Healthy Maine Walks (ME)
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is working with a coalition of state agencies and organizations in Maine on an exciting new initiative called Healthy Maine Walks. Their goal is to advocate for healthier lifestyles through the promotion of walking routes.
Responding to the alarming increase in cardiovascular disease and obesity in America, RTC and its partners created a program that makes it easier for people to be more physically active. According to health experts, it takes just 30 minutes of walking each day to become more physically fit, and Healthy Maine Walks seeks to find safe, attractive and accessible places to walk.
Through this initiative, RTC and Coalition members will promote a network of trails and other walking routes throughout Maine. This includes rail-trails, but also a variety of walking routes. The Healthy Maine Walks Web site has a registry of walking routes, as well as health facts and information about trail development.
Check out the Web site at and find information on walking routes including the following rail-trails: Kennebec River Rail-Trail, Farmington to Jay Rail-Trail, Mountain Division Rail-Trail, South Portland Greenbelt and the Eastern Promenade Trail.
RTC partners include the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Maine Cardiovascular Health Program, Maine Department of Conservation, Maine Department of Transportation, Maine Recreation and Park Association, National Park Service River and Trails Program, Maine Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports, Health and Wellness, and Southern Maine Volkssport Association.