JAY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Snowmobilers got to take their first run down a new trail that connects Jay and Livermore Falls Saturday.
The hope is to have more than snowmobilers take off along the trail -- but local businesses, as well.
"Folks that want to snow shoe, cross country ski, or ride their snowmobile, they actually now have destinations that they can get to right in the middle of town," said Jonathan LaBonte, Executive Director of the Androscoggin Land Trust.
The ALT worked with the National Park Service, the Department of Conservation, and the owners of the Otis Mill in Jay to open the 2.3 mile extension of the Whistle-Stop Trail.
Before this section, there was no easy recreational access between the communities and their downtowns, according to Otis Mill owner Tim DeMillo.
He hopes the trail's proximity to his restaurant, the Mill Street Cafe, will bring in more business.
It's already bringing benefits to the surrounding communities of Livermore and Livermore Falls.
Bob Berry, a member of the Livermore Falls Downtown Betterment Group, said the trail helped snowmobilers get to the first Spruce Mountain Sled-In winter carnival in Livermore Falls.
"We're very thrilled with what's going on here," said Berry.
"Even though [Jay, Livermore, and Livermore Falls] are in different counties, we form one community, and this trail really helped bring together all three communities...and have one community event."