The annual Cross Town Walk in Cape Elizabeth, which is held each year in celebration of National Trails Day, will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4. All attendees should meet near the lighthouse at Fort Williams Park.

In time for this year’s event, new Cross Town Trail signs have been installed the entire 7.5-mile length of the trail, which runs from Fort Williams to Crescent Beach.

For the past 40 years the town and the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust have both worked to preserve land and acquire public access rights to make this trail a reality, according to Town Planner Maureen O’Meara.

She said the Cross Town Trail actually includes several different trails that have been nurtured for decades. Of the 7.5 miles that make up the Cross Town Trail, O’Meara said, 4.1 miles are held by the town, the land trust holds another 1.3 miles and the remainder of the trail is on public roads.

The Cross Town Trail is located on publicly owned land, parcels owned by the land trust and on private land where property owners have provided rights for public access, she added.

What makes the trail special is that it also traverses the various ecosystems found in Cape. Starting with views of Casco Bay and the islands, the trail winds trough woodlands, past vernal pools and across bridges spanning fresh and saltwater habitats, O’Meara said.

Register for the walk at www.capecommunityservices.org.


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