View Connector Trails
The main trailhead and parking lot is at the Davis Park picnic area on ME Route 26 on the east edge of Bethel Village, on the south bank of the Androscoggin River.
There are six other trailheads and parking lots as well:
- BIG Adventure Center (Business), 12 North Road: Turn off US Route 2/ME Routes 26/5 (Mayville Road), onto the North Road, just north of the bridge over the Androscoggin River. Park at the lower end of the lot, close to the river.
- Bethel Outdoor Adventure, 121 Mayville Road (US Route 2/ME Routes 26/5), just north of the bridge over the Androscoggin River. Please check- in at the office before leaving your car.
- At the Pathway sign, next to the Dunkin Donuts/Shell Gas Station, 59 Mayville Road (ME Routes 26/2/5), just south of the bridge over the Androscoggin River and in sight of the foot bridge.
- The shoulder of the east end of Sunset Road, where the pathway is close to the road.
- True North Adventureware (Business), 196 Walkers Mills Road (ME Route 26).
- Telstar Middle/High School, 284 Walkers Mills Road (Route 26). Park in the western-most (toward Bethel) parking lot. The trail goes up the gated road and after 100 yards turns left.
The Bethel Pathway has three distinct sections.
Directions are given from Davis Park going west, and from Davis Park going east. Of course, it is possible to start from any of the trailheads or even from several places in the village. The Pathway is easy to follow and is close to roads, homes, and businesses, with the exception of a short section of woods at the high school.
The first section, going from Davis Park to the west, goes past the skate park, over a miniature covered bridge, and out to US Route 2 where there is another parking lot. The pathway then goes over the impressive single span bridge over the Androscoggin, loops back on itself, and continues along the other shore of the river, past the parking lot and water slide of the Big Adventure Center. It currently ends soon after, on the North Road. This wide, paved, very popular section of the Pathway is 0.9 miles in one direction. It is wheelchair-accessible and there are several benches along the way.
The second section leaves from Davis Park and goes east, over Alder Stream and then crosses the Intervale Road. From here the path surface changes to crushed stone, but is still very hard and smooth, and continues across the Mahoosuc Land Trust's Gateway property to the upper end of Sunset Road, where there is parking on the shoulder of the road.
The third section is well marked and usable but still undergoing improvements related to expanding pathway accessibility. Please note, that this section is a little more adventurous and not wheelchair accessible yet. Young children need to be closely supervised on the short section of highway temporarily being used to connect the sections. This section is appropriate only for travel by foot or mountain bike.
From the end of the crushed stone, step out on to Sunset Road, walk a few hundred feet and onto ME Route 26. After 50 yards on the highway, turn left onto the relatively pastoral Bailey Road. After 100 yards, turn right, following a path with markers into a field and a fork in the trail. The right fork goes 100 yards to the True North Adventureware (business) parking lot. The left fork continues on, meandering through the field and past a pretty pond. The trail then goes another 0.25 miles through the open woods along a section of a Telstar school trail. The trail leaves the woods and ends at the edge of the athletic fields. The parking lot is down the gravel road to the right.
The Bethel Pathway was initially a project of the town, the Mahoosuc Land Trust and many generous landowners and volunteers. The third and newest section is an ongoing project of a group of Telstar Middle/High School students and some committed, creative faculty. The section from Bailey Road to the School that they created, "The Path of Perseverance," was done to raise awareness of and support for cancer prevention. The students raised money, sought landowner permission, and physically built sections of the trail. Find out more about the project by visiting their website, Path of Perseverance.
General information about the Bethel area and more information about other local trails and area attractions can be found at the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce website.
Please keep all pets leashed and clean up after them.
Visit the Town of Bethel for more information or contact:
Town of Bethel
PO Box 1660
9 Main Street
Bethel, ME 04217-1660
Phone: (207) 824-2669
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