Recent Eastern Trail News Flashes


Warning to Cyclists - Soft Trail Surfaces Reported

Soft trail surfaces have been reported in two areas - one in Arundel between mile marker 24.5 and Hidden Meadows Road; also the access slopes at Old Cascade Road, OOB . These soft surfaces can cause riders to lose control. Riders are advised to avoid or walk their bikes through these designated danger areas.


Break Out the Blaze Orange - It's Hunting Season along the Trail

Wear blaze orange on the trail for safetyPlease be aware that hunting is permitted in Maine on many private and public lands — some in close proximity to the Eastern Trail.

During hunting season, please take proper precaution by wearing blaze orange clothing and putting a blaze orange vest on your pet. Also, we suggest you wear a blaze orange hat as well and NOT use a white hat or white bike helmet.

Hunting season in Maine runs primarily from the end of August to mid-December. For a quick reference guide of hunting dates and guidelines, see Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits for 2014.


Video: Eastern Trail in Three Minutes

Check out this cool video - Time-lapse video of a ride on Eastern Trail from Cascade Road in Old Orchard Beach, Maine to the Nonesuch River on the Scarborough/South Portland border.. View it on our Videos page


Maine Lighthouse Ride a great success!!

We had a wonderful Maine Lighthouse Ride this past Saturday, September 6. Over 1000 riders came out the enjoy the trail and to help support the Eastern Trail Alliance. Thanks so much to all the riders, the many volunteers, and also to the trail users who shared the trail that day. will be very busy in many areas. Funds raised by the ride will be used to continue our efforts to build and to promote the Eastern Trail in southern Maine.

Pictures of the 2014 ride can be viewed here - all pictures by Jim Bucar, our fantastic and long-standing volunteer photographer!

Registration for the 2015 ride is now open for online registration. Be sure to register early to get in on 2014 rates and to ensure your place in this ride that has sold out the past two years!


MLR 2014 jersey thumbnailMLR Bike Jerseys for 2014 Can Still be Ordered Online for Home Delivery

We are excited to again offer a Maine Lighthouse Bike Jersey for 2014 - you can see the new jersey design to the right.

Jerseys can be ordered online now - directly from Atayne, which "makes performance outdoor clothing and sports apparel that is safe for people and the planet."

More info on the jerseys and pictures here


Tom's Run on the Eastern TrailParticipants in the USCG "Tom's Run" on the Eastern TrailUSGC "Tom's Run" Memorial Relay on the Eastern Trail

Recently we heard news of this year's running of Tom's Run, a 200 mile relay that memorializes the life of Chief Warrant Officer Tom Brooks, a Coast Guardsman who inspired those around him in his fight against ALS.

We're so pleased that this small, heartfelt memorial event was made easier by the use of the Eastern Trail. Many thanks to these members of the Coast Guard for sharing the following words and photos with us:

See full story and pictures here


Deirdre Fleming: Eastern Trail on the road to further expansion

Great article in the Maine Sunday Telegram/Press Herald.  Key Quote: "Andrews and his band of bicyclists have proven relentless. And this summer they’re not slowing as they fan out across this trail that now covers 20.7 miles to conduct an economic-impact study to help build support to expand the trail to Wells, South Berwick, Eliot and Kittery." - click here to read the article


May 19, 2014 — 10th Anniversary of Groundbreaking for First Eastern Trail Segment

scar marsh anniv 2May 19 marked the tenth anniversary of the groundbreaking ceremony that began construction on the first section of the Eastern Trail. The project was managed under the direction of the 12-town Eastern Trail Management District in partnership with many organizations including the Town of Scarborough.  That section, crossing Scarborough Marsh, soon demonstrated amazing public support for the Eastern Trail.

Could anyone with their groundbreaking shovels in hand have imagined what would be accomplished in the following ten years? 

Congratulations and many thanks to the hundreds, and thousands who believed in and supported the Eastern Trail vision and have worked so hard to continue building the first 21 miles of our off-road trail. Since that historic day, we have truly demonstrated that "if you build it, they will come."

Click here to see some pictures of Eastern Trail leaders and visionaries gathering on the Scarborough Marsh Bridge on May 19 to commemorate the anniversary


Good News for the Community Bicycle Center

Our good friends at the Community Bicycle Center in Biddeford are moving to larger space. Read the good news here.


