Welcome to the East Coast Greenway in Maine
The East Coast Greenway begins its journey in Calais, Maine, at the Canadian border. The route through Maine continues south and west for 350 miles through a mix of natural and cultural highlights, from coastal communities and historic mill cities to Down East blueberry barrens. The 87-mile Sunrise Trail (former logging roads in Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge) is the longest continuous stretch of the Greenway to date. At Ellsworth, travelers can select an alternate 150-mile coastal route or the spine route, which heads through Bangor. The two routes meet up again north of Portland.
Between major trail projects on the northern and southern ends of the route, Greenway visitors will find several major gaps interspersed with a smattering of local and multi-town projects. After the Sunrise Trail, the route from Ellsworth to Waterville is principally on road. From Waterville to Portland, much of the Greenway is marked by local trails — some complete, some under development — and significant stretches of on-road routing. Portland can be traversed almost entirely off road, leading travelers to the South Portland Greenbelt. The South Portland Greenbelt is the northernmost part of the Eastern Trail, heading to South Berwick. The ECG is working with stakeholders to identify potential off-road routing for the 13-mile stretch from South Berwick to New Hampshire.
The Maine Committee for the East Coast Greenway consists of volunteers who coordinate route selection and Greenway advocacy with public agencies and organizations at the local and state levels. Current committee projects include:
- Sign the entire route through Maine with ECG trail markers
- Update the ECG user guide for Maine
- Identify critical gaps in the ECG network and strategize on closing them (the Eastern Trail’s gap in Scarborough is one of many campaigns the ECGA supports)
How to get involved
- Join the East Coast Greenway Alliance. As a member, you’ll receive monthly news and features about the Greenway and its development.
- “Friend” us. For news about the Greenway, timely event notices, and other updates, follow the East Coast Greenway Alliance on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
- Contact us. Let us know of your interest in volunteering. Contact:
- Sue Ellen Bordwell, co-chair of the Maine Committee,207.650.3858, or
- Molly Henry, New England Coordinator for the East Coast Greenway, 610.348.4931
- The ECG Trip Planner allows you to generate customized point-to-point cue sheets for your ECG trip, with accompanying maps and elevation profiles, or to export your route as a GPX file to load onto your Garmin or other GPS device.
- Maine DOT’s Guide to the East Coast Greenway
- Eastern Trail Guide (covers ECG segments from South Portland to NH border)
Our partners and supporters in Maine
We are proud to be working with many great partners to bring the project to completion in the state of Maine. Our partners include but are not limited to:
- Maine Department of Transportation www.maine.gov/mdot/
- Bicycle Coalition of Maine www.bikemaine.org
- Eastern Trail Alliance www.easterntrail.org
- Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail www.krrt.org
- Portland Trails www.trails.org
- Sunrise Trail Coalition www.sunrisetrail.org
- Transportation for America www.T4America.org
- Kennebec Messalonskee Trails http://www.kmtrails.com/the-trails/
- Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry www.parksandlands.com
- National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance www.nps.gov/rtca
- Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Systems (PACTS), http://www.pactsplan.
- Maine Relocation Procedure
- Long-Distance Bicycle Coastal Route Selection Guidance
- Maine Blueprint for Action
- Maine Benchmark Assessment
- Trail Builder’s Toolbox – ECG trail building, routing, signing, and designation materials
- Advocacy Toolkit – ECG advocacy, communications, and graphics guides and materials