Getting To Know The Whiskeag Trail

Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM
Location:
North of High Street
Bath, Maine 04530

Join Bath Trails to celebrate the coming of summer and National Trails Day by hiking the 5 mile long Whiskeag Trail on Saturday, June 7. Participants can park cars at the Bath YMCA at 9:00 am and catch the Bath Trolley to Thorne Head Preserve to start the hike. We will hike the trail back to the YMCA. This free event is perfect for kids, families, adults, scout troops, and community clubs.

In some communities, groups of neighbors or friends have traditions of hiking a trail on a particular day, year after year. Bath Trails would like to create a similar opportunity on the Whiskeag Trail at the end of spring to welcome the warm weather months. Start off summer with a hike to encourage outside activity all season long!

The hike will be lead by Bath Trail's trail stewards with lessons by local naturalists along the way. Learn about the flora and fauna that make their home along the trail or try out geocaching, the use of Global Positioning System receivers (GPS units) to hide and seek containers (geocaches or caches).

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, the City of Bath, and the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT), the Whiskeag Trail is 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.

Please register for the Getting to Know the Whiskeag Trail by contacting Becky Kolak at 207-442-8400 or bkolak@kennebecestuary.org. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult to participate. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome. The Bath YMCA is located at 303 Centre Street. The Bath Trolley will take participants from the YMCA to Thorne Head until 9:45am.

This event is made possible by the Public Lands Every Day program generously sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.

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. For more information, visit www.cityofbath.com/Bath-Trails.

For more information, please contact Becky Kolak (bkolak@kennebecestuary.org) or John Swenson (jsswenson@gmail.com)