The Eastern Trail is a scenic 65 +- mile signed bike route that starts at the Piscataqua River in Kittery (at the New Hampshire border) and ends in South Portland, Maine. It is part of U.S. Bike Route One – go here for a map of the full USBR1 in Maine.
Along this route you will find many treasures: historical landmarks, breathtaking vistas, recreation spots, and great places to eat. Our routes and maps are marked and geo-tagged with various points of interest—allowing users to better plan their bicycle rides and cycling trips.
Today, the Eastern Trail has a growing span of off-road sections. Eighty-five percent (85%) of the trail between Arundel and South Portland is on off-road sections. Off-road sections are not paved – this is a multi-use trail for the use and enjoyment of walkers, cyclists, eqestrians, birders and many others.
While these off road segments are being built and connected, a separate on-road bicycle route has been established.
Our best map is our Eastern Trail Guide, which includes both completed off-road sections and also the on-road trail. The current version of this comprehensive 28-page booklet outlines each segment of our extensive on- and off-road trail network. You can download a copy to view and even print, or you can order a nice color printed and bound booklet (details below).
Important Notice about Bikes on Amtrak (Dec. 2020 update) – The Amtrak Downeaster has expanded its carry-on bike program and is now accepting bicycles from all Downeaster stations in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. More information here from Amtrak and from the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority.
DOWNLOAD A TRAIL GUIDE. The current version of Eastern Trail Guide can be downloaded here (booklet cover image shown to left).
BUY A TRAIL GUIDE. The print version of the same current Guide – in glossy color printed on hard stock with wire binding – can be purchased for $10 plus $3 each shipping and handling. Click here to order. This Guide can also be purchased at a variety of locations in Southern Maine.
Several updated trail section maps have been added:
- Rt. 35 (Kennebunk) to W. Cole Road (Biddeford)
- Thornton Academy (Saco) to the Nonesuch River (Scarborough)
- Saco/Old Orchard Beach
Thanks to Biddeford Savings Bank, 10,000 brochure maps of the Eastern Trail were printed and distributed in 2013. To see PDF files of this brochure, click here for the cover page, or here for the maps page, or click on the images below:
Other Maps of the Eastern Trail
Maine Trail Finder. The Eastern Trail is also now listed on the Maine Trail Finder web site. This impressive and very informative site, which shows most of the pedestrian/biking trails in Maine, shows the Eastern Trail in several sections, including:
Mobile-Optimized Maps: We are have trail maps that use GPX files compatible with 3G mobile phones and Garmin® GPS devices – click here to see that information.