Hills to Sea Trail

This recreational footpath is being developed for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. When completed, the Hills to Sea Trail will stretch more than 40 miles from Unity to Belfast linking towns, schools and farms. It will connect with existing trails of Coalition partners and require new trails to be built. The cooperation of private landowners is central to its successful completion since the trail traverses privately owned and protected lands. Agreements with private landowners are done with a handshake and landowners maintain complete control of what takes place on their land and their continued participation. Maintaining this privilege requires everyone’s help in caring for the trail and respecting the land.

The first section was completed in 2013, a 6.3-mile leg from downtown Unity to MOFGA. The middle section of the trail is an existing 28-mile network that stretches from the edge of Freedom Village to Frye Mountain in Montville. Work is ongoing on both ends of the trail. If you would like to be involved with this exciting project or provide financial support please contact us today! info@waldotrails.org

When completed the Hills to Sea Trail will wind its way to the coast through the towns of Unity, Thorndike, Knox, Freedom, Montville, Brooks, Waldo and Belfast.

Please observe these guidelines:

– Foot travel only
– Carry out what you carry in
– Keep dogs under control—especially near the alpaca farm next to MOFGA
– No camping or fires

 

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition (BBWC) seeks to complete a major segment of the “Hills to Sea Trail” which stretches from Belfast Bay to Unity. The trail system will:

  • Promote four-season active health lifestyles;
  • Provide educational opportunities for a variety of ecosystems – from forests, ponds and vernal pools to streams, estuaries and ocean shoreline;
  • Introduce trail users to natural wonders of Waldo County; and
  • Offer opportunities for local businesses such as farm stays and bed and breakfast sites.

Specifically, BBWC will build the section from Belfast Bay to Frye Mountain, through land in the towns of Belfast, Waldo, Brooks and Knox, where the trail will connect with a 6 mile segment between Unity and MOFGA recently completed by the Waldo County Trail Coalition. The goal is a 12-14 mile segment allowing year-round hiking and snowshoeing which when connected to existing trails will form a trail network of over 50 miles.

Partners:

BBWC is working with local landowners, local organizations including the Waldo County Trails Coalition, Belfast Chamber of Commerce, Belfast Creative Coalition, Waldo County General Hospital and the Waldo County YMCA,. The Waldo County Trails Coalition – our umbrella coalition – consists of Future MSAD3 and Mt. View Schools, Georges River Land Trust, Maine Farmland Trust, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, Unity Barn Raisers and Unity College as well as BBWC.

Goals:

  • Develop the Hills to Sea Trail in a manner that builds a strong conservation ethic among its users. This includes forming a team of volunteers who “adopt” parts of the trail to receive their personal care and attention on a regular, year-round basis.
  • Encourage a practice of low-impact use among those hiking the trail.
  • Build a sense of credibility and cooperation between landowners and the BBWC.
  • Create an attractive but low-key recreational asset that fosters public enthusiasm for protection of the natural resources of the area.