Eastern Trail - Saco to Scarborough

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This off-road section of the Eastern Trail offers over 8 miles of flat easy trails connecting Saco, Old Orchard Beach, and Scarborough. The northern end of this section traverses the Scarbrough Marsh providing scenic views and wildlife watching.
Trail Activity
Length
8.4 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Towns
Old Orchard Beach, Saco, Scarborough
Surface
Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The Eastern Trail is a 62 mile multi-use, non-motorized greenway, that connects Bug Light in Casco Bay, South Portland to Kittery, Maine. Approximately thirty percent of the trail is off-road, and the trail is a part of the East Coast Greenway which will eventually connect Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida, approximately 3000 miles. The Eastern Trail is currently composed of 21 miles of off-road trails on the former Eastern Railroad bed with the remainder 41 miles on public roads. 

The off-road section connecting Scarbrough to Saco privdes access to the 2200-acre Scarborough Marsh, which is Maine's largest salt marsh. Heading north on the trail from Pine Point (ME Route 9) or south from Eastern Road in Scarborough provides access to this 2.5 mile stretch of trail.

Heading south from Pine Point Road, the trail crosses the York County and Cumberland County boundaries and users can walk/bike from Scarborough, through Old Orchard Beach to Saco, where the current-off-road trail ends at Thornton Academy in Saco, approximately 6 miles from the Pine Point kiosk.

There are kiosks at 3 parking areas, that give some history and points of interest along the trail. For example, the Eastern Trail is built on the old Eastern Railroad line that was built in 1840 and abandoned in 1945. Also, Charles Lindberg flew into the now abandoned Scarborough airport several times. And, a trestle once carried open air trolleys from the rail line to Old Orchard Beach for summer tourists.

Other Information

Equestrian use is allowed in some areas during the spring through fall seasons.

Natural Heritage HikesNatural Heritage Hikes is a project of the Maine Natural Areas Program in partnership with Maine Trail Finder. View the "Eastern Trail" guide online here

Trail Manager

Visit the Eastern Trail Alliance online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Eastern Trail Alliance
PO Box 250
Saco, ME 04072
Phone: (207) 284-9260
info@easterntrail.org
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Stick to established trails and campsites. If there's no trail, try to walk on rock, gravel, or snow and spread out so that your group doesn't create a trail.

Trailhead Information

There are multiple access points along the trail with five primary accesses points in Saco and Scarborough.

In Scarborough, the northern end of the trail can be accessed from the southern end of Eastern Road, off of ME Route 207/Black Point Road Scarborough. Eastern trail leaves ME Route 207 on the right, 0.4 miles from US Route 1.

For parking on the Scarborough Marsh, from US 1 in Scarborough, turn east onto ME 9/Pine Point Road. In 1.1 miles the Eastern Trail crosses ME 9; look for parking and the trailhead on the left at at the brick pump station. 

Parking is also available at the Scarbrough Cemetery on Old Blue Point Road 1 mile from US Route 1.

The southern end of this section is accessed from Thornton Academy in Saco. Thornton Academy is off the north side of US Route 1 in Saco approximately 0.6 miles south of I-195. Turn onto Fairfield Street and follow it to park in the parking lot at its end.

In Saco, there is also ample parking at the Millbrook Business Park, off of US Route1, opposite Spring Hill Road.

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