Ben Godsoe and Devin Littlefield building trail in Madrid TWP

MADRID: Volunteers are slated to work on August 21 and 28th on the first 2.5-mile segment of a proposed 35-mile large landscape, back country trail stretching from Strong to Oquossoc.

Named for the noted Maine Guide Cornelia “Fly Rod” Crosby, the proposed trail will be three years in the making as existing trails are linked together and new ones are created.  Along the way there will be signage about the cultural and natural history of the area. At one point, the trail will cross over the Appalachian Trail.

“Conceived by the High Peaks Alliance in Phillips, where Crosby was born, and with support from  the Sandy River Land Trust, the trail will be built entirely by volunteer labor,” says Ben Godsoe of Madrid and the Maine Conservation Corp.

The first 2.5-mile segment will be a new footpath along the Orbeton Stream in Madrid. It was  laid out by Devin Littlefield, a Mount Abram High school student from Freeman Township and an intern with the Maine Conservation Corps this summer..

Godsoe  is asking those who would like to help out either on August 21 or 28th to meet at the ATV/snowmobile kiosk near the Reeds Mill Road bridge over the Orbeton Stream at 10 am. Work will continue to about 3pm each day. There will be a celebration cook out on the 28th.

Volunteers should bring: 1) sturdy footwear and work clothing

2) If you have your own tools we strongly recommend you bring them. If you don’t, they will be provided.

If you would like to help out on one or both of the volunteer days or want more information, contact Ben Godsoe at or 207-578-0306