quarry road recreation area
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Quarry Road, Waterville, ME 04901
A great community resource for XC skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding is the Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville, Maine along the Messalonskee Stream. Nearby to Augusta and only a half mile from downtown Waterville and Colby College, the Quarry Road Rec Area is operated by the Waterville Parks & Recreation Dept. as a year-round recreational facility with 15 km of groomed trails for classic and skate skiing designed by John Morton and 5 km of trails for snowshoers and dog walkers. The Quarry Road area has snowmaking with the most powerful system (500 gallons per minute) in the XC ski industry covering up to 3 km of trails to maintain the ski conditions and ensure on-snow events like the Winter Carnival, Colby Festival and Paintball Biathlon. Xc ski equipment and snowshoes will be available to rent including kids sizes. Ski lessons will be available. Bring your own sled or tube to go down the sledding hill.
There is a flat groomed practice area with a small hill. The River Loop is 4.5 km and North Koons Trails is 2.5 km is an intermediate trail and the South Koons Trail is rated for advanced skiers in difficulty. All of the Quarry Road Rec Area trails are groomed on weekdays in the morning. Some of the trails are on open meadows while others have a wilderness feel. The highest elevation trail has great views with a picnic table at the top on Cal's Way. Click here for Ski conditions.
The Welcome Center Yurt has daily trail ski passes, which can be purchased for $10 for an adult ($5 for Waterville residents); $5 for high school or college students; and $3 for youth aged 11-14. A season pass is $100 ($50 for Waterville residents) for adults; $50 for high school or college students; $25 for youth aged 11-14 (Free for Waterville residents at that age); $200 for a family ($100 for Waterville residents); and $75 for business employees ($40 for Waterville residents). Kids aged 10 or younger kids ski free. Ski-specific trails have colored signs that are green, blue, and red while walking trails are signed in orange. Mountain bikes and fat bikes are welcome only when the trails are hard packed.
There are plans for a future lodge depending on capital campaign donations and information can be found online at the Friends of Quarry Road.
Directions: Take I-95 to Exit 130 at the Waterville Main Street Exit. Take a left on Main Street and go .7 miles to a 4-way intersection. Go right on Eustis Parkway for .6 miles. Go right on North Street for .1 miles. go right on Quarry Road for .5 miles after Health First Federal Credit Union. CCSAA member