Our annual festival returns this summer with even more action! July 27 – 28th, the Nordic Heritage Sport Club will proudly host the Nordic Trail Festival, a celebration of community, trails and lifestyle.
Whether you want to tackle the trails for a full day of running or biking, or relax and take part in a variety of events, this weekend should not be missed. Enjoy live music, games for young and old, contests, food , racing and the awesome trails of the Nordic Heritage Center, all with the spectacular backdrop of a Northern Maine summer!
The Nordic Trail Festival is open to all ages and ability levels and spectators are welcome to come and enjoy the event. Volunteers are also needed – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Friday, July 27th Kick-off Party and Quoggy Jo Fundraiser
3:00 PM – Camping Opens 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Registration & Bib Pick-up @ Quoggy Jo Lodge 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Festival Opener Party @ Quoggy Jo Lodge 6:00 PM – Downhill Race @ Quoggy Jo 7:00 PM – “Short” Track World Championships
**Games and activities including large inflatables, face painting, carnival games, kid’s bike decorating and more to keep the whole family entertained throughout the afternoon.
Saturday, July 28th The Nordic Trail Festival!
8:00 AM to 11:30 AM – Bib Pick-up / Registration 10:00 AM – Youth Mountain Bike Race 11:00 AM – Youth Trail Running Race 12:00 PM – Youth Awards 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Festival Games & Activities** 12:15 PM – 6-Hour Race Meeting 12:30 PM – 6-Hour Races Start 6:30 PM – 6-Hour Races End 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM – Live Music at the Lodge 7:30 PM – Awards
Located on the outskirts of Presque Isle, in the heart of Aroostook County, The Nordic Heritage Center is home to northern Maine’s premier singletrack trail system. Over 22 miles of IMBA designed trail winds through beautiful hardwood and evergreen forest. Classic trails such as the West Trail, Tom’s Trail, Chris’s Climb and Vacationland will have you wondering how this place has managed to stay such a secret. There’s something for everyone, and enough riding to keep you smiling for days.
At the Nordic Heritage Center you will also find a stunning Swedish-style lodge that contains a large living room, kitchen, locker rooms, showers and a sauna – all of which are free and open to the public. Just down the road from the venue, the Aroostook River winds lazily towards the Canadian border, and its gentle waters are easily accessible from the trail system.
Come for the festival, stay for some of the best riding in Maine, and find out how incredible summer in Aroostook County can be!
We are pleased to offer camping on-site at the Nordic Heritage Center!
Camping on-site is free for all 6-hour racers and their families.
Upon arriving at NHC you will be directed to check-in with our campsite monitors who will give you your camping pass for the weekend.
Campsites will be located in the field next to the parking lot. Campers will have access to bathrooms near the campsites at all times. Locker rooms and showers are available in the main lodge.
NO CAMPFIRES are permitted on-site during the festival
Please keep in mind that the Nordic Heritage Center is a tobacco free facility.
Pets are allowed at the festival, but for the safety and enjoyment of all, we ask that you keep them on leash and pick up after them.
Please remember the Nordic Heritage Center and the Festival are completely volunteer run. Do your part by taking care of trash and clean-up. Thanks!
We might be called the ‘Nordic Trail Festival’ but that doesn’t mean we stop there! Saturday afternoon during the last hour of racing and late into the evening we’ve got an incredible lineup of talented local and Maine bands. Many thanks to Travis Cyr for helping us put together such an eclectic and fun line-up of music to make this festival one you’ll be remembering and planning on for years!