MILLINOCKET — A 23-mile all-terrain vehicle trail in the Katahdin region is nearing completion.

Contractor Rudy Pelletier says the goal is to have the trail open in time for Millinocket’s third annual Trails End Festival, Sept. 16-18.

The Bangor Daily News says the trail will start at the Northern Timber Cruisers Snowmobile Club and run to a multiuse recreational bridge near Route 11 west of town. The second phase of the project will run to Seboeis, where it will connect with the statewide ATV trail network.

Efforts to build the trail began about four years ago after business owners complained that the lack of trails deprived the Katahdin region of hundreds of thousands of dollars that flow annually into ATV areas in other states.