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The Sebago to the Sea Trail project was developed as part of a visioning session of the Presumpscot River Watershed Coalition (PRWC), and is now facilitated by the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (PRLT). The idea had been percolating for years. Since 2007, the PRLT has convened a group process and established a Sebago to the Sea Coalition. The Sebago to the Sea project is a fully collaborative initiative, strengthened by its many partners and advisors.

Sebago to the Sea Coalition Members

Bicycle Coalition of Maine
City of Portland
City of Westbrook
Cumberland County Healthy Maine Partnerships-
Healthy Casco Bay, Healthy Portland, Healthy Rivers, and Healthy Lakes Region
Falmouth Trails
Maine Department of Transportation
Mountain Division Alliance
National Park Service's Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program
Presumpscot Regional Land Trust (Project Facilitator)
Presumpscot River Watershed Coalition
Portland Trails
Portland Water District
Town of Falmouth
Town of Gorham
Town of Standish
Town of Windham
Town of Windham Parks & Recreation Department

 

Additional Advisors to the Project include-

Casco Bay Estuary Partnership
Eastern Trail Alliance
Greater Portland Council of Governments
Greater Portland New England Mountain Bike Association
GrowSmart Maine
Maine Coast Heritage Trust
Portland North Land Trust Collaborative
Trust for Public Land
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
Windham Land Trust

Trail Route:

The Sebago to the Sea Trail is approximately 28 miles beginning at Sebago Lake and ending at Casco Bay, following the path of the Presumpscot River much of the way.

In October 2010, the first 8.5 miles of trail were designated from Sebago Lake to South Windham. This section includes 4 miles of trail on the Portland Water District's Sebago Lake Land Reserve and 4.5 miles of the paved Mountain Division Trail, a 10-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian trail along the Mountain Division Rail Corridor. In October 2011, 13 more miles of trail were designated making a complete trail from Sebago Lake in Standish to the Maine Turnpike in Falmouth. In October 2012, the remaining trail from Falmouth and Portland was designated, including a paddling section while rail construction was underway- opening for pedestrian use on the inactive rail bed expected for Summer 2015.

Benefits:

The Sebago to the Sea Trail enhances a variety of natural and recreational resources in this growing suburban area and helps link the city of Portland to the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake. Much of it is accessible for off-road bikes, and some of it is accessible for commuters on bicycle and people of all abilities.

In addition to creating a regional trail, this project also-

  • promotes greater land conservation and public access

  • enhances watershed protection efforts along the Presumpscot River

  • connects a network of green spaces and trails in southern Maine

  • increases opportunities for healthy outdoor exercise

  • raises awareness of the cultural heritage of the area including the Cumberland and Oxford Canal , the Mountain Division Rail Line and the native Abenaki people

  • provide public awareness of existing trails and projects in the Presumpscot River Watershed

  • generates visitors and economic activity

  • strengthens collaborative partnerships within the Presumpscot River Watershed to enhance future efforts benefiting the region

 



Sebago to the Sea TrailPresumpscot Regional Land Trust (Project Facilitator) • info@prlt.org