What is the Casco Bay Trail?
Our vision for the Casco Bay Trail is an off-road bicycle and pedestrian trail network connecting Portland, Lewiston-Auburn, and Brunswick, Maine.
From Portland to Brunswick
This 24-mile segment will run from Portland through Falmouth, Cumberland, Yarmouth, Freeport, and Brunswick. At its southern gateway, the Casco Bay Trail will link to the Back Cove and Eastern Promenade Trails through Portland, and to the Eastern Trail from South Portland to Kennebunk and points south. At its northern gateway, it will link to the Androscoggin Bicycle and Pedestrian Path in Brunswick and Topsham, as well as the proposed Merrymeeting Trail, connecting Brunswick and Topsham with the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Gardiner, and on to Augusta and points north. Midway, it crosses the West Side Trail, the Beth Condon Pathway, and Royal River Park.
From Portland to Lewiston-Auburn
Forking left in Yarmouth, the Casco Bay Trail will link to the 24-mile Royal River Greenbelt, passing through Yarmouth, North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Auburn and Lewiston. The route follows the Royal River, and crosses many parks and preserves, including Riverfront Woods Preserve, Chandler Brook Preserve, Baston Park, the Pineland Farm Trails, the Bradbury-to-Pineland Trail, Pisgah Hill Preserve, Intervale Preserve, Thurston Wildlife Marsh, and other public lands in the Royal River watershed.
From Lewiston-Auburn to Brunswick
An East Coast Connection
The corridor will be part of the 3,000 mile East Coast Greenway. When completed, the East Coast Greenway will likely be the most visited park in America. The Casco Bay Trail, because of its location on a major commuting corridor in the state, will be among the most heavily used Maine segments, attracting visitors from around the country and world.
There’s a lot to love about long-distance trail networks
The Casco Bay Trail will transform the communities it passes through, providing a valuable new resource for recreation, transportation, commuting, exercise, environmental stewardship, tourism, and healthy lifestyles.
These snapshots of successes documented in other states show the many benefits that come with these trails:
- Providing an easy way for all kinds of people to exercise, commute, socialize, and have fun.
- Improving public health, including lowering odds for diabetes, heart disease, and more chronic conditions.
- Lowering health care costs.
- Boosting the economy by attracting new retailers and service providers, and drawing more people to existing businesses.
- Increasing use of non-motorized transportation, which also helps reduce traffic, decrease reliance on fossil fuels, and reduce pollution.