The Fly Rod Crosby Trail will be a 45-mile community trail, built 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.
Two sections, Philips to Madrid and Madrid to Saddleback, have been built, comprising 20 miles of continuous trail. About 9 of the first 20 miles of trail is being built from scratch. The trail links various existing motorized trails, woods roads, and streets and creates some new ones for non-motorized recreation. The motorized trails open to foot/two-legged traffic are called “multi-use or multi-modal” trails.
The Fly Rod Crosby Trail is a recreational gem, honoring the legacy of Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, who played a pivotal role in promoting the Rangeley region during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Not only was she an avid sportswoman, but she also championed bag limits and conservation, contributing to the region’s popularity for hunting and fishing. Now, the Fly Rod Crosby Trail invites users of all interests to embark on an unforgettable journey. Whether you prefer hiking, biking, ATV riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, canoeing, or kayaking, there are sections for everyone along this trail.
The trail weaves through the picturesque communities of the High Peaks Region in the Western Maine Mountains, connecting towns and offering access to backcountry trail systems. As you explore, you’ll be immersed in the captivating cultural and natural history of the area, guided by maps, informative signage, and helpful guides.
Trail maps can also be found in kiosks at the three trailsheads: Phillips Area Community Center (21 Depot Street), Madrid (Star Barn Yoga), and Saddleback Mountain (end of Rock Pond Road).
Access more trail information and directions on Maine Trail Finder. Much of this land is on private property, please review user best practices here.