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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Latest News

We're looking to hire an Office Manager

Are you interested in a part-time position with flexible hours supporting the mission of the Eastern Trail Alliance to continue its vision of a 100% off road recreation/transportation greenway in southern Maine?

The Office Manager is responsible for assuring the operations of the Eastern Trail Alliance function smoothly. She/he reports to the ETA Director and works together with the board and staff to add more off road miles to this wonderful resource.



We're looking to hire a MLR Event Coordinator

Do you have Event Planning and Management experience? Do you want to lead the planning for one of the premier rides and fund-raising events in Maine?

The Event Coordinator will be responsible for all aspects of design and implementation of the MLR in conjunction with the MLR Committee, including but not limited to recruitment, coordination and supervision of volunteers, management of budget and fundraising, close monitoring of registration, coordination of public relations, and other duties as assigned.


Blaze Orange - A Sure Sign of Fall in Maine

Fall is rapidly approaching - Please be aware that hunting is permitted in Maine on many private and public lands — some in close proximity to the Eastern Trail and other local trails.

During the weeks ahead, 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.


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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