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.

Reviews

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, ...read more

Awful

   August, 2014 by henryr

My wife and I should have known better than to even try this trail, but we were vacationing in Downeast Maine, and after battling heavy car traffic and poor pavement conditions as we biked on coastal roads in the area, we thought that perhaps mingling ...read more

Rugged Remote Riding Trail

   July, 2014 by karen.mccloskey.710

We decided to ride this trail this past May as a fun training exercise in preparation for the grand daddy of mtb endurance races - the Tour Divide. With ages ranging from late forties to late fifties we planned on riding over and back in a two day challenge. Starting ...read more