Whistle Stop Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews

Whistle Stop Trail is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Jay, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
597 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

off road driving

rails trails

walking

views

wild flowers

snow

Leaving from Farmington you'll get the sense that it will be a reasonably easy, although fairly long, rail-trail ride. And for the first few miles you'd be correct but be forwarned, although there is no real technical difficulties in completing this 14+ mile ride to Jay, you will run into a few miles of sand that can make this trail challenging on a bike. The trail is easy to follow and is easy to do both snowshoeing and cross country skiing but be aware it is used by snowmobiles. here are places to grab lunch on the way if you please. You can park by the baseball field across from the high school and easily get on the trail. You will have to cross route 4 if you park here. Another option is to park in the Hannaford parking lot and and hit the trail there. T

3 months ago

mountain biking
4 months ago

I have done this trail several times, it is a teally cool trail, it's a multi use rail trail so there is light to moderate ATV traffic but everyone is usually respectful. The trail has some history to it and even has a kiosk along the way with a history lesson and a stone bench! it is worth the ride. There is changing terrain as well, love this trail!

snowshoeing
9 months ago

I have had the opportunity to snowshoe and cross country ski this trail a few different times. I have done with with my three children as well as with my best friend. The trail is easy to follow is easy to do both snowshoeing and cross country skiing but be aware it is used by snowmobiles. Everyone we can across was respectful and slowed down, we also made sure we moved off to the side when we heard the machines. It's a beautiful walk through the winter woods. We parked by the baseball field across from the high school and easily got on the trail. You will have to cross route 4 if you park here. Another option is to park in the Hannaford parking lot and and hit the trail there. We did not complete the entire trail but we did make a day of it. There are places to grab lunch on the way if you please.

mountain biking
Monday, October 01, 2012

I road this trail this spring on a semi-cool day. Leaving from Farmington you'll get the sense that it will be a reasonably easy, although fairly long, rail-trail ride. And for the first few miles you'd be correct but be forwarned, although there is no real technical difficulties in completng this 14+ mile ride to Jay, you will run into a few miles of sand. I do have to say, I was happy I was in pretty good shape, my legs were tired by the end of my return trip. Now, I am a 50+ male riding on a 15 year old mountain bike, so put that into perspective if you ride this trail.

You'll find some nice scenery along the way but nothing breathtaking. I will ride this again next summer, thins time spending more time condition my legs in the gym.