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Many articles about the Eastern Trail are organized on this news archives page.  The most recent articles appear immediately below, with the first part of each article displayed. Click on any article title, or the "Read More.." link to read the full text of that article. A list of additional article titles appears at the bottom of the page.



Town leads effort to raise $1 million to complete trail

The Town of Scarborough is working with the Eastern Trail Alliance and Bicycle Coalition of Maine to complete a 1.6-mile section of off-road trail in Scarborough.

It is the only remaining off-road gap between downtown Saco and Bug Light in South Portland. The funds will be used to build two bridges – one over the Nonesuch River near Eastern Road and the other over the Pan Am Railways tracks near Pleasant Hill Road. Riders, runners and bike commuters will be able to access 16 contiguous offroad miles once complete. The “Close the Gap” campaign has already raised $2.8 million toward the goal of $3.8 million.


Final push for trail bridges funds

The Eastern Trail Alliance needs to raise $1 million by the end of the year to fund a new bridge crossing over the Nonesuch River in Scarborough. ​

Kate Irish Collins, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - May 19, 2016

The final push is on to raise the remaining $1 million needed by the end of the year to build two new bridges on the Eastern Trail that would close a 1.6-mile gap between Scarborough and South Portland.

Construction of the bridges, one over the Nonesuch River and one over the Pan Am railroad tracks near Pleasant Hill Road, has been a goal of the Eastern Trail Alliance, which maintains and operates the trail, for more than a decade, according to Carole Brush.


Is this the year for Eastern Trail link?

By Michael Kelley Staff Writer

With Army Corps of Engineers and Maine Department of Environmental Protection approval in hand, it’s a “critical year” for a long-term project to connect the Eastern Trail between the Nonesuch River in Scarborough and the Wainwright Farm Recreation Complex in South Portland.

So says Scarborough Town Planner Dan Bacon.


Push to complete Eastern Trail in Scarborough

[News Flash - The ETA is leading a major fundraising campaign aimed at the critical "missing trail link" addressed in this article. Go here to learn more]

WGME-TV (Channmel 13), May 6, 2016

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) -- There's a push to "close the gap," at one of Maine's most popular foot and biking trails.


Art imitates life with new trail installation at Scarborough Marsh

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2015 11:38 am - By  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Images of snowy egrets, glossy ibis and great blue herons, along with other marsh animals, now grace a new art installation along the Scarborough Marsh section of the Eastern Trail.

The new informational sign, which was created by local artist Jada Fitch, teaches trail users about the various marsh animals, as well as offering a bit of information about the marsh itself, including its historic Native American name – Owascoag, or Land of Many Grasses.


Leg Work: Press candidates to foster pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly towns and cities

And as the days grow shorter, remember to make yourself visible in the dark if you're walking or biking.

By SHOSHANA HOOSE - Posted October 25

[Ed. note: Be sure to read this entire article - the Eastern Trail is specifically mentioned near the end]

You can do two things in the next week and a half to improve bicycling and walking in Maine.

First, vote for the $85 million state transportation bond on the November ballot. A small portion of that money will pay for bicycle and pedestrian improvements. Read on to learn details.

Second, ask those running for office in your city or town where they stand on bicycling and walking issues. For example:


Discover Maine’s Eastern Trail

By Cathy Genthner - Published in Activity Maine - Connecting You to the Best Maine Adventures since 1984.

The 65-mile long Eastern Trail extends from the Piscataqua River in Kittery to Bug Light in South Portland on Casco Bay and includes eight lighthouses along the way. The Eastern Trail (ET) is part of the 3,000 mile long East Coast Greenway that stretches from Key West, Florida to Calais, Maine. It is open to all kinds of recreational use, such as biking, hiking, bird watching, photography and even fishing along some spots. It consists of urban, remote, and suburban sections winding through the woods, along rivers and marshes, as well through towns and cities. However, less than three miles of the trail takes you on urban streets.


Enjoy the Foliage!

Opinion - - A service of - Posted Oct. 14, 2015

A review of great places to go and things to do to enjoy the colorful fall foliage in southern Maine, including on and around the Eastern Trail!

Ah, October. That time of year is finally here again. Time to take in the bold and beautiful colors of fall. There’s plenty to do in our area during the fall season, but if you’re looking for a relaxing, leisurely adventure, take a drive and enjoy the foliage.


Team In Training - Iowa Chapter LLS with 60 riders in the Maine Lighthouse Ride

This year's Maine Lighthouse Ride will feature some very special guests. More than 60 riders from Team In Training - Iowa Chapter LLS, benefitting the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, will join us this coming Saturday. Notice their custom team jerseys!


Audio tours provide historic view of tri-city area

By LIZ GOTTHELF, Staff WriterA new local initiative, Treetops & Rooftops GIS, is bringing on demand tours of local points of interest.

Treetops & Rooftops, an initiative of Saco Bay Center for Civic Engagement and created by volunteers, has developed a pilot program with three audio tours – historical tours of Pepperell Park in Saco and The Pier in Old Orchard Beach and an audio drama that takes place at a segment of the Eastern Trail in Biddeford behind Southern Maine Health Care.


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