Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Maine
Scarborough Marsh section of the Eastern Trail. Photo: Tony Barrett
The East Coast Greenway route in Maine passes through an amazing diversity of natural and cultural history along its 381-mile route. From coastal communities and historic mill cities to Down East blueberry barrens and the gateway to the Canadian Maritimes, Greenway travelers will experience some of the best Maine has to offer.
At the Canadian border, travelers begin the journey in Calais. The most northerly portions recently moved onto the 85-mile Down East Sunrise Trail. The route through Maine continues south and west, taking advantage of frequent completed trail segments. At Ellsworth, travelers can select an alternate coastal route or the spine route, which heads through Bangor. The two routes meet up again north of Portland. The route is on trails through Portland, and soon thereafter follows the Eastern Trail, a developing trail that will soon be traffic-free from South Portland to Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
Detailed information on the Greenway in Maine can be accessed here courtesy of the Maine Department of Transportation, a longtime supporter of the East Coast Greenway.
Trail Status and Plans
Maine Partners and Supporters
More information on trails and greenways in Maine
The nearly 400-mile Maine spine route is 34% off-road. It is characterized by major trail projects on the northern and southern ends of the route with several major gap areas in between, interspersed with a smattering of local and multi-town projects. Starting at the Canadian border, travelers will use the Calais Riverwalk before setting out toward the Sunrise Trail, partly completed as former logging roads in Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge. The route from Bangor to Waterville is principally on road, as little potential off-road routing has been identified. The ECG from Waterville to Portland is marked by local trails -- some complete, some under development -- and significant stretches of on-road routing. These trails include the Kennebec River Rail-Trail, Lisbon Trail, Topsham Trail, and Beth Condon Memorial Pathway. Portland can be traversed almost entirely off road, leading travelers to the South Portland Greenbelt. The South Portland Greenbelt is the northernmost part of the Eastern Trail, which is nearly 20% complete on its route to South Berwick. The route from South Berwick to New Hampshire is a 13-mile stretch for which no potential trail routing has been identified.
To learn more about the trail progress and activities in Maine, visit the ME Committee page.
ECG Maps and Cue Sheets
Google maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, and overview maps are also available to help plan your trip and find your way through the route in Maine.
Maine DOT’s Guide to the East Coast Greenway
Eastern Trail Guide
Covers the ECG segments from South Portland to the NH border.
Shore magazine takes you along the East Coast Greenway in Maine, April 16, 2009.
The ECGA is proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Maine. Partners include but are not limited to:
Maine Mile Sponsors
Thank you for your support! Your inscriptions are listed here and in a kiosk on the Androscoggin River Bicycle Path in Brunswick. Find out more about the Mile Sponsor Program.
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