Long distance hiking trail to connect Unity to Belfast Bay
The Waldo County Trails Coalition (WCTC) along with Unity Barn Raisers, Unity College, and other groups, has been working for more than three years to create a long distance hiking trail from one end of Waldo County to the other. The trail is complete from Unity to Thorndike, and partially established as far as Frye Mountain in Montville and Knox. In Thorndike, a network of local trails connects to the main trail. At Frye Mountain, a network of Georges River Land Trust trails and Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance trails are accessible from the main trail.
In the spring of 2013, Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition joined the WCTC and took on the task of completing the trail from Frye Mountain to Belfast Bay, a distance of 12 to 14 miles, depending on how much the trail curves. A name was agreed on, the Hills-to-Sea Trail.
From BBWC’s end, much preliminary work is involved — obtaining landowner permission, finding river crossings that are established already, and avoiding roads — before the trail has a designated route. After that, the process of inviting local communities to help with building and maintaining will follow. Two large landowners are welcoming the trail to pass through their properties: Camp Fairhaven on Lake Passagassawakeag and Bessey and Sons sustainable working forest in Brooks. This scenic area includes Sanborn, Ellis, and Half-Moon ponds as well as Pond Hill and Lake Passagassawakeag.
The Hills-to-Sea Trail task group is at work planning and grant writing for the trail. The task group is composed largely of Penobscot Bay Stewards volunteers. BBWC hopes to complete this eastern end of the trail in the next two to three years.
Anyone wishing to participate in any capacity should contact Bob Kohl at 589-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org