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Trail Conditions Update


The Down East Sunrise Trail is snowmobile trail ITS 82 and atv trail MATS 206

CLOSED FOR MUD SEASON UNTIL May 15, 2015 or further notice.

Requesting Special Events on the Down East Sunrise Trail

If your organization would like to sponsor an event, such as a trail ride or fund raiser using the trail. Please download and complete the documents below. These should be returned to:

Please Return Completed Form to:
Charlie Corliss, Sunrise Trail Manager
Maine Department of Conservation
140 Main Street / PO Box 27
Cherryfield, ME 04622
(207) 546-2730

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Special Activities Permit Special Activities Permit
Activites Permit Information Activites Permit Information


October, 2013 Adobe Letter Size (404K)  
May, 2012 Adobe Letter Size (351K) Adobe Tabloid (374K)
March, 2011 MS Word (1.36 MB) Adobe High Res (489K)
March, 2010 Adobe High Res (2MB) Adobel Low Res (219K)
April, 2009 MSWord Tabloid Adobe Tabloid
July, 2008 MS Word AdobePDF
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Trail News

Sunrise Trail 2014 Grading and Surface Improvements

The Bureau of Parks and Public Lands is mowing and grading sections of the Sunrise Trail in July and August 2014. These photographs illustrate the process of removing ruts to improve drainage and overall rideability of the trail. Surface conditions vary significantly along the trail. Cyclists are encouraged to use wide tire mountain bikes.Click on photos to enlarge.

Pre-GradingRuts Prior to Grading First Pass Gravel SectionGrading Gravel Surface - First Pass

Crown To CenterGrading Gravel Surface - Improved Crown

First Pass Cement SectionGrading Crushed Concrete - First Pass

Second Pass Cement Section Grading Crushed Concrete - Second Pass Second Pass Cement Section Grading Crushed Concrete Second Pass
Recognition for Sally Jacobs: Co-founder of the Down East Sunrise Trail

Sally Jacobs Award Presentation

Tony Barrett Presents East Coast Greenway Award to Sally Jacobs' daughters Stephanie Jacobs Lull and Jennie Leech.

Sally Jacobs Greets Gov. Baldacci on the Sunrise Trail

Sally Tell All

Sally Jacobs meeting with Governor John Baldacci.

Charlie Corliss Shares in Award

Stephanie and Jennie show the East Coast Greenway Award that will hang in Charlie Corliss Office in Cherryfield.

Celebrating the life of Sally Jacobs, founding member of the Sunrise Trail Coalition and inspiration to us all.

Bangor Daily News Obituary

Bill Green's Maine - Snowmobiling on the Down East Sunrise Trail (January 19, 2013)


Press Releases

February 28, 2007 Mapping Initiative Launched
May 25, 2007 Celebrate National Tails Day in Machias on June 2nd
March 10, 2008 Trail Conference Planned for Machias - April 2, 2008
June 19, 2008

Work Set To Begin On Rail Corridor Rehabilitation Project

January 28, 2009 Trail Dedication Set for Ayers Junction, Saturday 1/31/09 9:00 AM
March 1, 2009 Maine Department of Conservation Launches Sunrise Trail Web Page

Press Articles

August 24, 2005 Bangor Daily News Multiuse trail may get federal funds
March 29, 2007 Bangor Daily News Man explores tourism possibilities with Sunrise Trail effort
June 26, 2008 Ellsworth American

Work Set to Begin on Rail Corridor Rehabilitation

May 2, 2010 Good News-Paper Ride Until the Sun Sets on the Sunrise Trail
August 15, 2010 Portland Press Herald New Way to Explore Downeast
November, 2010 Maine Townsman Rails to Trails: A Healthy Trend
January 24, 2011 Bangor Daily News Snow Boosts Trailside Business
February 24, 2011 Working Waterfront Rails to Trails: An economic engine
June 2, 2011 Bangor Daily news Enthusiastic cyclists tackle 85-mile Sunrise Trail for Downeast Health Services
August 22, 2013 Ellsworth American Rail Trail Work to Resume
February 25, 2014 Bangor Daily News Fat Bikes - Pure Winter Fun
July 31, 2014 Ellsworth American The Long and Winding Road: Avid Biker Treasures the Down East Sunrise Trail
July 31, 2014 Ellsworth American Pace Cadets Win Trail Relay

Meeting Minutes

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August 23, 2005 Trail Kickoff

Plenary, Design, Governance,
Maintenance, Management