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Welcome to The Eastern Trail in Southern Maine
Southern Maine's Multi-Use Greenway


 

The Eastern Trail is both a trail and a vision. The Eastern Trail has 22 off-road miles from Bug Light (in South Portland) to Kennebunk, 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 vision to create the Eastern Trail started in the early 1990's, led by John Andrews and several others. More on that early history here.

Today, to complete this vision, we are aggressively developing plans and funds to both close a critical 1.6-mile gap between South Portland and Scarborough and then add 19 miles between Kennebunk and South Berwick.

Your support will help us get there.

Be an active part of our effort to build, enjoy, and sustain this wonderful resource.

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The best biking trail in every state

[Eds. Note: The Eastern Trail was selected in this article as the best biking trail in Maine (but of course!)]
If a two-wheeled jaunt through scenic landscapes is your idea of a great time, you probably can't get enough of a good bike trail. They can be a great way to see the sights and get a good workout in.

If you're looking for a new trail to explore, we've got you covered with the best bike trail in each of the 50 states, based on length of the trails, options for beginners and experts, and acclaim from bikers.

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2018 ETA Annual Appeal is live!

ETA members will soon receive our 2018 Annual Appeal in the mail. Our focus this year is on the “Blazing the Trail South” project. Each Annual Appeal donation will be placed toward the $30,000 we need in order to complete the survey for Kennebunk thru Wells to the North Berwick border.

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People on the Trail

 

We continue with our new feature on this site, which we call "People on the Trail."  Our great photographer and trail use photo-journalist, Jim Bucar, has been taking photos for years showing how so many people use and enjoy the trail. 

We are adding new shots to this collection on a regular basis. Keep checking back for new additions!!

Go here to see our "People on the Eastern Trail" images

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Scarborough Marsh Surf & Turf

By Ron Chase | Published October 9, 2018

My favorite part of the Eastern Bike Trail has always been the sector that traverses Scarborough Marsh. The Sokokis Indians of the Abenaki nation who hunted and fished the wetland called it Owascoag, meaning “a place of much grass.” For years, I’ve ridden the trail enjoying the beauty and serenity of the marsh often observing kayakers and canoeists paddling a stream that meanders through the expansive bog near the Pine Point Road Trailhead. Each time, I’ve had a sense of envy wondering what I was missing.

The 3,100 acre estuary is the largest salt marsh in Maine and habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife. Owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, birds abound and numerous species can normally be encountered.

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