Saco section of ET dedicated to Mary's Walk

A 2-mile section of the Eastern Trail that runs from Clark Street behind Thornton Academy to the trail kiosk on Route 1 by Hannaford was dedicated by the city of Saco to Mary Kerry Libby, for which the annual Mary’s Walk is named. Picture of plaque here.


Arundel adds parking spots for ET

The town of Arundel will be adding some parking spaces along the Limerick Road portion of the Eastern Trail. Two news articles can be read here


Eastern Trail Full Moon Walks Media Coverage

The latest coverage is entitled "Moonlight walks on Eastern Trail offered by guides" appearing in the 2/2 Journal Tribune - read the full article here


East Coast Greenway Alliance logoEast Coast Greenway Alliance - January 2014 E-Newsletter

The Eastern Trail is an important part of the East Coast Greenway, a developing trail system, spanning nearly 3,000 miles as it winds its way between Canada and Key West, linking all the major cities of the eastern seaboard. The vision of developing this trail system is the East Coast Greenway Alliance - Read their January 2014 Newsletter online here.


The Maine Lighthouse Ride Gets More National Attention!!

Active.com's list of 12 best rides for 2014The MLR was included in a recent list of the 12 best rides of 2014 across the country. The list was put out by Active's Top 12 2014 Rides, the national leader in online event registration for races and cycling events.

"This must-do ride...is sold out every year. The 100-mile century route tours nine lighthouses and includes a quick jaunt through Old Orchard Beach and the quaint village of Kennebunkport, the summer home to George Bush."

Similar national recognition last year helped us attract more riders to come try the MLR. 


Late Fall 2013 ETA Newsletter

The Late Fall 2013 ETA Newsletter is available for online reading - you can view individual articles as well as a full pdf view. Click here to read the newsletter.


Preliminary Eastern Trail Design Presented in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently hosted a presentation on the preliminary design for the section of the ET that would close the gap between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and Wainwright Fields in South Portland. This section of the trail presents significant challenges that are both logistical and financial, as you’ll see. You can see this presentation in two ways: A slide show, and by watching a video from the meeting.

Here are some local news reports on this issue:


Crossing Improvements in Scarborough

The Town of Scarborough recently made improvements to the Eastern Trail crossings on Pine Point and Black Point roads, including the addition of marked crosswalks and flashing warning lights, to assist trail users in crossing. Of course, even with these upgrades, please stop and look both ways before crossing any of the roads along the ET.


Have you seen those Great Pictures of the Sept. 7 Maine Lighthouse Ride?

They are great, capturing the fantastic experience of both riders and volunteers. ETA Volunteer Jim Bucar has a great eye and donates much time to get these great photos. Go here to see the pictures.


Memorial Bridge Grand Opening Ceremony Held Aug 8

membridgeetaA big "Thank you" goes to Tom Littlefield and Judy Haley for participating in the ceremony to represent the Eastern Trail.  Tom rode as part of the ceremony and Judy was the main contact for the Eastern Trail Alliance.

The bridge, connecting Portsmouth, NH and Kittery, ME, is a critical link for the East Coast Greenway, and for those entering the Eastern Trail at its southernmost point.

Several news stories on the Grand Opening ceremony can be found on our News Archive Page.

Memorial Bridge Reopening Panorama shotMEMORIAL BRIDGE PROJECT PAGE - SeaCoastonline.com has a Rebuilding the Memorial Bridge page that provides a complete look at the Memorial Bridge project, including photo galleries, news stories and a timeline of events going back to the 2011 closure of the original 1923 bridge.

Also check out SeaCoastonline's Memorial Bridge Opening 2013 photo gallery

Additional details on the event and the bridge project can be found on the NH/ME DOT web page.


Biddeford Savings Bank donated maps to the Eastern TrailBiddeford Savings Funds Maps to Biking Adventure on the Eastern Trail

Funding from Biddeford Savings is helping thousands of hiking, biking and outdoor enthusiasts enjoy southern Maine’s Eastern Trail.

