PARKING ALERT - Local Emergency Management Officials are requesting that hikers accessing the trails, park all vehicles on one side of the road so that emergency vehicles, particularly fire trucks, can easily get through. Thank You.

The Mission

To create and maintain trails in Waldo County where we can slow down and experience our place in nature.

The Coalition

The Waldo County Trails Coalition (WCTC) is a collaborative project of ten 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.

The Trails

During this time of social distancing and working from home (or not being able to work), more hikers are using the Hills to Sea Trail, based on anecdotal evidence. We are so grateful for the 60-plus landowners who make this trail possible and to the stewards who maintain every mile of it. We also thank visitors for hiking responsibly and for enjoying the “slow trails” experience. We are working on ways to enjoy the trail even more through an interpretation program and will announce its availability when it’s ready.

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, 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.

Click here for a more complete description of the trail.

Click here for accommodations along the trail.

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 go to the Volunteer/Donate page.

Please observe these guidelines: