Celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with Bath Trails on 9/29

Posted Sept. 10, 2012, at 11:18 a.m.
Photo Credit: Alicia Heyburn
Hikers explore and lend a helping hand on the Whiskeag Trail.
Photo Credit: Alicia Heyburn Hikers explore and lend a helping hand on the Whiskeag Trail.

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 9:11 a.m. to 9:11 a.m.

Location: Whiskeag Trail Celebration, 303 Centre Street, Bath, ME

For more information: Bill Milam; 443-9738 ; cityofbath.com/bath_bathtrails.html

Bath Trails celebrates the official completion of the trail with a community hike

BATH- Join Bath Trails to celebrate the completion of the Whiskeag Trail and Great Maine Outdoor Weekend on Saturday, September 29. Participants will gather at the Bath YMCA at 9:00 a.m. for a brief welcome followed by guided walks led by trail stewards. The event is open to the public free of charge.

Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, started this past March, is an array outdoor events across Maine on September 28-30. Its goal is to promote connection with the nature world, fun and physical activity, and good health. Bath Trails takes this goal to heart by the creation and maintenance of the Whiskeag Trail for recreation, transportation, and a healthier community.

The Whiskeag Trail represents the culmination of years of dedication and hard work by the Bath community, and at over 5 miles long, it is one of the longest public access trails in the area. Through the efforts of Bath Trails and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT), the Whiskeag Trail is now located entirely on public and protected land. The trail connects two popular KELT preserves, Sewall Woods and Thorne Head, to the Bath YMCA and the downtown business district. It also provides spectacular views of Whiskeag Creek and the Kennebec River.

At the celebration, participants will receive a complimentary trail snack goody-bag and a shuttle will be available to transport hikers to cars parked at the YMCA at the completion of the walk. For maps of the trail, please visit www.cityofbath.com/bath_bathtrails.html or www.kennebecestuary.org.

Bath Trails is a partnership of Bath City government, local schools, non-profits, individual hikers and bicycle riders, and private businesses, with a mission set on the creation, connection, and maintenance of a network of multi-use trails for recreation, transportation, and a healthier community. Visit www.cityofbath.com/bath_bathtrails.html for more information.