Atlantic Way is a scenic in and out trail in Saco Maine. The trail offers a varied landscape as it runs through a forest and a marsh, making it a very enjoyable trail for visitors of most abilities. The trail is ideal for hiking, running as well as mountain biking.
From the trailhead kiosk, the trail moves through a pine and birch forest, with leaves completely covering the ground. The trail intersects alternate trails along the way, which are marked by signs, this includes the Plymouth Trail, which is also connected to the Vines Trail. 0.1 miles in from the Plymouth intersection the trail proceeds through the Goosefare Brook Marsh for 0.2 miles before reaching Seaside Avenue. The Marsh is a favorite spot for ducks and birds, so keep a good lookout, in fact, the whole trail is known for wildlife spotting including deer and turkeys.
To make the trail easier, a new wooden bridge has been installed over the concrete culvert, to replace the previous eroded and damaged one, thanks to John Riordan, Jim Burnell, and other volunteers. The in and out trail without any stoppage takes around 40 minutes. However, it is recommended to carry an insect repellent in your backpack, as the trail has its fair share of pesky bugs. Parking is possible at the wide shoulder near the trailhead.
Saco Maine offers multiple trails, preserves and parks of which Atlantic Way may not be the largest or the most scenic. Having said this this trail still has its charm and is not to be dismissed, offering a pleasant natural environment for a short walk or a run. It is also in close proximity to Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.