Biking at NEOC and In The Katahdin Region
Katahdin Area Trails (KAT) are in the process of building sustainable purpose-built single track mountain bike trails on Hammond Ridge. To date, KAT has built a complete 4.5-mile loop, circling out from and back to the Millinocket Lake trail-head located next to NEOC. The trails are designed by IMBA Trail Solutions, KAT is working from a 2015 design plan created by IMBA TS and updated in 2018 by Steve Kasacek of IMBA TS.
Summer build-out plans include an additional 2-3 miles of trails building from the existing loop and then depending on if KAT is able to successfully raise additional grant funding, additional build-out will be announced. Find a Trail Map Here
KAT held a mechanized trail building school with IMBA this summer and it included trail builders from across the state. In addition a hand-built training with IMBA and the Maine Conservation Corps.
In addition to the network of purpose-built singletrack trails in the works, Hammond Ridge and Black Cat Mountain have a wide network of cross country ski trails and roads that riders can access with a lot of hills so riders will get a workout.
Fat Bikes are available for rent at the NEOC Base and rates are: $15/hour, $40 for a 1/2 day, and $60 for a full day. Call 800-766-7238 for additional information or if you need to book lodging or reserve a bike.
The River Driver's Restaurant is at the Millinocket Lake trailhead at NEOC and they are generally open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week during summer and winter and lunch and dinner other times of the year.
Other Biking Locations That Are A Drive from NEOC and Worth the Visit
Bangor City Forest: A multi-use trail network that typifies northeastern riding - rocky and rooty. There are some access roads that offer decent pedaling, but most singletrack is tight, twisty, rocky, and rooty. About 1 hour drive
The mountain bike trails at the NHC include over 20 miles of hand made and machine made single track. Rich Edwards of IMBA's Trail Solutions designed the majority of the trail system. This is a 2 hour drive from NEOC and well worth the day trip.
The Carrabassett Region Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association (CRNEMBA) and the town of Carrabassett Valley, mountain bike trail development group, has a network of world-class cross-country trails, originating at the base of the mountain and spanning more than 80 miles throughout the valley.
3 Hours drive from NEOC
Katahdin Area Trails (KAT) is a 501c3 charitable organization, founded in February 2014. The Mission of Katahdin Area Trails is to invigorate and revitalize the economy of Maine’s Katahdin region through the development of environmentally and economically sustainable purpose-built recreation trails.
Address: PO Box 669, Millinocket, ME
Email: [email protected]
These facilities provide outdoor education opportunities and contribute to a growing recreational economy, while conserving natural resources and processes for the welfare of generations to come.