QUARRY ROAD RECREATION AREA
The Nordic ski trails at Quarry Road Recreation Area are operated in partnership with the City of Waterville and offer all levels of cross-country skiing at its best, close to downtown Waterville and the nearby capital of Augusta. The beginner cross-country skier can start at the first parking lot with a flat groomed practise area to warm up and try out Nordic-skiing skills on a very small hill. The beautiful River Loop has several short up-and-down transitions as the cross-country skier enjoys views of Messalonskee Stream. A second parking lot is also available to start your cross-country-skiing adventure. The warm-up area is home to the many games played on skis for the children in the Central Maine Ski Club, which offers a popular after-school Nordic-skiing program in the area.
Forty kilometres of trails meander across the open fields and sheltered forests of the 500-acre dairy and vegetable farm. Trails range from gentle beginners' loops to rolling terrain for more advanced skiers. Thirty kilometres are groomed with wide skating lanes and 35 kilometres are track-set.
The lodge houses a common room with woodstove, retail and rental shop, restrooms and kitchen area. Hotdogs, snacks and hot drinks are for sale on the weekends. Or bring your own snacks and lunches to eat in the large sunroom while warming up after a day of skiing. And remember, Harris Farm chocolate milk is the best sport-recovery drink.