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The Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer
Trail covers the portion of the historic Kennebec Central Railroad roadbed
which lies within the town of Randolph. The town owns the right-of way on
this portion of the roadbed and the Old Narrow Gauge Volunteer Trail Committee
is working to upgrade the existing trail to a hiking/biking trail.
Currently the trail covers 1.25 total miles beginning
next to Goggins IGA on Water Street and continues up a ravine for .4 miles before crossing
Windsor Street. It continues on from there in the woods for one mile. It
is in good condition for walking the entire length, although there are two
shallow brook crossings that
you have to be careful on or you'll get wet (step on stones).
You can bicycle along the trail also, although after a heavy rain
some spots can be a little muddy.
It is hoped that this trail can be linked to the Gardiner
terminus of the
Kennebec River Rail Trail
by means of directional signs.
Come take a hike and imagine the whistle of the old
"Volunteer" train as you walk. When you begin your hike, note the large steel
post on which the trail head sign is attached. The steel post is actually a
piece of the old Kennebec Central track.
A picture taken from the book "Two Feet to
Togus" by Robert C. Jones. The photo shows the KC coming from Togus
approaching the Windsor St crossing.