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We are dedicated to creating economic growth and prosperity by connecting communities through the development, maintenance, and promotion of a multi-use recreational trail network for human-powered activities for all ages and abilities.
Our work connects communities, local economies, supports healthy lifestyles, natural resources, and fosters respect for landowners.
What We Do
Trails are at the heart of Mahoosuc Pathways and our projects. We believe that economically strong communities are built around access to recreational trails, resulting in healthy lifestyles, increased area visitors, strengthened businesses, successful events, and conserved land. We partner with local governments and businesses, non-profit organizations, and private landowners to make trails a reality. In the Bethel Community Forest, we are embarking on permanent management of this shared community resource, with mountain bike, hiking, walking, and cross-country ski trail plans that balance ecological and recreational goals. The Forest can provide opportunities for snowmobile access and human-powered recreation. We advocated for extending the multi-use Bethel Pathway and in 2020 the Pathway will be extended by two-thirds of a mile, connecting to the Universally Accessible Trail at the Valentine Farm Conservation Center. At Bethel Village Trails, located at The Bethel Inn Resort, we manage an 18km cross-country ski trail system with eight miles of snowshoe and fat bike trails in the winter, and we built five miles of trails for summer mountain biking, walking and running. These trails serve as a base for cross-country skiing, mountain biking, fat biking and trail running events--from low-key weekly trail runs to high level Nordic skiing championship races. At Bacon Hill in Albany Township, we built four miles of intermediate and expert level mountain bike trails with more to come. In Rumford, at Pennacook Area Community Trails, we are constructing a mountain bike trail system that attracts riders and walkers alike. Connection and economic growth are what we--and trails--do for western Maine communities.
Our work is made possible by the generous donation of your land. By creating a trail or conservation easement, or donating the fee on your land, you receive many long-term benefits, including possible estate planning and tax benefits. Mahoosuc Pathways knows how to protect your land while at the same time providing a public benefit.