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.

Riding the trails in Gorham. Shannon Bryan photo

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.

Mountain Biking Trail Maps on the counter at CycleMania in Portland. Shannon Bryan photo
Each map shows trails, area landmarks, parking, and favorite “post-ride spots,” like breweries, pubs, and restaurants.
Trails are color-coded to indicate level, from beginner to advanced.

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 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.”

Riding the trails in Gorham (map No. 4). Shannon Bryan photo

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

Evergreen Subaru
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

For more info: and

A few of the maps. They’re freeeeee. Shannon Bryan photo