Regional Trails - Themed, Self-Guided Trails

Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium (SISS) — Four Symposia have taken place, resulting in 27 sculptures that make up the new Sculpture Trail of Maine.  The fifth symposium will occur in 2014.  The (SISS) is an artist in residency program that gives sculptors from Maine and around the world the opportunity to create a single piece of public art created in Maine granite within the environmental and cultural context of individual communities.  The finished works are part of a collection that spreads throughout the Downeast region.  (The SISS is connected to Sculpture St. John, a similar symposium in New Brunswick.)  Tour maps are available on-line and formal tours are independently organized.  The project is supported through donations from the local communities, general fundraising, grants, and in kind support. 

Nine sculptures are located along the Bold Coast Scenic Byway, and several of these are also Downeast Fisheries Trail sites.  The sculptures integrate art, culture, history, and location.  Opportunities exist for collaboration on interpretive signage and mapping. Scenic Byway communities with current or intended sculpture sites include:  

Steuben 

Milbridge 

Harrington

Addison 

Jonesport 

Roque Bluffs

Machias

Lubec 

Eastport

Ice Age Trail – The Ice Age Trail was created under the direction of the Quaternary Studies program at the University of Maine, in collaboration with other partners. The trail highlights significant geological sites related to the most recent Ice Age when Maine was covered in a giant ice sheet. The Ice Age Trail is comprised of the finest and most accessible of these features.  It follows the margins of the last great North American continental ice sheet and coincides with many Downeast tourist attractions.  The Maine Ice Age Trail map is sold through the University of Maine bookstore is also available for free download on the website. 

Lighthouses and Lobsters – A brochure created by Downeast Acadia Regional Tourism provides information about the 27 lighthouses located in the Downeast Region, and provides the base destinations for a “lighthouses and lobsters” themed vacation.  Brochures are available at area Chambers of Commerce.  More information about area lighthouses and other destinations along the way can be found at www.downeastacadia.com