View Connector Trails
The main trailhead and parking lot is at the Davis Park picnic area on ME-26 on the east edge of Bethel Village, on the south bank of the Androscoggin River.
There are five other trailheads and parking lots as well:
- BIG Adventure Center (Business), 12 North Road: Turn off US-2/ME-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-2/ME-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-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-26).
The Bethel Pathway has two 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..
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 Bethel Pathway was initially a project of the town, the Mahoosuc Land Trust and many generous landowners and volunteers.
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
Check for nearby geocaches to Bethel Pathway.
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