The construction of a new mountain biking trail network in Rumford will begin this fall, according to an announcement made by the nonprofit Mahoosuc Pathways on Tuesday.
“We expect to break ground any day,” said Gabe Perkins, executive director of Mahoosuc Pathways.
The new trails will start behind Mount Valley High School, weaving through the forest to neighboring property that’s owned by the Rumford Water District and the Town of Rumford. The network will include three intersecting trails that total about 3 miles, with room for expansion in the future.
“We try to build fun and flowy easy to intermediate mountain biking trails,” Perkins said. “So we try to find terrain that matches that. It looks like a pretty easy build [in Rumford].”
Mahoosuc Pathways is a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to connecting communities through trails in the Mahoosuc region of western Maine, which spans from Rumford west to the New Hampshire border. The organization took on the project when approached by a group of Rumford residents known as the Pennacook Area Community Trails, or “PACT” for short. This group is now a committee of Mahoosuc Pathways, Perkins said.
Aislinn Sarnacki is a Maine outdoors writer and the author of three Maine hiking guidebooks including “Family Friendly Hikes in Maine.” Find her on Twitter and Facebook @1minhikegirl. You can also...
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