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The Best Bike Paths on the East Coast Greenway

By Marc Chalufour
AMC Outdoors, September/October 2015

The ambitious effort to create the East Coast Greenway (ECG)—an uninterrupted network of bike paths, some preexisting and some newly constructed, from Calais, Maine, to Key West, Fla.—began in 1991. Today, the off-road portion is nearly one-third complete, with designated roads connecting the dots. These eight segments highlight the best of the ECG in AMC’s region, from urban bike paths to rural rail-trails.

1. EASTERN TRAIL
South Portland, Maine
The Eastern Trail will eventually connect South Portland with Portsmouth, N.H., via 65 miles of bike path. About a third of the project is now complete, including a dedicated bridge in Biddeford that crosses over the Maine Turnpike and the Eastern Trail’s northernmost section, in South Portland. To ride the latter stretch, begin at Bug Light, which overlooks Portland Harbor at the mouth of the Fore River, and pedal west. The trail skirts the river and, after a brief on-road connection, continues on to the Wainwright Athletic Complex.
DISTANCE: 10.8 miles round trip
INFO: AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast (AMC Books); easterntrail.org

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