The East Grand Highlands Trail: A Community Hiking Project
A NEW TRAIL SYSTEM IN DANFORTH
Chiputneticook, the Passamaquoddy name for our part of the St. Croix system, literally means “lakes among high hills.” It is an area of profound beauty and topographical interest. While much of the area’s natural beauty is accessible from the water, hiking trails can provide those on foot with an opportunity to experience some of this country.
Additionally, this is a time when education and outreach to the general public and active community involvement are more important than ever. As national trends regarding childhood obesity and nature-deficit disorder suggest, we need as many opportunities as possible for children and families to engage in the great outdoors and create meaningful nature-based memories.
Thus, when the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust was approached by a group from the Danforth area who felt the community could benefit from a trail system for hiking, WWLT staff and volunteers responded to the needs of the community by establishing the East Grand Highlands Trails. The trails became the first hiking area in Danfroth and were initially made possible through the generosity of the David B. Snow Jr. Family Trust, which granted an easement across a scenic portion of its land that overlooks Sucker Lake.
The trail head is on the east side of US Route 1, just south of downtown Danforth and 200 yards north of the Greenland Cove Road. The trail network extends up a hill and then splits to both circumnavigate Sucker Lake to the right (Sucker Lake Trail, medium difficulty, 1.55 miles) and extend further up the mountain to the left (Overlook Trail, easy difficulty, 1.6 miles). Areas constructed by the WWLT exist for picnicking at the Scenic Overlook area, on the shores of Sucker Lake, and on the eastern shores of nearby Greenland Island. A third trail called the Boulder Ridge Trail (medium difficulty, 0.88 miles), which will connect the Sucker Lake and Overlook Picnic areas, is in the process of being constructed and will be completed by the end of 2018.
The Snow family stated that they are “happy to allow the use of the land for the trails so that people can enjoy the natural beauty of the space”. Additionally, Steve Mine, who has driven forward the project for the trust, highlihgts that the trails are built on “a very beautiful area strewn with an abundance of fern covered glacial erratic boulders of all sizes and some areas of majestic old growth timber.”
If you are interested in supporting this exciting project and helping to maintain and extend existing trails, please send a donation to the Woodie Wheaton Land Trust, 2 Grove Road, Forest City, Maine 04413, and note “EGH Trail Project” in the memo section. If you wish to donate your time and services, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Overlook Trail (Easy)
Sucker Lake Trail (Moderate-Hard)
Boulder Ridge Trail (Moderate)
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILS
Stay on US-1 North for approx. 9.8 miles
Trailhead parking lot is immediately off US-1 on the right (soon after the Greenland Cove Campground sign). A large trail kiosk and yellow gate is visible.
Take US-1 South towards Danforth until you arrive in Danforth. Make a left at the stop sign and continue to follow US-1. Stay on US-1 for approx. 3 miles. Trailhead parking lot is immediately off US- 1 on the left.
OFFICIAL EAST GRAND HIGHLANDS TRAIL MAP
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR TRAIL SPONSORS!