Town of Cape Elizabeth Greenbelt Trails Map

(August 2011 - download map)

Trail Names and Numbers
Trail No. 1- Stonegate Trail Trail No. 2 - Hobstone Woods Trail
Trail No. 3 - Broad Cove Trail Trail No. 4 - Great Pond Trail
Trail No. 5 - Town Center Trail Trail No. 6 - Runaway Farm Trail
Trail No. 7 - Spurwink Trail Trail No. 8 - Dyer-Hutchinson Farm
Trail No. 9 - Gull Crest Trail Trail No. 10 - Cross Hill Trails
Trail No. 11 - Robinson Woods Trail No. 12 - Two Lights Trails
Trail No. 13 - Winnick Woods Trail No. 14 - Whaleback Trails
Trail No. 15 - Leighton Farms Trail Trail No. 16 - Dyer Woods
Trail No. 17 - Turkey Hill Trail No. 18 - Scott Dyer Trail
  Cross Town Trail

More information about conservation easements, including deeds for most properties, is available on our MapGeo GIS mapping service. (Select "Conservation Parcels" on thematic overlay menu)

Summary of Town Greenbelt System

The Town of Cape Elizabeth maintains a greenbelt trail system that offers public access to over 1,100 acres of land.

A greenbelt trail is a nature path, sidewalk, boardwalk, bridge or other facility intended primarily for pedestrians. The Town of Cape Elizabeth Greenbelt Trail has been continually growing since it began in the 1970’s. The Town is constantly looking to expand the public greenbelt trail system. The current greenbelt offers over 15 miles of trails.

From 1988 to the present, the Town of Cape Elizabeth has spent over $2 million to purchase land and easements for open space. An additional 330 acres have been added to town ownership and open space preservation through Planning Board development review.

The Conservation Commission is a 7 member volunteer board appointed by the Town Council. The Conservation Commission is the steward of the town greenbelt system. They have a modest annual maintenance budget to maintain town trails. In 2011, this budget was supplemented with a seasonal Public Works employee for a dedicated 20 hours/week for trail maintenance. The Conservation Commission has built over a dozen bridges and an estimated 3,000 linear feet of boardwalk, in many cases with and partnerships with the New England Mountain Biking Association (NEMBA), the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Rotary, Eagle Scout Candidates, and students needing service projects.

The Town Greenbelt Trails map identifies public open space parcels in the following categories:

Town owned: Parcels in this category are shown as solid green and are owned by the Town of Cape Elizabeth for the primary purpose of open space. Parcels shown as solid blue are also owned by the town, but are not primarily owned for open space. Nonetheless, the blue parcels offer open space opportunities and are included the Greenbelt Trail system. Some green parcels have restrictions in the deed protecting the land from development and other parcels have no restrictions but have been recognized as open space.

Town easements: Parcels or portions of parcels in this category are shown as green striped. The stripe indicates that the town has rights on the parcel, usually for public access and protection from development. The parcel itself is owned privately, however. It is particularly important to remain on the trail on these parcels in order to avoid trespassing onto private property.

CELT owned: Parcels in this category are shown as solid orange. The parcel is owned by the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust (CELT), a private non-profit organization that preserves open space in Cape Elizabeth. CELT and the Town of Cape Elizabeth have often partnered to protect open space, but CELT is a private group separate from town governance. Not all CELT parcels are accessible to the public.

CELT easements: Parcels or portions of parcels in this category are shown as orange striped. The stripe indicates that CELT holds rights on the parcel that is owned by someone else. Rights usually include a prohibition against development and most also allow public access. Again, it is important to stay on the trails in order to avoid trespassing onto private property.

State and Federal lands: Parcels shown in solid brown are owned by the State of Maine or the United States Government and are can be open space where public access is allowed.