Maine

The Ice Age Trail

Welcome to the Ice Age trail

The landscapes of Maine show many interesting features that were created by vast sheets of glacial ice that covered Canada and the northern United States during the last ice age. The Ice Age Trail will take those who visit to the finest and most accessible areas where these special features can be seen, since the trail follows the edges of the last great North American Continental Ice Sheet. The ice age had an extreme effect on the landscape of Maine. Experts indicate that the effect is the most dramatic in the "Down East" region, which stretches from Ellsworth to Lubec. Much of Harold Borns research has been done along the east coast of Maine, where Borns states that the evidence left by the retreat of the glacier is clear.

"There is really nothing like it in the rest of the state, "he asserted. "There are interesting features throughout the state, but nothing as exciting as what you find Down East."

The BubblesThese hills, called "The Bubbles", show rounded profiles caused by glacial sculpting of bedrock. Photo Courtesy of W.B. Thompson, Maine Geological Survey. Borns states that the Down East Ice Age Trail is about sea level rise, climate change and even archaeology.

"We have more than 40 sites, "he stated." All of them are based on research that we've done right here over the past 30 years or so."

The trail consists of stops along well-traveled highways as well as backcountry roads. Adventurers along the trail will journey from the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park to remote sand barrens that are home to the nation's largest blueberry crops. Maine's Ice Age Trail will educate people of all ages about the ice age and climate change in general, focusing particularly on eastern coastal Maine. The Ice Age Trail will also increase interest in science. Those who visit Maine and journey down Maine's Ice Age Trail will be intrigued and educated by the beauties left by the last great ice age.