The bank provided full funding for the printing of 10,000 maps of the Eastern Trail, a 65-mile section of the East Coast Greenway, a transportation-recreation greenway connecting Kittery, in southernmost Maine, to Casco Bay in South Portland. The Eastern Trail has a growing span of off-road sections, as well as scenic on-road trails designed to follow primarily quiet country roads. Experienced bike riders and hikers can enjoy a beautiful journey from South Portland's Bug Light Park on Casco Bay to Kittery on the Piscataqua River.

Read the full story here.


Children with the Saco Parks and Recreation summer camp ride newly donated bicycles on the John R. Andrews Eastern Trail Bridge in Saco Thursday morning.We Did It! - Bikes for Kids celebrates Success with 25 new bicycles, helmets

"And now the kids are riding 25 new bikes on the Eastern Trail" is the way the Saco Bikes for Kids campaign is defining its success in promoting use of the Eastern Trail and healthy lifestyles among youth. View the celebration poster, and read a news article about the feat. Some of the happy children with the Saco Parks and Recreation summer camp ride are shown (in the image to the right) riding their newly donated bicycles on the John R. Andrews Eastern Trail Bridge in Saco.


turtle crossing imageSigns put up to alert Maine motorists to turtle crossings

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Signs are being put up to ask motorists in southern York County to be aware of rare turtles crossing area roads. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Nature Conservancy are marking the turtle crossing areas in Wells, South Berwick and York with hopes of reducing highway deaths of two of the state's rarest species, Blanding's and spotted turtles. Motorists encountering the roadside turtle signs should reduce their speed and be on the lookout for jaywalking turtles. Drivers who see a turtle crossing the road and want to help are asked to safely pull over to the side of the road and, only if it is safe to do so, move the turtle to the side of the road in the direction it was headed.Article from WCSH Channel 6.


You can't get there from here: Eastern Trail connection between South Portland, Scarborough remains elusive, expensive

SCARBOROUGH, May 2, 2013 — If the "Bridge Out" sign is not enough, the drop down to the Nonesuch River from where a bridge used to cross the river is a vivid reminder of the obstacles blocking the off-road linkage of the Eastern Trail to South Portland.

But as a $150,000 study funded by the Maine Department of Transportation progresses, Town Planner Dan Bacon and Eastern Trail Alliance President Bob Hamblen are aware the water crossing may be the easiest part of constructing a 1.5-mile trail section to the Wainwright Field Athletic Complex in South Portland.

Click here to read the full article on TheForecaster.net


MLR on active century listNational Recognition of the Maine Lighthouse Century Ride

Our Maine Lighthouse Ride is getting well-deserved national attention on a website titled "13 Scenic Century Rides." The MLR (slide #10 on the site) is listed as one of 13 rides that "come with scenery you will never forget."  The listing goes on to describe more about the MLR, saying that "Several distances are offered, including a 100-mile trek that passes nine of Maine's iconic lighthouses and ventures into breathtaking coastal areas." This publicity is sure to increase interest in the ride, particularly since this site (Active.com) advertises the ride nationally and registers our MLR riders online. 


Eastern Trail Alliance eyes expansion - Group’s goal is to extend trail south from Kennebunk to Kittery

The Kennebunk Post - The Eastern Trail Alliance and Southern Eastern Trail Alliance have begun to set new plans for expanding into motion.

Optimally, the off-road trail will continue from South Portland through Wells, North and South Berwick and Eliot, all the way down to Kittery. The alliance held an informational meeting Tuesday, March 26 in North Berwick to discuss expansion plans and feel out any opposition.

Formally designed in 1998 to follow the abandoned Eastern Railway, the Eastern Trail was constructed for runners, hikers, bikers and other general outdoor enthusiasts.

Nearly every year since the millennium, new paths have been forged between South Portland and Kennebunk.

Read the full article online here.    Go to Top of this page


3/26 ETA/SETA Informational Meeting in No. Berwick a Major Success

A large and enthusiastic crowd attended this meeting to present and discuss options for moving the Eastern Trail forward in North Berwick. More information about the meeting here. Click here to read a Foster's Online news article published in advance of the meeting (publ. 3/19). Click here to view a video of the meeting. Stay tuned for updates about new trail developments in North Berwick!


kpost1More Great Media Coverage of the ETA Full Moon Walks

Joe Yuhas' ongoing Full Moon Walks are covered nicely in the "Moon Walking" article in the Kennebunk Post online.


