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2020 Projects

Mahoosuc Pathways is pleased to announce it’s plans for trail building, maintenance, and stewardship for 2020. We are committed to increasing recreation opportunities and access to trails in the Mahoosuc region, and to that end have lined up a summer and fall of trail projects. 

The below list of projects is what we hope to accomplish this year but all of these projects are funding dependent, and that relationship is heightened during this time of uncertainty. For more information about contributing to project development, please contact Gabe Perkins, Executive Director at info@mahoosucpathways.org or 207.200.8240.

Bethel Pathway

In collaboration with the Town of Bethel, Mahoosuc Land Trust and Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, and with financial partnership from the State of Maine’s Recreational Trail Program (RTP), Bethel Rotary Clubs’ Jim Monahan Bequest Fund, and the citizens of Bethel, the popular Bethel Pathway will be extended two-thirds of a mile from its current terminus at Big Adventure to the Mahoosuc Land Trusts’ Universally Accessible Trail at the Valentine Farm Conservation Center. This connection will result in a full three miles of universal access trail.

Bethel Community Forest

  • Two miles of mountain bike trail

  • Rerouting and new sections of the existing hiking trail

  • Working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on repairing roads, trails, and landings from previous logging operations

  • The volunteer Management Team meets on the second Thursday of each month and the public is encouraged to attend

Crescent Park School

In 2020, we plan to add an additional one-third of a mile to the existing mountain bike trail. This new trail is funded by the Bethel Rotary Club and The Borderlands. The trail is the foundation for a new mountain bike program, launched in the summer of 2019, offered by Mahoosuc Kids Association.

Bingham Forest

Exploring hiking trail connections to the Bethel Community Forest and ski routes.

Pennacook Area Community Trails (PACT)

PACT, a project of MP, constructed one-half mile of mountain bike trail last fall that begins behind Mountain Valley High School in Rumford. Up to two miles of trail is slated to be added to the trail system this summer.

Bethel Village Trails (BVT)

Seasonal maintenance at BVT, located at The Bethel Inn Resort and on private lands, will continue to take place in 2020. Plans for upgrades include trail widening, trimming, and drainage work.

Bacon Hill

This trail system, located off Vernon St. in Albany Township, currently offers four miles of mountain bike trails. MP plans to build an additional mile of trail that will allow riders to ascend the summit of Big Bacon Hill.

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