Difficulty: Easy to strenuous, depending on what trails you explore and by what means. The property is home to both gravel roads and narrow trails filled with roots and rocks. The terrain is hilly.
Information: The Dedham Trails, also known as the Kiski Trails, is a network of gravel roads and trails located on the 680-acre Kiski Lot in Dedham. Located right off Route 1A, the property is co-owned by the Town of Dedham and Lucerne-in-Maine Village and is open to the public for mountain biking, hiking, hunting and fishing.
The trail network on the property was constructed by local volunteers, and was designed specifically for mountain biking though it’s also open to foot traffic. Currently there are about 6.8 miles of single-track trails (which are approximately the width of a bike) and about 1.6 miles of wide, gravel roads. These roads are closed to vehicle traffic, making them great for walking, wildlife watching and jogging.
The trail network is constantly being expanded and improved. The construction of it started in 2009, when local resident Keith Blanchard received permission from the town to build trails on the property for mountain biking. He established the first 5.5 miles of trails, with the help of local resident Brandon Tolman and volunteers from the Penobscot Region chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association.
Aislinn is a Bangor Daily News reporter for the Outdoors pages, focusing on outdoor recreation and Maine wildlife. Visit her main blog at actoutwithaislinn.bangordailynews.com.
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