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Belfast Rail Trail

This former railroad bed follows the western bank of the Passagassawakeag River, affording excellent views of the river and opportunities to observe the area’s natural history.
Trail Activity
Accessible Adventure Walking Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing Mountain-biking
Length
2.2 miles, One Way
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Belfast
Surface
Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

The former railroad bed follows the western bank of the Passagassawakeag River from Belfast in the south to City Point in the north. The trail affords excellent views of the river for much of its length, including a river crossing near the northern end of the trail, as well as opportunities to observe many facets of the area’s natural history.

As the trail uses a former railroad bed, the trail is both broad, with most of the trail averaging 10-12 feet, and essentially level. The surface is of crushed stone, and suitable for strollers, wheelchairs, and for those with mobility challenges. In winter, provided there is snow on the ground, the trail is excellent for snow-shoeing and cross-country skiing.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the City of Belfast website, or contact:

City of Belfast

City of Belfast
131 Church Street
Belfast, ME 04915
Phone: (207) 338-3370
parksandrec@cityofbelfast.org
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Trailhead Information

There are three parking lots that provide easy access to the trail.

Heading north High Street from the center of Belfast, which will turn into City Park Road, there is a mid-trail lot 1.3 miles up from the city center (this lot also provides access to the Stephenson Preserve). There are no dedicated ADA parking spaces, but the lot is packed dirt and on level with the trail.

Continuing along City Park Road, there is a lot at the north end of the trail, located at the Belfast & Moosehead Lake Railroad 2.7 miles up from the city center (this lot also provides access to the Hills-to-Sea trail).

There is a parking lot at the southern terminus of this trail by the Armistice Bridge. Heading north on Water Street from the city center, the lot will be on the right just after Front Street Shipyard (this lot also allows access to the Belfast Harbor Trail). This paved lot has no dedicated ADA parking space. The paved lot is on level with the trail, with no curbs. An additional lot is located near the southern end of the trail at the corner of Bridge Street and Pierce Street, with spaces for about 20 cars.

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