More Great Media Coverage of the Eastern Trail

Joe Yuhas, ETA Trustee and leader of many trail activities, was interviewed by a local television station. You can watch it here. Great job, Joe!    Go to Top of this page


New Mile Markers for the Eastern Trail

In December 2012, the Arundel and Kennebunk Public Works Departments combined forces to install 14 mile markers on over 3.5 miles of the Eastern Trail — extending from the Arundel northern boundary to Route 35 in Kennebunk.

Measuring six inches by 12 inches and mounted at eye level, these double-sided signs are stationed at quarter-mile increments along the off-road sections of the trail and they provide trail users with a precise location on the trail. More importantly, geo-coordinates of the mile markers will be recorded in the E911 systems of all fire-rescue and police dispatch centers servicing the Eastern Trail, enabling first responders to identify the precise position of any caller requiring emergency assistance. Recreationalists will also find the mileage markers to be a convenient way of tracking their progress while running, cycling, or walking along the trail. These mile markers were generously donated by Southern Maine Medical Center — a longstanding supporter and a sponsor of many charity and health promoting events conducted on the Eastern Trail.

. Read the full article at Seacoastonline.com.  Go to Top of this page


Image of Eastern Trail FaceBook pageAre you on FaceBook? Read about Gary Allen, marathon runner who used the ET on his run to Washington

Gary Allen recently ran 700 miles from Cadillac Mountain to Washington, D.C., averaging 50 miles a day. We were pleased to learn that along the way, Gary utilized parts of the Eastern Trail Go to ET's Facebook page for Gary's story, events listings and other news - and great comments about the ET!   Go to the page for other news updates - and great comments about the ET!  Recently the ET FaceBook page went over 1,000 fans ("Likes"). Check out the ET FB page hereGo to Top of this page


"Tracks Aplenty on the Eastern Trail" - 12/2/2012 Maine Sunday Telegram Article

An article about the Nov. 27 Moonlight Walk led by John Andrews and Joe Yuhas. Key quote: "The trail is humming with energy and events -- and it's not done growing."

A moonlight hike led by the Eastern Trail Alliance attracts several dozen hikers who quietly move on the pathKENNEBUNK - Since the two major bridges connecting the Eastern Trail went in this year, organized events along the trail have increased twofold.

But to a large extent, the fascination, attraction and use of this off-road, woodland trail has been building steam all along

"The last wintertime moonlit walk we had was last January. That drew 30! We might beat that today," boomed John Andrews, the 75-year-old retired engineer who is a driving force behind this trail being built between South Portland and Kittery.

Read the full article online here   Go to Top of this page


Eastern Trail is Featured in East Coast Greenway Article

The Eastern Trail, as the southernmost portion of the East Coast Greenway in Maine, is featured in a recent Bangor Daily News article entitled  "East Coast Greenway continues to evolve from Kittery to Calais." Read the full article hereGo to Top of this page


Eastern Trail provides a beautiful venue for the running portion of recent successful Triathalon

The inaugural Revolution3 Triathlon in Old Orchard Beach was held August 26, 2013. Revolution3 Triathlon, a group that organizes professional events nationally, put on the race. Lauren Goss of Mount Pleasant, S.C., who won the women’s event had this to say about our favorite Maine greenway: "The Eastern Trail was beautiful. I would love to live here just to run on that.”  The quote appears in a Sun Chronicle articleGo to Top of this page


Eastern Trail listed as one of AAA Magazine's 10 Most Scenic trails for two-wheeling in New England

The Eastern Trail is featured in an article is from the AAA Horizons magazine for Southern New England. It lists the Eastern Trail as one of ten favorite scenic trails in New Englandi. Read the full article hereGo to Top of this page


New York Magazine Travel sectionEastern Trail cited in New York Magazine's Weekend Travel Section (Aug. 2012)

The Eastern Trail is featured in an article titled The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan: Relive Summer Camp in the Kennebunks. It lists the Eastern Trail as a key "to do" - read it here!
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Our archive of more in-depth news articles and reports (running back to the 1990's) can be found here.    You can also search for past articles: