Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag

Maine

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Waldo
Length: 2.3 miles
Trail end points: Front Street and Pierce Street and Oak Hill Road and Kaler Road
Trail surfaces: Crushed Stone
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 8734884
Trail activities: Wheelchair Accessible, Mountain Biking, Walking

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Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag Description

The Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag begins in downtown Belfast, a community at the mouth of the Passagassawakeag River on the central coastline of Maine. From there, the crushed-stone, tree-lined trail heads northwest paralleling the river for just over 2 miles to the City Point Central Railroad Museum, where visitors will find historical railroad cars, cabooses, and an engine.

The rail-trail follows the route of the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad, a passenger and freight line which operated from 1871 to 2007 between Belfast and Burnham Junction. Beyond trail's end at City Point, the Brooks Preservation Society runs excursion trains on a still active portion of the line. 

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the north end of the trail at the City Point Central Railroad Museum (13 Oak Hill Road), or start at the trail's mid-point from the Upper Bridge parking lot on High Street.

Belfast Rail Trail on the Passagassawaukeag Reviews

a wonderful thing about this trail is that it is handicapped accessible from the outer High Street parking lot in particular. The stone dust surface is impervious to wheels and motor driven and otherwise propelled wheel chairs are very easy to use on the trail.

That said... the trail is a wonder. There are three parking area access points. 1. downtown/intown where it intersects the Armistice Bridge walking bridge and Harbor Walk, 2. Upper Bridge (on High Street) and 3. out at the The Brooks Preservation railroad yard, station, and museum.

It is a remarkable 2.2 miles of natural world.

The trail is beautifully groomed and hugs the Passagassawakeag river for over 2 miles. We started at the north end (13 Oak Hill Road) of the trail by the rail yard. The parking lot was packed when we got there as the excursion train was getting ready to leave. They have rides Saturdays and Sundays at 1 PM. The trains travel north from the parking lot and the trail goes south. The trail surface is perfect for walking and biking. It is treelined and has many small bridges that carry you over creeks. It took us 45 minutes of walking to get to the southern end at the intersection of Pierce St. and Front St. in Belfast. There is now a trailhead with a small parking lot at the southern end (not listed in the description). The trail connects there to the Belfast Harbor Walk which is an awesome urban trail through Belfast harbor and Front Street shipyard with a long pedestrian bridge across the Passagassawakeag.

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