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Reminder of Riverside South Trail ATV ban

FORT KENT, Maine — After finding evidence that multiple all terrain vehicles recently accessed the Riverside South Trail in Fort Kent, Public Works Director Tony Theriault issued a public reminder that ATVs are prohibited from this trail.

He also tried to better highlight a sign indicating the prohibition at the mouth of the Riverside South Trail, which people commonly refer to as “the McDonald’s Trail” because it begins behind the fast food restaurant on Main Street.

Theriault recently visited the trail to clear a fallen tree when he discovered multiple ATV tracks, especially looping around the fallen tree. He said the Riverside South Trail is a favorite of many walkers and bicyclists because it prohibits ATVs.

“A lot of people walk that trail for that specific reason. There are quite a few walkers and bikers who use that trail, ” Theriault said. “It’s quiet and peaceful. Too bad it’s not longer.”

The Riverside South Trail connects to the Heritage Trail just west of Market Street. All terrain vehicles are welcome on the Heritage Trail which runs about 16 miles from Fort Kent to St. Francis. Theriault said this may lead to some confusion for those riders unfamiliar with the trails, who may operate ATVs on the Riverside Trail without realizing the machines are prohibited on that trail. To clear up any confusion, he placed bright orange ribbon around a sign at the mouth of the trail which indicates that ATVs are prohibited. To view a map of trails in Fort Kent, visit the Town of Fort Kent official website.

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