Trail Events

Events on the Eastern Trail - 2017

Happy people enjoying the Eastern Trail!

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.

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

  • snowyegretMonday, May 29th - Snowy Egret 5K Race/Walk, 9AM (Kids Fun Run 8:30 am) on the Scarborough Marsh. 5K Run begins at the Nature Center on Route 9 at the end of Peterson Field. 1K Fun Run for kids starts at the Pine Point end of the Eastern Trail.  Details and Registration online hereGo here to view flyer and registration form.
  • Saturday, June 3rd - National Trails Day Event sponsored by the Town & Country Federal Credit Union, 12 noon - 3 pm, 32 LITTLE DOLPHIN DRIVE SCARBOROUGH. Town & Country Federal Credit Union invites you to celebrate National Trails Day while spending time on the beautiful Eastern Trail. Whether you frequently enjoy the Eastern Trail to bike, jog, walk the dog, or will experience it for the first time, this event will offer something for every outdoor enthusiast. This family-friendly event is free and open to all. Local vendors including The Eastern Trail Alliance, Fleet Feet Sports and Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland will be on hand to share information about the many ways to use the trail. There will be a free shuttle from the Town & Country Operations Center to the Portland Farms Road trailhead for bikers, runners or walkers to explore the trail. Visitors will also have a chance to learn more about the Eastern Trail Alliance and its Close the Gap project. Plus, there will be food, games, prizes and more.  Facebook event page here.   Event poster here.
  • Friday June 9 ET Full Moon Walk, 8-9:30 pm Scarborough - Eastern Trail Parking lot - Scarborough Marsh (map). Join our Eastern Trail Director, Carole Brush, to watch the moon rise over the marsh, look for animals, learn about the trail, enjoy conversation and walk in the light of the full moon.  Leave your devices behind and enjoy the peace of the trail.  FMI please call 207-284-9260. Read about the Full Moons here.
  • Saturday, June 10th - First 2017 Loop and Lunch Ride, Saco to South Portland and back.  Check-in at 9 am; start 9:30 am sharp. We will meet at Thornton Academy (Clark Street) in Saco and ride to Bug Light in South Portland on the ET, then up to Scratch Baking Co for lunch, and then back to Saco.  Fun loop and lunch. More info on Loop and Lunch Rides here.
  • Sunday July 9 ET Full Moon Walk, 8-9:30 pm Scarborough - Eastern Trail Parking lot - Scarborough Marsh (map). Join our Eastern Trail Director, Carole Brush, to watch the moon rise over the marsh, look for animals, learn about the trail, enjoy conversation and walk in the light of the full moon.  Leave your devices behind and enjoy the peace of the trail.  FMI please call 207-284-9260. Read about the Full Moons here.
  • Sunday, July 23rd - Tri For a Cure, South Portland, 12 Noon. Trail course for running and biking is in part is on the Eastern Trail (both on and off-road routes). More information and registration links here.

Upcoming Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk Section Events:

  • Friday June 9 ET Full Moon Walk, 7 pm Biddeford - Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive (map). These walks meet at the rear of the Southern Maine Health Care parking lot. Leave your electronics behind for a while and join us for a walk under the moon. No flashlights or pets please. Read about the Full Moons here.
  • Sunday July 9 ET Full Moon Walk, 8 pm Biddeford - Southern Maine Health Care, 1 Medical Center Drive (map). These walks meet at the rear of the Southern Maine Health Care parking lot. Leave your electronics behind for a while and join us for a walk under the moon. No flashlights or pets please. Read about the Full Moons here.
  • Saturday October 14 - 3rd annual AppleCycle ride, Alfred - Orchard hop to raise money for the Community Bicycle Center’s free after school programs for kids. Leaving from Shaker Hill in Alfred, cyclists will enjoy peak season foliage by pedaling on one of four carefully crafted bike tours to participating apple orchards. More information and registration here.

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 2017:

  • Maine Lighthouse Ride — Our Biggest Event takes place September 9, 2017. This is our premier event for the year, and once again is expected to reach its limit of 1200 registered riders! Four great ride options:
    • Century  (100-mile) 7:30 am (See all 9 lighthouses.)
    • 62-mile   (metric century) 8:15 am (8 lighthouses visible)
    • 40-mile   9:00 am (8 lighthouses visible)
    • 25-mile   9:45 am (7 lighthouses visible)
  • Lunch and Loop Rides. To acquaint participants with the beauty of the Eastern Trail and increase twowheeled camaraderie, the Eastern Trail Alliance will sponsor from three to five bike rides. To allow riders to enjoy Maine’s seasonal changes, ride organizer Russ Lamer will lead them from Spring through Fall. More information here.
  • 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. Read about the Full Moons here.

Other Maine, New England Region and National Trail Events:

  • Sunday, April 23rd - Great Maine Bike Swap, Portland, 10 am - 1 pm. At the Swap, you can choose from hundreds of bikes, including hybrids, road bikes, mountain bikes, children’s bikes, recumbents and more. The inventory covers all price ranges, so you’re sure to find something that suits your budget.  And you’ll be going “green” by getting a gently used bike rather than a new one. More information here.

In addition to the events shown above:

  • Check our Events Calendar, which lists all activities that we know about that take place on, or are otherwise related to, 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!Consider leading an activity on the trail — a walk, a bicycle ride, OR a birding expedition. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your idea!

  • Consider hosting an event on the trail that takes advantage of its fine resources. An example of such an event is the Snowy Egret Run/Walk for the Marsh, held on the Trail each Memorial Day weekend. If you are planning such an event, please fill out a Event Request Application.

Click here for a great set of pictures from a Sunset/Moonrise Walk held April 2012 on the ET (pictures taken by ETA volunteer Jim Bucar). Watch the ETA calendar for similar upcoming events.

A while back, Joe Yuhas, ETA Trustee and leader of many trail activities, was interviewed by a local television station. He talked about the variety of events that take place on the Eastern Trail. You can watch it here. Great job, Joe!

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