Posted on January 10, 2021 and last updated on May 19, 2022

Sanford-Springvale Rail Trail


  • Preserve Size: NA
  • Trail Mileage: 6 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: towns, woods, wetland, fields

(Rail trail marked in blue on map.)

Sanford has converted six miles of a former railroad track that cuts through town into a pedestrian path (snowmobiles and ATVs are allowed, too). I found the nicest section to be on the west end, close to McKeon Reserve. You pass a wetland area here, and cross a cute bridge.

There are intersecting snowmobile/multi-use trails all over the place — I walked just a couple of them! You can definitely explore for miles if you wish. Additionally, you can do a loop around Deering Pond in the Hall Environmental Reserve (in orange on map). I highly recommend this nature walk.

The rail trail also links up with the beautiful 550-acre Sanford Community Forest (in red on map) and the McKeon Preserve (in green).

Directions: The largest parking area for the Rail Trail is at the trailhead off Hanson Ridge Road. There is a tiny parking area (for one or two cars) on Oak Street as well.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!