The Mission

Connecting Waldo County communities through trails to celebrate our heritage of natural and working landscapes.

The Coalition

The Waldo County Trails Coalition (WCTC) is a collaborative project of nine Waldo County organizations working to create a year-round recreational footpath stretching from Unity to Belfast. The Coalition envisions the trail as a way to help protect and appreciate our natural environment, support our working landscape, and connect and strengthen communities.

The Coalition’s objectives are to support community wellness by creating more opportunities for outdoor recreation, environmental education, nature observation, and to deepen our sense of place. The Coalition also desires to support economic opportunity for farms, B & Bs, and area businesses through tourism.

The Trails

This recreational footpath is being developed for hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. When completed, the Hills to Sea Trail will stretch more than 40 miles from Unity to Belfast linking towns, schools and farms. It will connect with existing trails of Coalition partners and require new trails to be built. The cooperation of private landowners is central to its successful completion since the trail traverses privately owned and protected lands. Agreements with private landowners are done with a handshake and landowners maintain complete control of what takes place on their land and their continued participation. Maintaining this privilege requires everyone’s help in caring for the trail and respecting the land.

The first section was completed in 2013, a 6.3-mile leg from downtown Unity to MOFGA. The middle section of the trail is an existing 28-mile network that stretches from the edge of Freedom Village to Frye Mountain in Montville. Work is ongoing on both ends of the trail. If you would like to be involved with this exciting project or provide financial support please contact us today!

When completed the Hills to Sea Trail will wind its way to the coast through the towns of Unity, Thorndike, Knox, Freedom, Montville, Brooks, Waldo and Belfast.

Please observe these guidelines:

- Foot travel only
- Carry out what you carry in
- Keep dogs under control—especially near the alpaca farm next to MOFGA
- No camping or fires