BETH CONDON PATHWAY:
ROYAL RIVER TRAIL:
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Last Updated: July 14, 2020
Length: Beth Condon Pathway; 1.8 miles. Future Path Extension; 0.5 miles
Royal River Trail; 0.7 miles
Difficulty: Beth Condon Pathway; Easy. Flat paved trail.
Royal River Trail; Easy. Narrow paved trail, hilly.
To Start from Royal River Park (Royal River Trail); From I-295 take exit 15 to Route 1 north. Cross over Main St in Yarmouth and exit to York St down to Main St. Head right for 0.5 miles and turn right on E Elm St. Royal River Park will be on your right. Just past the park is the East Elm Street parking lot.
To Start from the Yarmouth Town Hall parking lot (Beth Condon Pathway); From I-295 take exit 15 to Route 1 north. Cross over Main St in Yarmouth and exit to York St down to Main St. Head right underneath Route 1 and turn left on Cleaves St. The Town Hall will be on your left.
The Beth Condon Pathway parallels Route 1 in Yarmouth. Beth Condon was a Yarmouth High School student who was fatally struck by a car while walking along the shoulder of Route 1. The Pathway was developed in her memory by family, friends and the Town, to provide a safe pathway for walkers and bikers. Behind Yarmouth Town Hall, the Pathway has a resting stop with stone benches at the Butterfly Garden, surrounding the Beth Condon Memorial. It crosses paths with the Royal River Trail which travels alongside the Royal River between Royal River Park and the Royal River Dam. For more information visit; ROYAL RIVER PARK , BETH CONDON PATHWAY & MAINE TRAIL FINDER .
The Beth Condon Pathway is part of the EAST COAST GREENWAY , a planned biking & hiking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida. When complete it will traverse 15 states with a mostly off-road path.
Beth Condon Pathway:
Starting from Portland St & Entrance to Yarmouth HS; I haven't checked out this section. The trail begins at the entrance road for Yarmouth High School.
Note; A narrow paved trail follows south alongside Portland St. The city has a good network of paved sidewalks throughout.
Heading north along the wide paved Beth Condon Pathway you cross some RR tracks before the trail turns left alongside Route 1. After 0.6 miles the trail turns left past the Yarmouth Town Hall parking lot to Cleaves St. Here you'll find the Beth Condon Memorial and Butterfly Garden. Head right out to Main St. Continue straight across to School St, then left past the ball field. I've checked out this section. Here the trail bears right between the ball field and tennis courts down through the woods to the Royal River at 1 mile. Informational signs.
Note; The Royal River Trail crosses here.
Continue straight across the bridge (this was part of the old 1898 Yarmouth & Freeport Trolley Line) and up to Route 1. The trail now travels east alongside Route 1 ending after 1.8 miles.
Note; The trail will be extended east another 0.5 miles in 2022/23.
Royal River Trail:
Starting from the East Elm Street parking lot;
Note; A narrow paved trail straight ahead brings you down to the Royal River. Benches & picnic tables. Left along E Elm St brings you to a bridge over the river where you can spot the top of a dam.
Heading west along E Elm St takes you over a power stream (fed a mill for water power), then left into Royal River Park. The parking lot is on your right. Informational signs line the route. The narrow paved Royal River Trail travels downhill. Pass a stone-dust trail on your right (leads up to William H Rowe School) before coming to Third Falls. The trail follows the river downstream bringing you to a bridge (this was part of the old 1898 Yarmouth & Freeport Trolley Line) over the river after 0.5 miles.
Note; The Beth Condon Pathway crosses here.
The trail then travels underneath Route 1 and along Royal River Reservoir to another dam. Very scenic. The trail then brings you out to Bridge St after 0.7 miles and the end of the trail. Look left to spot the old brick mill.
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