LATEST NEWS- Since the trail opening celebration in Fall 2012, we have been awaiting the completion of rail construction on the Mountain Division Corridor from South Windham to Westbrook in order to open this segment for pedestrian use on the inactive railbed. In the interim, the trail has included a 5-mile paddle down the Presumpscot River while rail construction has been underway. Construction is NOW COMPLETE and owner, Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) has authorized use of this corridor for pedestrian use, while the railbed remains inactive.
In Spring 2015, the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, along with members of the Sebago to the Sea Trail Coalition, will be installing signs, making improvements to the bridge over Mallison Falls and updating maps. Once the work is complete, we will publicly announce its opening. So please check back on here for updates.
Please note: due to the ground cover on the inactive railbed (rock ballast), MDOT has asked that we designate this segment for pedestrians (as it is not suitable for biking).
The long-term goal of the Mountain Division Alliance is to construct a paved trail alongside the railbed in this corridor making it one day suitable for multiple uses. Fundraising for this effort is still underway.
Since 2007, members of the Sebago to the Sea Trail Coalition have been working hard to create one contiguous trail from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay. Now that the Sebago to the Sea Trail is complete, read more about its history.
PHASES OF THE PROJECT
The Sebago to the Sea Trail project was first developed in mid-2007 with a projected timeline for completion of about 3-5 years. The success of PHASE ONE exceeded expectations.PHASE ONE goals included the successful mapping of the area including identifying existing, pending and needed trails for connectivity; establishment of a Coalition through regular meetings and partnerships, and engagement of Advisors to the project; the production of marketing materials to conduct public outreach; and fundraising for the project.
In PHASE TWO of the project, we strengthened our Coalition's efforts and established working Regional Committees; agreed by consensus on the logo and tagline; established detailed maps of each town including trails in existence and those in the vision corridor; conducted site walks and developed trail plans for connectivity; developed outreach materials including a vision map and project summary; and began work with landowners; and acquired further funding for PHASE 3 of the project. In the fall, we facilitated public meetings in each region, gathering public input and comment on the vision corridor.
PHASE THREE included continued collaboration of the Coalition and regional committees through regular meetings; an increase in members of regional committees to strengthen regional work and public support; the continued work with corridor landowners to create trail linkage; the development and implementation of signs for the trail system; the development and public outreach of trail maps for trail sections; trail work where needed; further fundraising for PHASES 4-5; further public outreach to garner public support; and and the designation of the first segment- 8.5 miles from Sebago Lake in Standish to South Windham!
PHASE FOUR included completing the trail from Route 202 in South Windham to the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth. On October 29th, 2011, the Sebago to the Sea Trail Coalition celebrated this designated section—13 miles from South Windham to Falmouth.
While the Mountain Division corridor from Route 202 in South Windham to Bridge Street in Westbrook underwent rail construction, this segment has followed the Presumpscot River via a 5 mile Sebago to the Sea Trail Paddling Route as an alternative option to get to downtown Westbrook.
In Spring 2015, the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust and members of the Sebago to the Sea Trail Coalition, with permission from MDOT, will open this segment for pedestrians to follow the inactive rail bed. Check back here for trail opening and updates!
In the future, the Sebago to the Sea Trail hopes to follow a paved multi-use trail that follows beside the rail in this corridor, but fundraising is still underway to construct that trail.
From downtown Westbrook, follow the Sebago to the Sea Trail Downtown Westbrook Connector Loop featuring the Westbrook River Walk. Thanks to Portland Trails, the City of Westbrook and the City of Portland's trail network, the remaining 8 mile trail segment follows both an on and off-road trail along the Presumpscot River, through Riverton Trolley Park, past the Riverside Recycling Facility and Riverside Golf Course, and on to the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth.
PHASE FIVE- Trail designation of the final section of the Sebago to the Sea Trail from the Maine Turnpike pedestrian underpass in Falmouth to Portland's East End Beach took place in October 2012. Celebrate Our Collaborative Success By Getting Out On The Trail!