Down East Sunrise Trail

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The Down East Sunrise Trail is an 85-mile multi-use corridor connecting Ellsworth to Ayers Junction in eastern Maine. It serves as a major portion of the northeastern head of the East Coast Greenway. The Sunrise Trail is designed to accommodate hiking, thick-tire bicycles, ATVs, horses, cross country skis and snowmobiles.

Parking and Trail Access

The Down East Sunrise Trail's southern terminus in Washington Junction is 2 miles outside of Ellsworth. From I-95 in Bangor, take I-395 to US Route 1-A south toward Ellsworth. In Ellsworth turn left onto US Route 1. In Machias, parking is available at the train depot and box car.

For car-free options from Bangor, take Downeast Transit or West's Transportation buses to Ellsworth. West's buses continue nearly to the northern terminus of the trail in Pembroke. West's also makes loops and shuttles possible. The bus route parallels much of the trail, and buses make twice-daily runs on Route 1 and Route 1A.

Bicycles are permitted on West's Transportation and Concord Trailways buses, and on Amtrak's Downeaster with a reservation and a $5 service charge.

You can access the trail from the towns along the way.


Not a bike trail

   July, 2015 by jeffowens507

This trail is not a bike trail. It is a fire road for use by ATVs, motorcycles and other motorized vehicles. Today there were easily 10 such vehicles for every bicyclist, most are going over 30 mph when they pass by. Trail surface is badly torn up by more


   July, 2015 by c.allen

I am looking forward to seeing this trail soon but am a little intimidated to have atvs running a straight line trail at any speed with my horse. In Fl where I live part of the year we have several parks and trails that utilize the same space but separated more

Not for the LAME at heart

   May, 2015 by guyfromaway

DEST is a super highway of entertainment thrills for MOST who chose to utilize it. Yes, it's dusty, has loose gravel, and is proudly open to most modes of transportation. Be reminded, many of those ATV riders are members of clubs; most are Maine residents, more