Volunteers sought to help build hiking trail in Trenton

Posted May 30, 2012, at 6:08 p.m.

TRENTON, Maine — Volunteers are being sought to help this weekend with construction of a 1.8-mile hiking trail behind the new Island Explorer facility on Route 3.

As part of National Trails Day, Friends of Acadia, National Parks Conservation Association and other groups are asking people to help with trail construction on Saturday, June 2. Volunteers should arrive at the Acadia Gateway Center on Route 3 at 12:30 and should come prepared. Sturdy shoes, bug spray and drinking water are strongly recommended. The event will be held rain or shine.

Work already has begun on the looped trail, which is behind the new maintenance and storage facility for the Island Explorer bus system, a free transportation network that serves the Mount Desert Island area. The Island Explorer facility was completed this spring.

Friends of Acadia has been working with local residents to construct the trail, which will pass through forest and an expansive heath. The trail will include cedar log bridges and bog walks in wet areas, benches and interpretive panels.

The trail is being funded by Davis Conservation Fund, NPCA and Nature Valley Corporation.

Work for the day will end at 4 p.m., at which time a picnic meal will be provided to volunteers. Volunteers are asked to register ahead of time by contacting Terry Begley at FOA at 288-3340 or terry@friendsofacadia.org.

FOA also plans to host an event earlier Saturday to celebrate the opening of the Duck Brook Connector Trail in Bar Harbor. That event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Acadia Inn on Route 3.

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