Ride rail to hike trails Aug. 28

Thu, 07/29/2021 - 7:00am

Midcoast Conservancy and Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway have partnered to offer a special adventure in Alna: A train ride to a guided hike on Trout Brook Preserve lets participants see this beautiful Midcoast area from two vantage points.

Riders board the train at Sheepscot Station for a 20-minute trip through the backwoods of Alna to Top of Mountain, where volunteers from Midcoast Conservancy will take them on a guided tour of the scenic Trout Brook Preserve.

The 126-acre preserve protects over 4,200 feet of the lower reaches of Trout Brook as well as frontage along the main stem of the Sheepscot River. A half-mile loop trail on the southern portion of the preserve traverses old orchards and pasture lands and affords a look at one of the wider sections of Trout Brook. Following the 1.5-hour guided hike, the historic steam train will return participants to Sheepscot Station.

Ticket price includes the train ride, the guided hike, as well as parking at Sheepscot. Trains for Ride the Rails to Hike the Trails depart Sheepscot Station at 97 Cross Road in Alna. The Saturday, Aug. 28 trip has an 11 a.m. departure time. To buy tickets, go to https://bit.ly/railtotrail