Best Birches Trails Cross Country Skiing

The MOST popular XC Ski in Maine.

  Moosehead Lake, Maine, US


  August 10, 2016

Located in northern Maine near Rockwood, the Birches Resort maintains 25 miles of backcountry trails around and on Moosehead Lake.

To reach the cross-country skiing trailhead from Boston, MA & Points South and West:

Take I-95 North to Newport, ME exit 157 (formerly Exit 39). Turn left at the end of the exit ramp and take Route 7 North from Newport to Dexter (14 miles). Take Route 23 North & West from Dexter to Guilford (11 miles) and you will see signs to the Moosehead Lake Region. At the "5 corners" in Guilford, take a hard right. The Davis Furniture Store is on the right and the Mobil Station is on the left of the road you are to go on. Take Route 6/15 from Guilford to Greenville (26 miles). Make a left at the flashing light in Greenville and it is another 22 miles to Rockwood on Route 6/15. See below for directions to the Birches Resort once you arrive in Rockwood.

Once you arrive in Rockwood, do not go into Rockwood Village. Proceed on Route 6/15. You will see the Moose River on the right (or left if youre coming from Jackman). You will pass 2 general stores on the right and then come to a two-lane bridge on the right. Cross the bridge and take a right at the T intersection. Then take the paved road which turns to dirt, following the signs to the Birches Resort. It is approximately ¾ miles on the first road and another mile on the next. It takes five minutes to get to the lodge once you cross the bridge.

Overall, Birches Trails is the 1st most popular cross country ski area of all 13 Nordic ski destinations in Maine.

Local Contacts:  Moosehead Tourism (207) 695-2702; Maine Tourism (800) 533-9595.

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Base Camp:  Birches Resort (800) 825-WILD

Luxury Loding:  Evergreen Lodge (207) 695-3241; Blair Hill Inn

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  45.70064, -69.78701

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  8/10/2016

ID:  7244

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