Calais Waterfront Walkway

Maine

Calais Waterfront Walkway Facts

States: Maine
Counties: Washington
Length: 1.5 miles
Trail end points: Todd Street and Barker Street at South St. (Calais)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016084
Trail activities: Bike, Fishing, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Calais Waterfront Walkway Description

At the heart of town, the 1.4-mile Calais Waterfront Walkway follows the route of the former Maine Central Line, though the original rail bed dates to the Calais Railway, chartered in 1832—the first charter issued by the state of Maine. Crews have transformed the right-of-way into a promenade that skirts the St. Croix River from Barker and South streets to Todd Street. The trailhead is at Pikes Park, the trail midpoint.

Whether you head east or west, you're guaranteed scenic vistas. Pause en route to peruse interpretive exhibits at the Downeast Maine Heritage Center or watch bald eagles scan the water from perches just feet from the trail. The city hopes to expand the walkway to 3 miles and link it to other trails in the St. Croix Valley.

On the opposite shore is St. Stephen, New Brunswick (Canada), which is developing its own system of waterfront parks and trails. If you want to check it out, it's within easy walking distance. The Waterfront Walkway passes within a hundred yards of the international bridge.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the trailhead at Pikes Park, take State Route 9 east to its junction with US 1, turn right and follow signs to downtown Calais. The road becomes North Street, and the park is on the waterfront.

Calais Waterfront Walkway Reviews

I love this trail along the river. It is well maintained and lovely throughout the year.

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