail is signed by color representing various skill levels (also indicated the paper map available at park headquarters). Blue marked trails are easy (novice) trails with flat or gently rolling terrain and are good for those new to the sport, or those who enjoy even paced gliding. Yellow marked trails represent moderate (intermediate) trails and have greater variation in contours. For these trails, some gradual descents and ascents involved are involved, and they are generally popular with most ability levels. Red marked trails are the most advanced trails with a wide range of uphill and down. Strenuous on uphill grades and fast paced gliding on downhill slopes are to be expected on these trails.

Novice Trail (1.0 mile, easy)

This trail starts at the south end of the parking lot, meanders through a cedar swap, and connects the Sheep Trail with the Maze Trail.

Beech Trail (0.2 miles, easy to moderate):

This trail is somewhere between a novice and intermediate. The short trail leads from the Novice Trail to the campground where Sheep and Quaggy Jo Mountain trails begin.

Maze Trail (1.0 mile, easy):

Trail starts from an intersection on the Novice Trail, passes by the warming hut, and winds through a tree plantation and forest management area on a neighboring farm.

Red Pine Trail (0.2 miles, easy to moderate):

Branching off the Maze Trail, this short trail winds through a managed red Pine plantation. The trail ends in the farm field with a nice view of Quoggy Jo Mountain and surrounding area.

Sheep Trail (1.5 miles, moderate):

Trail leaves the campground at site 21 winding through a hardwood forest and passing the edge of an old sheep farm. It returns to the park by way of the Novice or Cedar Trail.

Cedar Trail (0.5 miles, moderate):

Connecting the Sheep, Maze, and Novice Trails, this trail winds through a cedar swap, field, and a stand of new growth hardwoods.

Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail (4.0 miles, advanced):

Trail leaves the campground at site 18 and follows the same route as the South Peak Trail for a short distance and then turns to circle the Mountain. This trail offers the widest variety of terrain of any of our trails. The trail is a clockwise one-way traffic only and returns to the campground near the Kitchen Shelter.

Lookout Trail (0.5 miles, advanced to strenuous)

This is the most demanding and technical trail in the park. It is not groomed with set track, just packed occasionally, and a portion of this trail is shared with the snowshoe trail. It offers a great view of Aroostook County from the top of North Peak. Extreme caution should be used when skiing this trail. 

Maple Trail (2.0 miles, advanced):

A loop off the south end of the Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail, the Maple Trail offers the challenge of long straight rolling hills and turns. 

Old Beacon Trail (0.5 miles, moderate to advanced):

This is a short trail that leads from the Quaggy Jo Mountain Trail across rolling terrain to the former site of an aviation beacon. It is an outstanding short ski which offers many interesting views of the local area.

More Information

Aroostook State Park is Maine’s first and northern most State Park and offers visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy winter in the outdoors.

The park offers other winter time activities which include snowshoeing,a sliding hill, ice skating (condition permitting on the lake), and winter camping. Two warming huts, away from the parking lot, allow users a chance to rest and meet new friends next to the fire. The are a wonderful place to cook hotdogs. The down stairs of the  lodge can be rented for organized group activities. Updated trail condition reports and more information can be gotten by contacting the Trail Manager below.

Dogs, walkers, and snowshoes are not allowed on the ski trails at any time during the grooming skiing season.

Aroostook State Park
Scott Thompson
87 State Park Rd.
Presque Isle
Maine
04769
207-768-8341

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View from North Peak to Echo Lake
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Warming hut along the trail.
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The trailhead where users can pick up a map and start their adventure!
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Grooming with Quoggy Jo in the Background.
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Winter camping at the park.
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North Peak Trail
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Drinking Water
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Boat Launch Site at Echo Lake
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Group Campground
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Group Campground
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Park Entrace and Park Headquarters
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Kitchen
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Park Service Shop
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Picnic Area near the Lake
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Shelter on the West Side of the Mountain
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Shower House next to Campground
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Warming Hut
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Echo Lake
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Novice Trail
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An Outhouse by Ski Trailhead
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Water Fountain by the Lake
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View from South Peak to Echo Lake
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View from South Peak to the West
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Ski Trailhead by the Parking Lot and by the Lake
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Cedar Trail
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Red Pine Trail
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Sheep Trail
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