West Side Trail

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The West Side Trail is a multi-use trail that brings off-road single track bicycling to Yarmouth.   For walkers, runners, and bikers, the trail connects neighborhoods, office parks, preserves, and public beaches. The western-most half-mile section of this trail is a universally accessible trail.
Trail Activity
Mountain-biking Hiking
Length
8.2 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Yarmouth
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Grass
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The West Side Trail is a new multi-use trail addition that brings off-road single track bicycling to Yarmouth. Offering multiple loops within each section, this multi-use walking/running/ biking trail presently stretches from the Cousins Island (Snodgrass) Bridge to U.S. Route One in five sections, all within the CMP power line corridor. The trail will eventually extend the 6 miles (as the crow flies) from the Cousins Island power plant to the North Yarmouth town line, along Yarmouth’s western border. Much of the trail is under the cover of the adjoining tree canopy, presenting a remarkably pleasant experience from what might otherwise be anticipated along a power line corridor. The trail can be accessed at any of the numerous road crossings (look for crosswalks and trail crossing signs) and parking is available at the Fels-Groves Farm Preserve on Gilman Road and at the Tyler Technologies upper parking lot on Tyler Drive. The West Side Trail is entirely within the boundaries of the Central Maine Power transmission corridor.

A recent 0.6-mile addition to the nearly 8 miles of single track trail of the West Side Trail was built to Universal Access Standards, which accommodates users with disabilities due to its gentle slopes and firm gravel surface. The trail crosses railroad tracks, which may be difficult for users with certain mobility devices. It is the first stage of West Side Trail’s Phase 2 universal access trail expansion, with construction slated to begin in Spring 2019 with completion in mid-2020. It is a short section of trail for now but also provides a pedestrian and bicycle connection from several Yarmouth neighborhoods to the I-295 Park & Ride facility with bus service to Freeport and Portland. 

Walkers/bikers can connect the  0.6-mile UA section of trail  to the rest of the trail by traveling along US-1 and Tyler Drive.

Other Information

With dogs, walkers, mountain bikes and runners all frequenting this multi-use trail, caution and courtesy is required of everyone. Dog walkers must comply with the town’s Dog Control Ordinance, which should be consulted for current requirements and information.

Trail Manager

Visit Yarmouth Community Services online for more information or contact:

Yarmouth Community Services
200 Main Street
Yarmouth ME 04096
Phone: 207-846-2406
info@yarmouthcommunityservices.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.
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