A Tuesday announcement was great news for ATVers and snowmobilers.  An old railway corridor will soon be converted into a 32 mile long multi-use trail.

According to WABI, the rail beds that will soon be converted into trails were recently purchased from Pan Am Railways for about a million dollars.  The plan is for the trail, which snakes its way through the towns of Madison, Norridgewock , Anson, Fairfield, Emden, and other parts of Somerset and Kennebec counties, to be connected to other part of the Maine Interconnected Trail System and Maine ATV Trail System.

The trail is called the Madison Branch and could take up to two years to convert.


The Maine Interconnected Trail System is a series of hundreds of miles of trails that snake their way through nearly every part of the state.  The only place that really is not covered by the system is the deep woods of the Allagash.  Learn more about the trail system and check out a map HERE

If you are a 4-wheeler or side-by-side rider, the State of Maine has some safety suggestions: never drink and ride, stay on trails marked with green and white signs, be mindful of closed trails, be respectful of ATV access routes, and support local ATV clubs.

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