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Level: Intermediate
Length: 12 mi (19.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +91/122 ft
Total: 16 riders
 

Mountain Biking Rick Swan Trails at Perch Pond

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#3 of 93 mountain bike trails in Maine
#706 in the world

Swan Trails, named for Rick Swan, are designed on 100s of acres including the shores of a beautiful Maine pond. Weather you are a novice or expert you can find trails to challenge your ability. There are beautiful views along the 3/4 mile trail that runs along the waters edge .Dogs are welcome, there is a lot of wild life in the area. Moose, porkipine, deer, pheasant, rabbits and many others are common. Swans Trails have rocks and roots and dry quickly after rains.
Rick Swan was an extrodinary athlete and trail builder, most of the areas around Orono, Old Town and Bangor Maine he help build and design. The trails at Swans were designed and built by Rick. This trail system exhibits his understanding of nature and his respect for the environment. Here at Swans Trails Rick has left his mark in central Maine leaving an extraordinary trail system for all to enjoy.
source: Penobscot Region NEMBA

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
Directions to North Trail Parking Lot: From Points South: Take I-95 South to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave. Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd. Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd. Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 4.4 miles Look for gravel parking lot on the left From Points North: Take I-95 North to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd. Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd. Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 4.4 miles Look for gravel parking lot on the left Directions to South Trail Parking Lot: From Points South: Take I-95 South to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave. Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd. Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd. Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 1.8 miles Turn left on Poplar St. continue 2.4 miles Look for gravel parking lot on the left, trailhead is on the right. From Points North: Take I-95 North to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd. Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd. Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 1.8 miles Turn left on Poplar St. continue 2.4 miles Look for gravel parking lot on the left, trailhead is on the right.
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  • Skifreenow
    *****

    Great technical trails with rocks and roots. Pure old school trails with old school flow. The Gnomes watch over you at every turn

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  • Tim Whitney
    *****

    Like their namesake did, these trails are getting better with age, great fun, flowing with a little fear built in too!

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  • SarahBrown
    ****

    I love it out here. So remote and isolated. I've seen moose and bear on the trails. Quite technical stuff, not much climbing.

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  • Vince Call
    ***

    Spring conditions, major mosquito hatch. Certainly Rocky, root challenging trails. Living up to " classic New England style trails" If your looking for flow, not here!! Also, beware of Google map direction offered on single tracks, left me out 1 A to Dedham Hill area

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  • Ronka
    *****

    I have been riding out at Perch Pond for a few years now. Each year, the trails seem to be getting better and better. I love the flow of the trails and the well planned mix of speed and tech. Sounds like Rick Swan was the man.

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  • Gouldac
    *****

    Great! Always enough to keep me busy and on my feet. Always enjoy exploring and riding these trails. Genius trail layout!

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  • Cary James
    *****

    Awesome trails right in my back yard! Thanks for making this wonderful opportunity available!

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  • Mia Smith
    *****

    Best single track that's closest to Acadia! Great for hikes with friends in every season and (my favorite) snoeshoeing in the Winter. If you're lucky you'll see some wildlife. Never populated and it's almost like the only one's out there enjoying Maine's beautiful nature.
    Some of the best single track mountain biking in Maine!
    These set of trails are special, from what I've heard, because they are named after an exceptional mountain biker who passed away recently.

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  • gktableman
    *****

    Quintessential North Maine Woods rocks, roots and hummocks that's close to town. Some of the best intermediate single track in Maine that is within striking distance of Barf Harbor and Acadia National Park. Excellent map and well signed. Dries quickly in the spring and after rains due to leaf blowing in the fall. Just follow the rock plating and you won't go wrong. Trails are continuing being upgraded by a dedicated donsy of trail gnomes.

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  • Skifreenow
    *****

    Great Trils along the lake , great views, and a ton of wildlife. Dogs welcome

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  • skifree54
    *****

    Very challenging trails love the Tecnical and rock bridges. Great views of the lake and dog freindly so the dogs could cool off. One fun down hill on Dumbos dilemma rest is cross country roots and rocks. A great ride look forward to telling some friends.

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  • metz00000
    **

    No elevation change. Lots of small stumps in trail.
    EXTREME MOSQUITOS THAT DGAF ABOUT BUG SPRAY AND WANT TO EAT YOUR SOUL.
    Seriously though really not that good of riding and really really bad bugs.

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  • Charissa
    *****

    One of the best trails we've seen in Maine so far. A nice mix of skill levels. The advanced trails were a good length and not too short. Definitely going back a few times since it's close to Bangor.

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  • navig8tr
    ****

    Careful of the Map it feature. It gives directions to Phillips lake in Dedham, which is no where near Perch Pond.

    Today I Rode Perch Pond and the trails were great. They are fairly technical without much elevation so don't expect to gain a lot of speed. Still lots of fun and scenic. Also all the rocks and roots will definitely improve your skills.

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