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 help protect and appreciate our natural environment, 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)
This recreational footpath is for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Currently, about 35 miles of the trail is completed, from Unity Village to Frye Mountain and from City Point in Belfast to Route 137 in Waldo. When completed, the Hills to Sea Trail will stretch more than 45 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 participation and generosity of private landowners is central to the existence of the trail since it crosses privately owned and protected lands. The arrangement with landowners is a simple verbal agreement and handshake and they maintain complete control over what takes place on their land and their continued participation. Maintaining the privilege to use these lands requires everyone’s help in caring for the trail and respecting the land.
The first trail section was completed in 2013 between Unity Village and MOFGA’s Common Ground Education Center. Work is ongoing on the trail between Frye Mountain and Waldo and completion is expected in spring 2017. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Sebasticook Regional Land Trust at 948-3766.
When completed the Hills to Sea Trail will wind its way to the coast through the towns of Unity, Thorndike, Knox, Freedom, Montville, Morrill, Waldo and Belfast.
Please observe these guidelines:
- Foot travel only
- 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