Fly Rod Crosby Trail

Song written by Bud Godsoe and performed by the ‘Sandy River Ramblers.’ Film edited by Susan Mathias.
‘Fly Rod’ Crosby – Depicted by Paula Roy  *  Sport 1 – Nathan Wilkins * Sport 2 – Ben Godsoe


The Fly Rod Crosby Trail will be a 45-mile community trail, Fly-Rod-Crosby-bwj1built and maintained by local volunteers to give trail users a unique look at the historic, natural and cultural landscape of
Maine’s High Peaks region, as told to them by Maine’s first registered guide and local hero: Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby. The goal of the trail is to help residents and visitors take an active interest in preserving the unique character of High Peaks communities and natural resources.

Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby lived in Phillips, is buried in Strong, plied her trade in the Rangeley region and helped construct a chapel in the town of Oquossoc. She was the first person to market this part of the Maine Woods for 19th & early 20th century tourists. Fly Rod was not only an avid sportswoman but also an early proponent of bag limits and conservation of the resources that made the Rangeley Lakes Region a destination for hunting and fishing.

Fly Rod with Theodore Roosevelt and “Sports”

There will be something for everyone along the Fly Rod Crosby Trail, with sections to hike, bike, ATV, snowmobile, snowshoe, canoe and kayak.

The trail is anchored in the communities of the High Peaks Region of the Western Maine Mountains. Users will go from town to town, using backcountry trail systems, learning about the unique cultural and natural history of the region through maps, signage, and guides.

Come experience what Maine’s High Peaks have to offer on the Fly Rod Crosby Trail!

Thanks to all our volunteers for making the 2015 trail building season such a success! We would like to thank State Forester, Patty Cormier, for joining us during our June guided hike.

For information about upcoming volunteer days, please visit the Volunteer Information page. To download trail maps, please visit Phillips to Saddleback. You can also check us out on Maine Trail Finder. Always remember to be safe on the trail; please review our safety information before planning your trip.


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