All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Friday, April 14, 2006

The East Coast Greenway

For the last 15 years, a group based in Rhode Island has been planning the East Coast Greenway—a 2,950 mile "urban Appalachian Trail" running from Calais to Key West. Markers have been placed at the two "gateways" (the Key West marker is set in St. Croix granite, the Calais marker in Keys limestone), and routes have been mapped out.

The ECG map of Maine shows how much has been accomplished. The Maine DOT has "determined an interim on-road route for the ECG across the entire state, totaling 629 miles," and eight trail segments have been designated parts of the ECG.
They are (1) the Beth Condon Memorial Pathway, Yarmouth, (2) the Eastern Promenade Trail, Portland, (3) the South Portland Greenbelt, South Portland, (4) the Androscoggin River Bicycle Path, (5) the Calais Riverwalk, Calais, (6) the logging road through Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, (7) the Eastern Trail, Saco section, and (8) part of the Kennebec River Rail-Trail.
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