Hike This Abandoned Railroad Bed For Beautiful Coastal Views
Looking for a fun, easy hike, with amazing views? We found one that you have to see for yourself.
The Old Pond Railway Trail in Hancock is a 3 mile hike that features some beautiful coastal views. The railroad bed was part of the Maine Shoreline Railway. At the East Entrance of the trail, old rails can still be seen. The railroad was abandoned in 1985.
How To Get There:
Eastern access to the trail head is off Route 1 in Hancock.
- Turn onto the Point road.
- The trail head is directly across from the Hancock Town Hall, 0.1 miles down the road.
Western trail head access is off Old Route One in Hancock.
- From US Route 1, turn onto Old Route One.
- Drive 0.4 miles to the trail head on the right.
If you're eager for those scenic water views, use the eastern trail head. From there it's a short hike to Eagle Scout Bridge and Old Pond. This section of trail is flat and easy to navigate. Just watch your step on the old railroad ties.
The western portion also features flat trail sections, but does eventually leave the railroad bed. After that, the hike gets a little more challenging with exposed tree roots, stream crossings, and narrow foot bridges over wet trail sections.
There is no fee to enjoy the trail system.
Keep this trail beautiful by carrying out any trash.
Obviously this section of railroad is out of service. Never trespass on active railroad tracks.