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.
Rode this trail from Ayers Junction down to Washington Junction with 9 friends. We were transported with our bikes from Ellsworth the first day. Took our time, staying in Machias and also in Milbridge. Very relaxing, enjoyable ride with great surface ...
Rode this trail from Ellsworth to Cherryfield and saw some amazing views. Trail is in amazing condition. Great job Maine.
Great mountain biking from Machias east
I rode the trail from Machias to Dennysville and back on a Tuesday. Unfortunately it rained the whole way but I still got a lot of great pictures and was all by myself. This section of the trail is an easy ride for mountain bikers as the trail is very ...