Fort Kent Riverside Trails

Trailhead

Access to the trail system can be anywhere the trails intersect streets and in Riverside Park. The southern trailhead of the Riverside Trail South and the western trailhead of the Riverside Trail West both connect to the multi-use St. John Valley Heritage Trail. Accessing both the Riverside Trail South and Riverside Trail North can be also made at McDonald’s on Main Street.

Description

The Riverside Trail System is a network of totally 3-mile long non-motorized trails through beautiful downtown Fort Kent, along the Saint John River and Fish River. It begins and ends at intersections with the multi-use Saint John Valley Heritage Trail, and can be traversed in sections, one-way, or as a loop. The system is a connection of Riverside Trail South, Riverside Trail North, Riverside Park Loop, and Riverside Trail West. The Riverside Trail West offers splendid view of the Saint John River and the Canadian landscape on the other side of the River. Where the Riverside Trail West overlaps ITS trail (along the Saint John River levee) is also used by ATVs and snow mobiles. The Riverside Park Loop is a paved trail with concrete; the loop is surrounded by trees and lawns next to Saint John River. The Riverside Trail South is a woods trail that goes through the forest on the east side of the Fish River. The Riverside Trail North passes the Riverside Park that has many facilities for everyone. Its western section offers great view of the confluence of the Fish River with the Saint John River and shades in summer.

The Riverside Trail West passes by Fort Kent Blockhouse. The Fort Kent blockhouse is located at the confluence of the Fish River and the Saint John River. This state-owned structure is the only extant fortification relating to the "Bloodless" Aroostook War of 1838ñ39, and the border dispute between Great Britain and the United States. In addition to being listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the structure is a National Historic Landmark. Care and public presentation of this site is currently provided by local Eagle Scouts, in cooperation with the Bureau of Parks and Recreation, Maine Department of Conservation. The Riverside Trail West also passes the America’s First Mile Monument. The Monument was built in 2010, marking the beginning of the US Route 1.

Town of Fort Kent
Fort Kent Recreation and Parks Department
416 West Main Street
Fort Kent
Maine
04743
207-834-3730

Photos

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The Riverside Trail by St. John River
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Viewing the River from the Riverside Trail North
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The America's First Mile Monument
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The Fort Kent Blockhouse
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A kiosk in the historic site park
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The historic site park next to Fish River
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Picnic tables in the historic site park
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Dringking water in the historic site park
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The west trailhead of the Riverside Trail North
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The Riverside Trail North next to Fish River
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The east trailhead of the Riverside Trail North
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A bench in the Riverside Park
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A bench on the park Loop Trail and view to the River
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The Park Loop Trail
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The Park Loop Trail
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The Park Loop Trail next to St. John River
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The pavillion in the Riverside Park
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a gazebo in the Riverside Park
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A sheltered picnic site in the Riverside Park
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A sheltered picnic site in the Riverside Park
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A playground in the Riverside Park
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A restroom in the Riverside Park
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The RV park in thr Riverside Park
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St. John River boat landing (the North Canoe Trail terminus)
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South trailhead of the Riverside Trail South
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The Riverside Trail South
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North trailhead of the Riverside Trail South
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Riverside Trail West Trailhead
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A bench next to Riverside Trail West
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The International Bridge
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McDonald's next to Riverside Trail South trailhead
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