Maine Trail Finder aims to make it easier for Mainers to search and discover the most appropriate trails to meet their interests and abilities, using new search options and map features for finding and describing accessible trails.

In order to help people who use wheelchairs or have other mobility challenges, MTF looks to add photos of parking lots, trailhead access points, trail surfaces, and potential barriers to as many trails as possible.

“I know I tend to look for pictures more than anything to make an informed decision (on which trail to visit),” said Enock Glidden, adaptive athlete and MTF accessibility ambassador, according to a news release from the Center for Community GIS. “People don’t tend to know what is truly accessible and that can also vary widely for each individual. Descriptions are a great starting point, and for some that is their only method of information, but I do find visuals to be very helpful.”

MTF will be raffling off prizes to users who add photos of any of the listed categories to trails rated as “easy” on the site every week through the end of August. People can create a free MTF account and upload photos to the trail pages directly from a smart phone. To find out more about the details of the contest, visit mainetrailfinder.com.

A project of the Center for Community GIS, MTF has been helping Mainers and visitors to the state find people-powered outdoor adventures since 2010.

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