Maine Trail Center

Maintaining the Appalachian Trail in Maine For All to Safely Enjoy

Trail Champions is the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s fundraising campaign to create and sustain the Maine Trail Center, a multi-use facility centrally located in Skowhegan dedicated to improving and maintaining Maine’s section of the Appalachian Trail and filling a void for Maine-based sustainable trail design and construction skills training.

Founded in 1935, the Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is a volunteer-managed 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to assume responsibility for the management, maintenance and protection of the Appalachian Trail in Maine. MATC is responsible for improving and maintaining 267 miles of the A.T. in Maine from Grafton Notch to Katahdin, over 60-miles of related side trails, 43 campsites, and for monitoring 34,000 acres of National Park Service lands.

Trail Crew basecamp on the island in Dover-Foxcroft

Over the past 30 years, MATC has suffered the hardship of having to relocate its Trail Crew six times as a result of not having a suitable permanent, centralized, multipurpose facility from which to operate. Historically, the Trail Crew basecamp had been located on a small island in a lake in Dover-Foxcroft, which lacks safe drinking water and is accessible only by watercraft. Crew members traveled to a community center for showers and laundry.

The Dover-Foxcroft island property has been sold by the owner. The Trail
Crew will set-up a base camp at Lake George Regional Park in Skowhegan for the 2022
summer season, and will move to the Maine Trail Center in 2023.

MATC is responsible for 267 miles of  the A.T. footpath in Maine

Who will benefit from the Maine Trail Center?
The Maine Trail Center will meet the urgent needs of the Maine Trail Crew while providing a flexible space for a wide range of organizational functions, meetings, and trainings. In a survey of the Maine Land Trust Network, many of the state’s 90-plus land trusts  expressed a need for training, including trail design, building, maintenance, restoration and  chainsaw use. There is no single site that offers training in these skills anywhere in Maine;  the Trail Center will fill that void.

The Maine Trail Center will also benefit Maine residents and visitors. The A.T., in Maine, which charges no fees, is the largest network of hiking trails in the state. Hikers spend over 92,000 days on the trail each year. Maine residents and families, visitors from around the nation and foreign countries, college and youth groups, and long distance backpackers enjoy this resource. MATC provides  opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to camp, hike and participate in the stewardship of public lands.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Can You Help?

Contact Uscampaign@matc.org