Quarry Road is a year-round outdoor recreation destination for people of all ages, abilities and walks of life from the greater Waterville area, across Maine and beyond.
The area offers 10.4 km (6.5 miles) of world-class groomed Nordic ski trails, and additional miles of backcountry snowshoe and hiking trails. Our state-of-the-art snowmaking system ensures an early start to the ski season and reliable snow conditions all winter.
Quarry Road Recreation Area is owned and operated by the City of Waterville Department of Parks & Recreation.
Friends of Quarry Road, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, works collaboratively with the City to provide guidance, raise capital, and assist in operations, upkeep, and oversight. Please join us.
Current Trail Conditions
As we settle into summer, the new growth has slowed and we're starting to catch up on mowing and regular trail maintenance. Conditions are currently good in most areas for walking, running, and biking.
Please join us on Wednesday, July 12, to help chart the future of Quarry Road Trails. Friends of Quarry Road is developing a new master plan for the area, and your input is crucial. Stop by at any point between 4 and 7 p.m. on July 12 to share your thoughts with the planners and help shape the plan. Click here for more information.
All trails are open, including more than a mile of new singletrack leading to the summit of the old Colby Ski Area. The trail starts behind the wax shed, just across the road from the yurt, and winds its way up the slopes of the old ski hill, crossing several former trails, lift lines, and even a former ski jump. These new trails were purpose-built for mountain biking but also make for excellent hiking and trail running. Thanks to our friends at Central Maine NEMBA and the Maine Conservation Corps for designing and building this great addition to our trail network.
Also worth exploring are several new sections of trail that were completed late last year:
1) The Susan Childs Boat Launch: a carry-in boat launch and dock, located just behind the maintenance building.
2) The Hawthorn Trail, a footpath though the lowlands along Messalonskee Stream between the boat launch and the Far Meadow.
3) Two miles of purpose-built mountain bike singletrack within the North Koons Loop. Currently the best access point is near the warming hut at the start of the North Koons loop. This encroaching berry bushes have recently been trimmed back.
4) Wally's Way, a 1-mile loop extending off the far end of North Koons. It was a big hit with skiers this winter, and also makes a good backcountry hike/bike experience.
Friends of Quarry Road thanks our 2017 gold sponsors for making this season possible: