Connecting Waldo County communities through trails to celebrate our heritage of natural and working landscapes.
The Waldo County Trails Coalition (WCTC) is a collaborative project of nine Waldo County organizations working to create a year-round recreational footpath stretching from Unity to Belfast. The Coalition envisions the trail as a way to raise environmental awareness, support our working landscape, and connect and strengthen communities.
The Coalition’s objectives are to support community wellness by creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental education, nature observation, and to deepen our sense of place. The Coalition also desires to support economic opportunity for farms, B & Bs, and area businesses through tourism.
Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition
Future RSU 3
Georges River Land Trust (GRLT)
Maine Farmland Trust (MFT)
Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA)
Sebasticook Regional Land Trust (SRLT)
Midcoast Conservancy (MC)
Unity College (UC)
Unity Barn Raisers (UBR)
In 2012 work began on the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail from Unity Village to City Point in Belfast, and the last section was completed in September 2016. The footpath winds its way to the coast through the communities of Unity, Thorndike, Knox, Freedom, Montville, Morrill, Waldo and Belfast linking with schools and farms along the way. Most sections of the trail are open year-round for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The Hills to Sea Trail connects with existing trails of Coalition partners and uses some of these trails for the Hills to Sea route.
The trail was made possible by the generosity and participation of more than 60 private landowners who gave permission for the trail to cross their lands. The trail also crosses more than 7,000 acres of conserved lands. The arrangement with private landowners is a simple verbal agreement and handshake. Landowners maintain complete control over what takes place on their land and over their continued participation. Maintaining the privilege to use these lands requires everyone’s participation in caring for the trail and respecting the land.
The Hills to Sea Trail links more than 60 miles of trails. Work is ongoing to maintain the trail and to link with more trails and locations. If you would like to be involved with this exciting project or contribute financial support for the long-term stewardship of the trail, please contact us today at: email@example.com
Please observe these guidelines:
Footpath only. No bicycles.
Carry out what you carry in
Know the dog-restricted areas and keep dogs under control in all areas, especially near the alpaca farm next to MOFGA
No camping or fires
Wear protective orange during hunting seasons