The Belfast Rail Trail (also known as the Passagassawakeag or “Passy” Rail Trail) is a multi-use 2.3-mile path that lies right next to the Passagassawakeag River. As its name suggests, this trail utilizes the bed of a former railroad that was constructed in 1870. Although the railroad suspended operations in 2007, train excursions are still offered on other portions of the route.
The Belfast Rail Trail is wide and quite flat with a packed gravel surface, making it a great spot for an easy walk or bike ride. Those with strollers, wheelchairs, and mobility challenges can all access and enjoy this trail. In the winter months, it can be utilized by snowshoers and cross-country skiers. The trail passes by bridges, hills, and even some vintage railcars. Birdwatchers should keep an eye out for bufflehead ducks in the winter and ospreys and bald eagles in the summer.
Three trailheads with parking are available: one at Armistice Footbridge, one at the intersection of High Street and City Point Road, and one on Oak Hill Road. The northern point of the trail connects with the 47-mile Hills to Sea Trail that leads hikers all the way to Unity.
Closest Town: Belfast
Activities: Birdwatching, Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Nature Study
Region: Midcoast Maine – Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox, Waldo