|31.4||Powder House Pit|
|43.5||Indian River Tank|
|64.0||Jacksonville Camp Gr'd|
|68.9||Southern Inlet Tank|
|95.9||Howard Mill Spur|
|98.5||St Croix Jct.|
* Railroad miles from Bangor
** Railroad miles from Washington Jct.
Italics indicates stations beyond the end of this trail
Mileage and station names from the Handbook of Officers, Agents, Stations, and Sidings of the Maine Central Railroad, January 1, 1917.
Near Ellsworth. Photo by K. Votava of ECGA.
Near Machias. Photo supplied by ECGA.
Note that this Trail will become part of the East Coast Greenway, (ECG) a multi-user trail that will run from Maine to Florida as the 'urban equivalent' to the Appalachian Trail. As such, the entire ECG has been designated as a Millennium Trail.
ME-1 Downeast Trail
Endpoints: Canadian Border at Calais to Ellsworth
Landscape: rural, small town, urban
Jurisdiction: Towns, MDOT, US Dept of the Interior
Condition: RR ROW is unimproved
Next steps: begin construction of designated portions
Funding allocated: $250,000
ME-2 - Ellsworth to Brewer
Endpoints: Ellsworth to the Penobscot River in Brewer
Landscape: rural, small town, urban
Status: small segment of off-road in planning/design stage
Condition: unimproved RR ROW
Next steps: planning/design balance: construct first segment
Funding allocated: n/a
Contact: John Balicki, MDOT 207-287-6600, email@example.com
The Bike and Pedestrian Section of ME-DOT have prepared temporary on-road bike routes for the East Coast Greenway that also serves the planned rail-trail as follows:
Ellsworth to Brewer Trail is covered by the River Route document on pages 9-10.
Downeast Trail is covered by the entire Downeast Trail document.
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The Bus - Bangor Bus Div. provides city bus service within Bangor, Brewer, Hampden, Veazie, Orono, and Old Town on Weekdays and Saturdays. Note that Brewer North Loop busses allow bicyclists to escape city traffic between Downtown Bangor and the end of Eastern Avenue. All city busses have bike racks!
Island Explorer provides frequent daily transportation on a seasonal basis from Trenton and Bar Harbor through Acadia National Park and nearby settlements. All Island Explorer busses have two sets of bike racks!
Downeast Transportation provides rural public transportation on a year-round basis (bicycles presumably not accommodated):
mid-day on weekdays within Ellsworth
a weekdays only round trip to Bar Harbor
a once-per-week service to outlying towns on the mainland and Mount Desert Island.
Pleasant Point Transportation provides rural public transportation on weekdays only from Pleasant Point Reservation to Eastport and Perry with twice-per week service beyond Perry to Calais. Cyclists must inquire about the bicycle policy of this bus.
Indian Township Transportation presumably provides transportation on a comparable basis from Indian Township Reservation Princeton and Calais. Cyclists must inquire about the bicycle policy of this bus.
Rizzo Associates evaluated the feasibility of constructing a rail-with-trail project from the beginning of the Calais Branch Railroad in Brewer to the end at St. Croix Junction in Calais. An inventory of key features and characteristics of the railroad corridor was conducted for the 132-mile length of the project. After identifying areas where a rail-with-trail project would be difficult to construct due to land use, topographic or environmental constraints, alternative trail locations and parallel roadway segments were investigated. Please refer to this study for more information about the proposed trail.
Is Rail Restoration On the Right Track? (Ellsworth American 11/11/99)
Group pushes for Down East trail (Foster's Daily Democrat 08/23/99)
Legislator pushing trails over rails (Ellsworth Weekly 7/30/98)
Sign images are from the Manual of Traffic Signs by Richard C. Moeur.
Updated on September 13, 2001 by Kenyon F.
Unintentional errors are likely!
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