Down East Sunrise Trail

85 miles of year-round, multi-use trails

The Down East Sunrise Trail was established through cooperative agreements between the Maine DOT and the Maine Department of Conservation.  The gravel-based trail follows the Calais Branch rail corridor and is managed for use by outdoor enthusiasts all year long.  The trail goes from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction, passing through Washington Junction, Cherryfield, and Machias.


  • ATV riding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Dog sledding
  • Hiking (trails)
  • Horseback riding
  • Off-road biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Wildlife watching


DEST Map & Guide with Overview
DEST Maps Overview
Washington Junction to Cherryfield Map
Cherryfield to Machias Map
Machias to Ayers Junction Map
DEST Trail Map by Maine DOT
Distances, Mileages, Fuel Points & Restaurants along the DEST


  • Campground
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Trailered boat launch


Down East Sunrise Trail
Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry

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