Swan’s (Perch Pond)

Credit: Ivan Schwendt

Credit: Ivan Schwendt

Description

The The Rick Swan Trail System at the Perch Pond Woodlot is located off the Kirkland Road in Old Town and offers the newest riding opportunity in the greater Bangor area. Several miles of new single track trails were cleared this past summer and fall and work will continue throughout the year.

This 850-acre parcel, which borders the undeveloped Perch Pond (formerly Mud Pond) in Old Town, came under ownership of the University of Maine in 2010. In the spring of 2012, local mountain bikers were invited to help develop a sustainable multi-user trail system under the direction of university forester Al Kimball, the Forest Society of Maine, and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife of the the State of Maine. Since then over eight miles of single track trails have been cleared.

The trail system at Swan’s was designed to provide drier riding conditions during the wet seasons, better user access to Perch Pond, and challenging New England style technical riding. All new trails were designed and built by mountain bikers and are open to to all users. The single track trails range from a half mile to 2 miles or more in length and will challenge both intermediate and expert riders. Users may spot moose, deer, porcupine, and other OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwildlife while riding. An abundant supply of wild blackberries will provide a sweet snack for late summer riders and post ride beverages can be found in the nearby college town of Orono. Those who like the excitement of exploring a new trail system, and seeing the trails evolve, should visit in the early summer. By late summer, trails such as “Hundred Acre Wood,” “Long Way Home,” and “Twitch” will have become classics! When the Perch Pond crew of Penobscot Region is not riding trails, they will be flagging additional trails, working with the university on building key bridges, helping with signage, and developing user friendly maps of the area.
–Deb Merrill

Swan’s Trail Map

Directions to North Trail Parking Lot on Kirkland Road:

From Points South:
Take I-95 South to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town
Keep right at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave.
Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd.
Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd.
Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 4.4 miles
Look for gravel parking lot on the left

From Points North:
Take I-95 North to exit 193 for Stillwater Ave toward Stillwater/Old Town
Keep left at the fork, follow signs for US 2 and merge onto Stillwater Ave
Continue 0.4 mi to intersection with Bennoch Rd.
Turn left onto Bennoch Rd and continue 0.6 mi to Kirkland Rd.
Turn left onto Kirkland Rd and continue 4.4 miles
Look for gravel parking lot on the left
There is also limited parking at the Spruce Trail and Bo’s Run trail head on Kirkland Road.
This is located at Gate 1, approximately .4 miles north of the North Trail parking lot.