Highlands Ridge Trails, Bridgton
I mapped more than 9 miles of trails here at this vast Nordic ski trail system, which wraps around the Bridgton Highlands country club. And my map doesn’t even show the full extent of trails. North of my map, there are even more trails—with more to come, possibly, in the future! The trails on the actual golf course were closed when I visited. The groomed tracks in the surrounding forest are protected, shaded, and pretty. A couple additional short trails in the woods were closed for logging.
The most impressive part of this spot is that the whole system is maintained by volunteers, with “well-worn machines and homemade drags.” Donations are appreciated. Because the trails are in the valley, protected from the sun, you can ski pretty late into spring. When we visited in early March of 2019, after a not-great winter for skiing, there were still pretty decent groomed tracks (for Classic skiing, only). The trails are mostly well-marked, with maps at most intersections. Paper maps are available, too, at trailheads.
For the most part, the trails are easy, but there are some long, gradual hills. In general, you’re going to be headed downhill heading northeast (away from the country club and toward Middle Ridge Road).
Directions: The trailhead is off the access road to the Bridgton Highlands Country Club, which is off Highlands Ridge Road. You will find one of the main trailheads next to the tennis courts.