The Waldoboro Conservation Commission officially opened the Town Forest Trail on July 1.

The trail, passing through an ancient hemlock forest, is an important site for hiking and cross-country skiing.

“The trail is still a work in progress," Commission member Edward Fisher said on the town's website.

"We need to maintain some of the wet spots, but we want our residents and their pets to start using the trail and enjoying the hemlock grove," Fisher said.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the trail head located at the west end of the commuter parking lot at the top of Route 1.

Many thanks were given to former selectman Ted Wooster for caring for parts of the trail for many years and to Waldoboro Public Works Department for removing tires that had been present.

There are future plans for a kiosk and trail maps, according to Caren Clark of the Medomak Valley Land Trust.