This natural-surface trail loop includes bog-bridging, a boardwalk, three bridges, and a viewing platform at the heath, along with interpretive panels that point out natural and historic features of the trail. Many benches along the way allow hikers to enjoy a peaceful moment on this quiet trail. There are also small species signs which identify the flora of the trail. The dwarf shrub bog area is sensitive; please stay on the boardwalk and viewing platform.
The Trenton Community Trail was created through the efforts of many volunteers and partner organizations. Friends of Acadia originally purchased the surrounding acreage in 2007 as part of the efforts to establish the Acadia Gateway Center. Friends of Acadia worked with the Town of Trenton to plan and construct all aspects of the trail from 2009 to 2013. In December 2013, Friends of Acadia placed a conservation easement on the property to restrict development and allow for public recreational use consistent with the land’s natural character. Friends of Acadia subsequently donated the land to the Town of Trenton.
The trail is located behind the Acadia Gateway Center at 685 ME-3/Bar Harbor Road in Trenton. The Gateway Center access road does have a small sign, but it is more easily recognized as a newly-paved road with prominent street lights on the west side of ME-3, near J&P’s Farm Stand. Follow the access road past the Gateway Center maintenance building to the farthest parking lot where the trailhead and kiosk are located.
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