Vacationland’s Eastern Trail Selected For Hall Of Fame

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The well-known Maine route becomes the 36th member of an elite group to be inducted into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame of Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.  The largest trails organization in the country, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), today announced that Maine‘s Eastern Trail would be inducted into its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. This distinguished group of rail-trails is recognized for the social, economic, and quality-of-life benefits they provide to the communities they serve.


The 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway, which will connect trails from Maine to Florida, and the New England Rail-Trail Network, which aims to unite the region’s six states—Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut—by multiuse trail—both depend on the developing 65-mile trail, which welcomes 250,000 visitors annually along Southern Maine’s coastline and dense forests.

More than 24 miles of the Eastern Trail, which stretches from South Portland to the New Hampshire border, have been finished. Sixteen more miles are being built, 11 of which are being expedited thanks to $700,000 in government financing that was obtained in May 2022.

According to a recent analysis of the Eastern Route’s economic impact, the trail supports 364 jobs statewide and generates $44.6 million in yearly economic benefits. A further $5.9 million in revenue and sales are anticipated from the route once the 16 miles currently under development are finished.

Every year, the Hall of Fame inductee is chosen by public vote, which took place from July 22 to August 2. Along with Missouri’s Grant’s Trail and Alaska’s Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, the Eastern Trail was put forth for consideration. The great scenic value, utility, amenities, historical significance, and communal value of Hall of Fame trails are recognized.

Visit to learn more about the Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.  The Eastern Trail passes through quaint South Portland neighborhoods and beautiful coastal scenery, including the more than 3,000-acre Scarborough Marsh, a 7-mile stretch of sandy beach, and the well-known lighthouse known as Bug Light. The Eastern Railroad constructed the first rail line in the 1840s to link Boston with Portland. The Eastern Trail Alliance and Eastern Path Management District, a partnership focused on closing trail gaps and constructing a fully off-street multiuse trail, jointly administer the trail. has further information about the trail.

With a grassroots network of more than 1 million people, the biggest trails group in the country, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, is committed to creating safe pathways for everyone to walk, ride, and engage in outdoor activity.

source prnewswire

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