Blueberries and moose, lobsters and local brews: The Greenway helps you sample Maine's best — including the Eastern Trail featuring Scarborough Marsh.
The East Coast Greenway begins its journey in Calais, Maine, at the Canadian border. The route through Maine continues south and west through coastal communities, historic mill towns and Downeast blueberry barrens. The 87-mile Down East Sunrise Trail is the longest continuous stretch of the Greenway to date. At Brunswick, northbound travelers can select our complementary 150-mile coastal route, which heads through Camden and Rockland, or the spine route, which continues through Augusta and Bangor, both converging near Ellsworth.
Please be aware of two route notices:
The Down East Sunrise Trail is unpaved and is only suitable for bicycle riding with wide tires. An on-road alternative route is available for that portion of the route.
In Portland, a water taxi service (Portland Sea Taxi, $30 for up to 6 people and their bikes, 207-879-2562) is available between the taxi dock at 72 Commercial Street (between the Maine State Pier and Flatbread Company) and Bug Light Park in South Portland. Water taxi operates from 7 am-8 pm; reservations recommended.
Working together, we can close a key gap of the East Coast Greenway and the Eastern Trail in Maine, The Over the River section of trail transits 3 miles through Saco and Biddeford, Maine - the most significant population density along the Eastern Trail. Building improved trail connections through these two communities is a priority for our local partners and the East Coast Greenway.
Between Boston & Portland:
Between Portland & Bangor: https://concordcoachlines.com/ (bicycles are typically stored below the coach if there is room)
Between Bangor & Calais: http://www.westbusservice.com/ (if space is available, there is a small fee for bikes)
Traveling by train?
Quick tips when using Amtrak with your bike: Do your research in advance; each train line features different bike rack equipment and loading procedures. Check Amtrak for the latest and when in doubt: call the station if you have questions. Click for more: https://www.amtrak.com/bike
Mileage counts reflect the portion of each trail that is part of East Coast Greenway.
Calais Waterfront Walkway, Calais; 1 mi
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge Trail, Baring; 8.5 mi
Downeast Sunrise Trail, Washington and Hancock Counties; 85 mi
Kennebec River Rail Trail, Augusta-Hallowell-Farmingdale-Gardiner; 6.5 mi
Rotary Centennial Trail, Benton; 1.9 mi
Brewer Riverwalk, Brewer; 0.4 mi
Lewiston Riverside Trail, Lewiston ME; 1.25 mi
Lisbon Trail, Lisbon; 3.3 mi
Topsham Trail, Topsham; 0.5 mi
Androscoggin River Bicycle Path, Brunswick; 2.6 mi
Beth Condon Memorial Pathway, Yarmouth; 1.9 mi
Martin’s Point Bridge, Yarmouth-Portland ME; 0.4 mi
Eastern Promenade/Connector/Back Cove Trail, Portland; 2.3 mi
Eastern Trail/South Portland Greenbelt, South Portland; 6 mi
Eastern Trail, Scarborough-Old Orchard Beach-Saco; 8.2 mi
Eastern Trail, Biddeford-Arundel-Kennebunk; 6.2 mi
Belfast Harborwalk & Passagassawakeag River Footbridge, Belfast; 1.1 miles
While the East Coast Greenway Alliance is constantly improving the safety of the Greenway route through its advocacy efforts, many of the current on-road connections, including those on the Greenway’s interim routes, have little or no special provisions for bicyclists or pedestrians. Long-distance travel via on-road sections of the Greenway is recommended for experienced cyclists only. Many lengthy traffic-free segments of the Greenway are suitable for families and cyclists, walkers and runners of all ages and abilities.
The current on-road routing is housed on low-traffic roads whenever possible. We aim to be as clear as we are able about the conditions riders can expect by including alerts for known stressful sections on our online mapping tool at map.greenway.org. Directional signage may or may not be present along the route. Users are advised to review state traffic laws, research current road conditions and discuss plans with people familiar with area roadways.
This website provides information for the public about trails and roads for traveling the interim route of the East Coast Greenway and their general suitability for long-distance cycling and walking. The East Coast Greenway Alliance and those involved with the development and publication of this website do not assume any liability for injuries, damage or loss to persons using this information or the routes suggested. People using this information are responsible for their own safety and should take appropriate precautions.
Explore a section of the Maine coast, East Coast Greenway, U.S. Bike Route 1 and Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast route with a majority on-road route from Portland to Brunswick, Maine.
Two-day cycling tour recommended by Molly Henry
Explore trails from Boston to New Hampshire with rides from 17-75 miles recommended by David Read
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