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Down East Sunrise Trail

A multi-use corridor connecting eastern Maine and the

Head of the East Coast Greenway
from Calais to Key West

East Coast Greenway

Events *** Request a permit for group events on the Sunrise Trail here ***

Down East Sunrise Trail Announcements

The Trail is Open! Have a great time.

Cyclists: We are recommending mountain bikes due to rough trail conditions.

Announcements are also posted to Facebook at Down-East-Sunrise-Trail

Sally Jacobs Memorial Dedication

Friday August 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Route 1 - Machias - Next to Causeway

Sally Jacobs with John Baldacci

Sunrise Trail Coalition Board Meeting
Tuesday September 9, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Hancock County Planning Commission
395 State Street, Ellsworth
Conference call option will be available.
Contact jfisher@hcpcme.org for details

Agenda - TBA
Minutes from past meetings


Downeast Sunrise Trail Relay - July 25, 2014

First ever non-stop run from Ellsworth to Eastport. Press Account Here!

Relay Team Pace Cadets

Please fill out the MaineDOT's Public Opinion Survey on long-range transportation needs. This is your opportunity to help shape the future of transportation in Maine!

The Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) is asking for input for their statewide long-range transportation plan.  Your answers will affect the way the Department sets goals, objectives, and strategies for future transportation projects in Maine.  

Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce Publishes 2014 Regional Guide with a map of the Down East Sunrise Trail. Prepared by Studio 3: Branding and Graphic Design. Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce Guide

Sunrise Trail Publishes Autumn Newsletter

- News from the President
- Recap of Trail History and Future Plans
- Kickoff for 2014 Membership Drive - Join for 2014

Old Bike

Sunrise Trail Charity Ride - Huge Success!

On Sunday, October 20, 2013 we had a great turnout for the third annual charity ride. We raised more than $2,000 that will directly benefit the trail, providing new signs, information kiosks, picnic areas and the all important privies. Thanks to everyone that participated, grill masters, raffle sponsors and especially Friend and Friend for organizing this great event.

Raffle Sponsors:

- Cadillac Mountain Sports
- C H Mathews Store
- Friend and Friend
- Hannaford
- Narraguagus Snowmobile/ATV Club
- Ray Plumbing
- Sunrise Trail Coalition
- Willey's Sports Center
- Wallace Tent

Thanks finally to Gene Michaud at Coca Cola in Bangor for providing all the beverages.

Friend and Friend


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Help the Sunrise Trail look ahead with your observations.

Take our short User Survey here.
Bike Survey


Sarah at the Gateway
  • Photo Journal Article by Susan Shaw, Have you heard about the Sunrise Trail?

  • A Brief Diversion - Navigating (or Not) a Trail in MA
    John Bonner puts a humorous spin on a the roadblocks (trailblocks?) he encounters while travelling a trail near his home in MA. His 8-minute documentary/mockumentary channels equal parts of Sir Richard Attenborough and Monty Python. Check out his video here: http://vimeo.com/59953351


Maine Bureau of
Parks and Lands
Trail Section Maps



Washington Junction to Cherryfield

Ellsworth - Cherryfield

Cherryfield to Machias

Cherryfield - Machias

Machias to Ayers Junction

Maine Department of Transportation Maps

Machias - Ayers Junction


MaineDOT East Coast Greenway Map

Sunrise Trail Brochure A+B
(3.6 MB PDF)

Sunrise Trail Brochure Side A
(269 KB JPG)

Sunrise Trail Brochure Side B
(363 KB JPG)






2010 Annual Meeting
Award to Charlie Corliss

Charlie Corliss Award

Sample Sign
Sunrise Trail Offers new business signage options

Permitted Uses


We encourage special events on the trail. Be sure to fill out an event request form.

3,000 photos along the Down East Sunrise Trail. Click bottom-left arrow in slide for continuous show.
Video of Sunrise Trail Ribbon Cutting
September 21, 2010
January 31, 2009 Winter Ribbon Cutting

Down East Sunrise Trail and East Coast Greenway!

The trail is open for public use from Washington Junction in Hancock to Ayers Junctions in Pembroke. All inquires should be
directed to Charlie Corliss, Trail Coordinator, at 546-2730 or by email charlie.corliss@maine.gov for the Down East Sunrise
Trail. Trail information is also available at www.sunrisetrail.org. Information about the Key West to Calais East Coast Greenway
is available at www.greenway.org.


The purpose of the STC shall be to promote outdoor recreation, health and fitness, and economic development in Hancock
and Washington Counties in the State of Maine through education and the development of an integrated on- and off-road
four-season, shared-use trail system.

The Sunrise Trail Coalition is a publicly supported non-profit charitable 501 (c) 3 organization
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Jim Fisher, Webmaster
Hancock County Planning Commission
395 State Street
Ellsworth, ME 04605
(207) 667-7131

Our Sponsors

Downeast ATV

207-907-9421 / reservations@downeastatv.com

North Street Cafe Friend and Friend
North Street Cafe -
109 North St, Cherryfield, ME 04622 Cherryfield
Friend and Friend
227 State Street Ellsworth, ME 04605
Emera / Bangor Hydroelectric
Emera / Bangor Hydroelectric