Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta

Directions: Take exit 109 to Western Ave heading north.  Go around the rotary and get off at the 3rd exit, heading towards Rt 27 or Water St.  You want Water St, so stay right and go down a slight hill.  Parking is at the bottom of the hill, both sides of the road. 

Trail Information: Roughly 6 miles total one way, ending in Gardiner.  Augusta's portion is paved and good for road bikes and there is a grassy shoulder for runners.  Hallowell's section is packed dirt, and Gardiner is paved again.  No water stops along the way, and only a few WC's.  Follows the Kennebec River most of the way; Augusta and Hallowell sections are the most scenic. Terrain is fairly level, good shade in both Augusta and Hallowell portions. Some portions are twisty due to the railroad crossings, so bikers should approach slowly. For a shorter route, you can branch off in Augusta and head towards Capitol Park.

Miscellaneous Information: Bikers are required to alert pedestrians if approaching from behind - an "on your left" will do.
Hallowell is an excellent pit-stop in the middle of the route - great restaurants include the Liberal Cup for home cooking, Joyce's for healthy and delicious fare and Cafe de Bangkok for Thai / sushi.  Gardiner also features some great eateries like the Hi-Hat diner and A-1, an old RR dining car overlooking the river.  Both towns have great shops to browse too, or stop in to Bacchus in Hallowell for a wine tasting.  If you're planning a trip, come for Old Hallowell Days or stop in on a Tuesday evening to catch music on the river. 

Andrea