Old Pond Railway Trail

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In 2008, working with Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), Crabtree Neck Land Trust (CNLT) acquired a portion of the old Maine Shoreline Railway bed in Hancock, ME. This land was previously owned by David Sammis, and includes three miles of the now defunct rail way tract, and roughly 23 acres of land.

In the fall of 2009, some local Eagle Scouts worked to create a parking area off of the Point Rd, to clear the first half mile of trail leading from this parking area, and to repair the trestle bridge making it safe and useable. A second parking lot is located at the western entrance to the trail on a property acquired by CNLT, MCHT, and the Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) on Old Route One. This parking area and the land down to the trail are owned by FBC.

The full trail has been cleared and one can have access and parking on both ends, with a three mile trail in between to be used for hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and dog walking, as well as access to the shore for worming and bird watching. Due to the old rail ties that line this trail, it is not a suitable area for mountain biking.

As a land conservation organization dedicated to protecting places of high scenic, recreational and ecological value in this community, CNLT has named this property the Old Pond Railway Trail and, partnering with FBC, will permanently steward it for ecological protection and public access.

Crabtree Neck Land Trust · P.O. Box 273 · Hancock, ME, 04640 ·