Events on the Eastern Trail – 2020

Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!

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There are many fun events that take place on a regular basis on the Eastern Trail! You can also find additional events on our online ETA Calendar.

Help us develop new activities on the trail:

  • Consider leading an activity on the trail — a walk, a bicycle ride, OR a birding expedition. Please contact us with your idea!
  • Consider hosting an event on the trail that takes advantage of its fine resources. Such events need to fill out a Event Request Application.

Events on this page are organized with Trailwide events first, then specific sections:  So. Portland-Scarborough-OOB-Saco, Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk, and Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, Kittery, North Berwick, Wells.  At times we will also list other interesting Maine, New England region and national trail events here.

Upcoming Trailwide Events:

  • The first Loop and Lunch ride on the trail this year is scheduled for August 22. More information, and on past rides can be found on the Loop and Lunch Rides web page.
  • Maine Lighthouse Experience September 5-12, 2020. Our premier ride event of the year takes a new form this year. You can strut, stride or ride for the Eastern Trail.  More information hereNote: there will be no ETA volunteers or staffed rest stops along the trail or the suggested ride routes during the Sept. 5-12 Maine Lighthouse Experience week.

Upcoming So. Portland-Scarborough-OOB-Saco Section Events:

  • Saturday, August 22 – Lunch and Loop Ride, Saco to South Portland. Meet at the parking lot at the end at the Saco Mill Brook Industrial Park, in Saco) and be prepared to ride by 9:30 am. Route will be along the Eastern Trail to Bug Light. A portion is off road. We will stop for a snack or lunch, at either Scratch Bakery or the new Broadway Sea Dog Brewery Co. (former Easy Day Bowling and Restaurant which has a large outdoor patio,) The route should be approx. 30 to 32 miles. (Or, if you would like to bike fewer miles, you could start at the Eastern Trail Pine Point parking lot, which would be approx. 25 miles or meet at the Eastern Road lot, which would be approx. 20 miles.) Please email Bob LaNigra if you plan to join us, ASAP, or at least by Thursday, August 20. You can also let him know if you will be meeting the group along the trail for a shorter ride.

Upcoming Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk Section Events:

  • No events scheduled at this time.

Upcoming Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, Wells Section Events:

  • No events scheduled at this time.

Here are some exciting group trail events planned for 2020:

  • Maine Lighthouse ExperienceOur Biggest Event takes place September 5-12, 2020. This is our premier trail and fundraising event for the year.
  • Lunch and Loop Rides will be back for 2020, and the first scheduled ride is August 22. More information on our plans, and on past rides can be found on the Loop and Lunch Rides web page. These are intended to acquaint participants with the beauty of the Eastern Trail and increase two-wheeled camaraderie, and usually range from three to five bike rides. To allow riders to enjoy Maine’s seasonal changes, ride organizers Russ Lamer and Bob LaNigra hope to lead them from Spring through Fall.
  • Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!ET Moonlight treks are scheduled throughout the year, often every month -— walking in the summer, snowshoeing and skiing as possible in the winter.

Other Maine, New England Region and National Trail or Related Events:

  • Saturday, June 6, 2020 – National Trails Day – American Hiking Society. American Hiking Society will shift from promoting in-person events to a digital campaign for National Trails Day® , and are hoping to inspire individuals to unite for the protection of trails and access to public lands during this time of social-distancing. More information here.

In addition to the events shown above:

  • Check our separate Events Calendar, which lists all activities that we know about that take place on, or are otherwise related to, the Eastern Trail.
  • Check our page Ideas for Getting Out on the Eastern Trail, which lists great ideas and resources for getting out on the Eastern Trail.
  • Eastern Trail Ambassador Program. Do you enjoy being out on the trail? Meeting people? Learning about the History of the area and sharing what you’ve learned? Perhaps looking for an activity to do with your children, spouse or best buddy? Want to become more involved with the Eastern Trail and your community? Then we invite you to become an Eastern Trail Ambassador! Read more:  Details flyer and Poster.

Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!Click here for a great set of pictures from a past Sunset/Moonrise Walk on the Eastern Trail (pictures taken by ETA volunteer Jim Bucar). Watch the ETA calendar for similar upcoming events.