The Eastern Trail - Southern Maine's Multi-Use Greenway

Some thoughts about winter activities on the ET:

Each year around this time we are contacted by trail users who ask snowshoers, walkers, and winter cyclists to avoid the ski trail that skiers work very hard to develop and maintain along one side of the trail. These tracks take a lot of work to set, and really makes it much nicer for skiers. They respectfully are asking snowshoers and cyclists to use the center of the trail where others have gone before them.

Second, a quick word about snow and snow plowing on the ET. In order for Unitil to ensure that they have proper access to their substations along the trail, they may need to plow in some areas (for example, a short section behind Southern Maine Medical Center). There should still be adequate snow along much of the trail for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. We do not groom the trail for skiers, but some hardy souls get out and create their own tracks soon after snowstorms. Enjoy!

Finally, snowmobiles are not allowed on the ET. If you see sleds on the trail, you can report it to your local law enforcement agency

New Eastern Trail bridge over the Maine Turnpike, opened 2011ET Bridge over the Maine TurnpikeThe Eastern Trail is a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway, a transportation-recreation greenway connecting Kittery, in southernmost Maine, to Casco Bay in South Portland!  

Eastern Trail route signET Route SignThe Eastern Trail is both a trail and a vision. The Eastern Trail has a growing span of off-road sections, as well as a scenic on-road route that mostly follows quiet country roads. Experienced bike riders and hikers can enjoy a beautiful journey from South Portland's Bug Light Park on Casco Bay (near Portland) to Kittery's Piscataqua River.

"The trail is humming with energy and events on its newly connected sections, but it's not done growing." Maine Sunday Telegram, Dec. 2, 2012

We invite you to become an active part of our effort to build, enjoy, and sustain this wonderful resource.  This website will help you connect to current events, development activities, and other means of engaging with this trail and vision.

John Andrews and son in front of ET's John R. Andrews bridge in SacoJohn R. Andrews, ETA founder and son John of California at ET's John R. Andrews bridge in Saco, dedicated May 2012If you are new to us and to this site, the following links are a great place to start:

Also check out events that are happening on the trail, and then read the news both current and past. Also, please sign up for our mailing list so you can keep up with all the events and activities related to the trail.

ET Sign US Bike Route1US Bike Route 1 on the Eastern TrailThe Eastern Trail is the Southern Maine section of the East Coast Greenway, a large network of trails that will connect Calais, Maine with Key West, Florida.

The Eastern Trail Alliance is the focused effort to vision, build, promote and use the trail.  It includes many supporters from all over (but particularly southern Maine), hikers, bikers, X-country skiers, birders, and other outdoor enthusiasts, dedicated to creating, enjoying and maintaining the Eastern Trail.

ET Map GuideET Map GuideEastern Trail Guide

This comprehensive 28-page spiral-bound booklet outlines each segment of our extensive on- and off-road trail network, providing detailed trail descriptions and maps in crisp vibrant color.

The Guide is available in several ways. One immediate way to get it is as a FREE download in a convenient, printable format (pdf).

A printed hard copy of the Trail Guide (8.5 inches by 5 inches) can be purchased from the Eastern Trail Alliance for $10 plus $3 shipping and handling. Click here to Order.

You may also buy the Trail Guide at a number of locations in southern Maine.  Click here for a list of current locations.

flickr photosharing logoClick here to view many photographs of the Eastern Trail