Knowing where to mountain bike shouldn’t be a secret.
That’s the philosophy behind a newly produced set of mountain biking trail maps, which highlight the MTB-approved tails around southern Maine. The maps were created by Wendy Clark – who’s both an avid mountain biker and a graphic designer – for one reason: to share the trails with anyone who wants to ride them.
The 12 maps cover the towns of Bath, Gray, Falmouth, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook, Windham, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, and Gorham, and trails are color-coded by their level (beginner, novice, intermediate, and advance).
New riders can find beginner-friendly trails and experienced bikers can learn about new-to-them trails in areas where the don’t normally ride (and know which trails are really approved for mountain biking). Each map shows approved trails, area landmarks, parking, and favorite “post-ride spots,” like breweries, pubs, and restaurants.
Even cooler, the maps are FREE.
They’re currently available at a handful of bike shops and breweries, with more locations to come in the next month (see the list below and check wendingmaps.com for updates).
And while we’re all used to relying on apps to help us navigate these days, Wendy says these old-school maps are sweet because they don’t require cell service or a cell phone whatsoever.
So pick up a few – or all of them. Did I mention they’re free? Because, as Wendy notes, “respectful use of approved trails should be available to anyone who wants to have fun riding bikes in the woods.”
The maps will be available at additional locations in June. For now, find them at these locations:
65 Cove St, Portland
L.L.Bean Bike, Boat & Ski Store
57 Main St, Freeport
774 Center Street, Auburn
Gorham Bike & Ski
693 Congress Street, Portland
88 Union Street, Brunswick
247 Main Street, Saco
65 Portland Road, Kennebunk
Sebago Brewing Co. Brewery & Tasting Room
616 Main St, Gorham
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
34 Preble St, Portland
Oxbow Blending & Bottling
49 Washington Ave, Portland