In 1994, Guilford Transportation Industries abandoned the line, and the Mountain Division Alliance was formed to preserve the corridor. In 1997, the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) purchased the corridor and track from Route 202 in Windham to the Maine/New Hampshire border in Fryeburg. The MDA is currently coordinating a two-year, five-part study of the feasibility of preservation and development of the Mountain Division as a multi-use transportation corridor.
Portland Trails is a dynamic urban conservation organization and land trust founded in 1991. Their goal is to create a 30-mile network of recreational trails within Greater Portland, ME by 1999 as well as to serve as a public advocate for trail development and greenways within the city.
A paved path roughly paralleling Broadway in South Portland in both directions from the Mill Creek Shopping Center in South Portland using the bed of an abandoned industrial spur.
This trail will utilize the roadbed of the long abandoned Eastern Railroad for most of its length. Note that this Trail will become part of the East Coast Greenway, 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.
This trail was established in 1985 as a nature trail and follows the route of the old narrow gauge Kennebec Central Railroad.
This trail uses the railbed of the narrow gauge Sandy River & Rangely Lakes Railroad.
A proposal for an eighty mile loop in Franklin County using the roadbed of the narrow gauge railroad.
One Y-shaped trail follows the roadbed of the Aroostook Valley Railroad from Washburn to New Sweden & West Caribou, while an inverted Y-shaped trail utilizes an abandoned roadbed of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad from Van Buren to East Caribou and Washburn. A proposed extension will run from Washburn to Mapleton.
This trail follows the roadbed of an abandoned portion of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad.
This trail follows an abandoned roadbed of the Maine Central Railroad.
This trail follows an abandoned roadbed of the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad.
This walk follows the old Bangor and Aroostook Railroad bed for about a mile along the beautiful Piscataquis River.
A proposed Rail-with-trail from Brewer to Calais
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From the archives of The Bangor Daily News:
This 45 mile network on the southeastern quarter of Mt. Desert Island designed and constructed strictly for the exclusive use of horses & carriages. To this day, all motorized vehicles are prohibited from this extremely scenic roadway system within the boundaries of Acadia National Park.
This rather steep trail follows the route of the cog railroad that once took visitors to the top of Cadillac Mountain. Note that the Island Explorer bus to Jordan Pond provides seasonal free bus service to the trailhead with connecting busses from most parts of Mount Desert Island.
A status report on the potential Rail-trail between Lewiston and Lisbon.
News about the proposal from the archives of The Bangor Daily News.
A 7 mile section of the Trail from Solon to Bingham is described in section 8 of the Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy New England Guidebook by Cynthia Mascott published in 2000 by Globe Pequot Press. This trail listing contains a photograph, historical description, trail head directions and parking, a trail map, trail details, a local trail manager contact, and much more.
Note that Bike Tour 10 - "Kennebec River Valley" is an on-road bike tour suggested by the Bike and Pedestrian Section of ME-DOT that both crosses and parallels the Solon-Bingham Trail for part of it's route.
Historical research is underway to determine the precise location of the 200 year old Canada Road from Jackman to the Quebec border.
This comprehensive but old listing of trails is at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Web Site.
Updated on September 13, 2001 by Kenyon F.
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