Maine Natural Wonders and Historic Landmarks
Maine’s incredible network of snowmobile trails leads to everything from scenic overlooks and waterfalls to abandoned trains deep in the woods. Snowmobile trails lead directly to or within a short walk of all of the sites below, like Coburn Mountain above. Come check out these awesome things to see in Maine by snowmobile this winter!
1. The Abandoned Locomotives @ Chamberlain Lake
Getting to the abandoned trains in the North Maine Woods is a challenge in the summertime, but in the winter, it becomes a whole new adventure. First, the trails to the trains can change daily based on weather conditions and regular logging activity in the winter. But if you’re up for the challenge, they’re well worth the trip. Here are the directions to the locomotives by snowmobile.
2. Coburn Mountain @ The Forks
Prepare for a breathtaking view at the top of Coburn Mountain, the highest groomed snowmobile trail in Maine. At 3,717 feet the fire tower at the summit offers 360-degree views of the surrounding areas including Mt. Katahdin. There are two sections to this trail. One is an easy ride to the radio repeater tower. The final mile to the summit is very narrow and conditions can vary greatly depending on current conditions. While there isn’t a view on a cloudy day like the photo at the very top, it’s still beautiful!
3. B-52 Crash Site @ Greenville
Not far outside of Greenville on the side of Elephant Mountain are the remains of a United States Air Force B-52C Stratofortress that crashed in 1963. The site serves as a memorial to the 7 who perished and 2 who survived the crash which happened in January, with nighttime temps dropping to -28F. Tons of debris from the crash remain at the site, both on the ground and grown up and into the trees. These include the landing gear and tires, wing sections, control panels, and a slate memorial for the fallen crew members sits near the largest section, the gunner’s compartment.
4. Moxie Falls @ The Forks
A nice, short spur trail will bring you Moxie Falls just outside of The Forks. At 90-feet, Moxie Falls is one of Maine’s tallest waterfalls. The site has a nice viewing platform across the gorge from the falls for a fantastic frozen view!
5. Cunningham Mountains Scenic View @ Shin Pond
At the southeast end of the Libby Pinnacle Loop, you’ll find the trail to the summit of Cunningham Mountain. At 1,171 feet above it all, you’ll have views of Grand Lake Seboeis, Millimagassett Lake, Scraggly Lake, and other nearby peaks.
BONUS: MOUNT KATAHDIN!
Get the sleds ready and head for the logging roads of the North Maine Woods out of Millinocket! Follow the Golden Road to Abol Bridge where you’ll find a nice, big parking lot and incredible views of Mt Katahdin! Trails go across Abol Bridge, around the Baxter State Park Tote Road, and along the Katahdin Loop Trail for hundreds of miles of scenic sledding.
What if you don’t have your own snowmobile?
Here is a list of where to rent snowmobiles in Maine!
Where are your favorite places to visit by snowmobile? Tell us in the comments below!
Angela enjoys exploring the many beautiful and unique natural places in Maine and sharing her outdoor experiences with others.When not out exploring Maine woods, trails, mountains and waterways Angela can be found plotting and planning her next adventure or buying another backpack.(Because you can never have too many).