The trail network at Skyline Farm traces it roots to the time when numerous bridle paths meandered through the area's fields and woods. Many of these were used by the horseback riders learning to ride at Skyline Farm while Abby and Carl Semmes ran a riding school at the farm in the 1950's and 1960's. The current trail network was designed by John Morton of Thetford, VT. John is a former Olympic Nordic Skier and has designed multi-use trails all over the world. In Maine, some of the other trail networks designed by Mr. Morton include those at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland, Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, the Libby Hill Forest in Gray and the Nordic Ski/Biathlon facilities in the Limestone, Maine area.
The trails at Skyline Farm are open to non-motorized uses year round. A 2 mile loop has been largely completed and is marked. It passes across the highest hill of the farm's hayfields before plunging into the woods where it crosses a tributary of Toddy Brook and passes through mixed growth groves of trees. One of the stream crossings includes a timber framed king truss bridge build as part of an Eagle Scout project. Primary access to the trails is from the Skyline Farm parking area on The Lane, though secondary access may be gained from a trailhead along Sweetser Road. Click on trail map image on right for full size map.
While enjoying the trails at Skyline Farm, there are other opportunities nearby for walkers, cross country skiers and snow shoers. Across from the Sweetser Road trailhead is a substantial area of land owned by the Yarmouth/North Yarmouth Water District. There are many informal trails through the property as well as limited access dirt roads. The town of North Yarmouth also has trails at its Town Forest near the corner of Sweetser Road and Route 9, behind the North Yarmouth Community Center and at Old Town House Park further north up Route 9 from Skyline Farm.
The trails at Skyline Farm have been largely built by volunteers. If you or your group are interested in participating in one of our work days or wish to take on some trail work as part of a group project please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are also interested in finding some economical trail grooming equipment that could be used to keep the trails in shape for skiing each winter.