Trail Run Project Logo

North Falmouth Community Forest

Intermediate/Difficult
  5.0 ( 1 ) Favorite

Trail

5.0 mile 8.0 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 515' 157 m
Descent: -514' -157 m
High: 511' 156 m
Low: 340' 104 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)

Dogs

Unknown
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Mari Balow

Weather

Current trail conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Fun trail to run!

Mari Balow

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Wildlife

Overview

Parking is roadside, and the start of the trail is up a moderate incline. The trail is well blazed and easy to follow until you are in the upper sections around mile 2.5 to 3, at which point it's still well blazed, but not as well traveled -- leafy.

These trails are used frequently by mountain bikers, less so by runners, which is a shame, because the running here is good. The first/last mile is almost like a banked race track, and you can really pick up some speed on the downhill finish.

Need to Know

Parking is along Blackstrap Road and is free. Trailhead is marked just off the road, so not super easy to see from the road.

Runner Notes

The footing is semi-technical; some areas are rooty and rocky, but for the most part the footing is good.

Description

This run starts with a modest incline, which takes you up to the ridge of a hill. There is an overlook near the top, which gives a nice view of Hurricane Valley. Continuing on from the overlook, you travel across the top of this hill and then down a really fun switchback on the other side. This takes you to a low, rocky section of the trail which has boards in places for easier navigation.

You head up again from here, passing the entrances to the white Upper Hemlock and Lower Hemlock trails, to the top of another hill where you access the blue trail that is part of the Cross Falmouth Trail. This section of trail is mostly gently-inclined with technical footing. You have the opportunity here to join up with the red Epiphany Trail, which is a fun trail with some switchbacks, but can be done fairly quickly.

From red, you jump back to blue to pick up the Upper Hemlock entrance. This trail is fairly technical, but offers several opportunities for berry picking in the summer months. There is an outlet to a road between the upper and lower parts of the white trail, but if you stay on Lower Hemlock, it will bring you back to blue.

On your way back on blue, take the lower spur, and the front side of the hill you went along on the way out, followed by a fantastic downhill slalom to reward you for that incline start. All in all, a very fun, albeit technical, trail that is very runable.

Flora & Fauna

There are blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, particularly along the white trail. I've seen owls, porcupine, and deer.

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Dogs Allowed, History & Background

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow runners know what's here.

Contacts

Local Club: Runaways Run Club

Land Manager: Falmouth Land Trust

Rate This Featured Run

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#1469

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Featured Run Rankings

#19

in Maine

#1,469

Overall
12 Views Last Month
189 Since Aug 8, 2019
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
0%
100%
0%
0%

Photos

Blue trail.
Aug 21, 2019 near Cumberl…, ME

0 Comments

Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running