Our 19th Annual Festival

Our annual festival returns this summer with even more action!
July 26 – 28th, the Nordic Heritage Outdoor Center will proudly host the Nordic Trail Festival, a celebration of community, trails and lifestyle.

Whether you want to tackle the trails for a day of hiking, 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 info@nordicfattire.com for more information.


Friday, July 26th Kick-off Party

3:00 PM – Camping Opens
3:00 PM to 7:00 PM – Registration & Bib Pick-up @ Nordic Heritage Center Lodge
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Festival Opener Party @ Nordic Heritage Center Lodge
6:00 PM – Downhill Race @ Nordic Heritage Center
7:00 PM – “Short” Track World Championships

Saturday, July 27th The Nordic Trail Festival!

8:30 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
3:00 PM to 11:00 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 Outdoor 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.

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At the Nordic Heritage Outdoor 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 Outdoor Center!

  • Camping on-site is $20 for all 6-hour racers and their families.

  • Upon arriving at NHOC 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

  • Pets are allowed at the festival, but for the safety and enjoyment of all, we ask that you keep them on leash, out of the buildings and pick up after them.  Pets are only allowed on Pet loop trails.

Please remember the Nordic Heritage Outdoor Center and the Festival are completely volunteer run. Do your part by taking care of trash and clean-up. Thanks!

Live Music

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 Andrea Gregg 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!

Music Lineup!