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.
Support the Trail!
My buddy, and I, biked 35,25,and 21 miles on DEST in June,2015.It was great biking except for the ATV traffic. But the trail would never have been built w/out the local support. It's a tradeoff, as always. You'd never see the swamps, beaver ponds, animals, ...read more