Bicycling

Enjoy scenic rides through evergreen woods, open farmlands, working forests and quaint towns and villages.  The following tours were created by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and more information on these tours and others can be found here.

Here are the trails in The Maine Highlands Region:

The Katahdin Area Trail: Challenging

The north Maine woods and the state’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin, provide the dramatic backdrop for this extremely challenging sixty mile loop.  The final stretch between Patten, Sherman, and Island Falls lies in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, and the views of the peak are awe-inspiring. Be sure to stop at the Lumberman’s Museum in Patten – they have an incredible display of lumbering artifacts.

Alternate #1 is a shorter thirty-five mile loop that’s nearly as scenic and which includes the southern half of this loop.

Special Features include: Spectacular views of Mt. Katahdin; the Lumberman’s Museum in Patten; abundant views of wildlife including moose, birds and deer.

The Heart of Penobscot County: Moderate

This is a land where lumber once was king. Every town and village along the route of this ninety-two mile ride for cyclists is replete with reminders of that heritage. The ride follows the Penobscot River from Bangor to Howland, before swinging west along the Piscataquis River, and finally south through the agricultural land of western Penobscot County.

Special Features include: Views of Penobscot and Piscataquis rivers; walking tour of historic Bangor; Leonards Mills Museum in Bradley; wildlife viewing.

For a more detailed description of this trail, please click here.

The Penquis Tour: Moderate

This pleasant fifty-five mile ride (shorter sixteen, thirty, and fourty-six mile options are available) takes cyclists through potitions of three Maine counties: Penobscot, Piscataquis and Somerset. Recreation is abundant because of the presence of several lakes, streams and vast tracts of wooded land. This bike tour offers terrific views of mountain scenery, scenic lakes, rivers and potato farms.

Alternate #1, is a short sixteen mile loop providing a gentle introduction to road biking down low-volume roads through rolling farmland with a view of Ripley Pond.

Alternate #2, provides an intermediate thirty mile loop which includes a visit to Dexter and Wassookeag Lake.

Alternate #3, provides a slightly shorter fourty-six mile tour.

Special features include: Historic and friendly communities of Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft and Guilford; mountain scenery; scenic lakes and rivers and potato farms.

For a more detailed description of this trail, please click here.

Up, Down and Around Bangor: Moderate

This tour is designed as a short, urban tour to see the highlights of one of Maine’s largest cities. The tour is entirely on urban streets and riders must be skilled in navigating through traffic. Be sure to take time to stop and see the points of interest along the way. 

Special features include: Views of the Penobscot River; historic homes, schools and historic water standpipe.

For a more detailed description of this trail, please click here.

Sebasticook Valley Tour: Moderate

These pleasant loops take cyclists through twelve different towns of the Sebasticook Valley region. This region provides scenic views of Big Indian Pond, Sebasticook Lake and Plymouth Pond. The Sebasticook River intersects at many points along the tour. Scenery along the tour includes a mixture of rolling farmland, forest and quaint villages.

This tour provides both on-road and off-road possibilities. While the designated tours stay on public roads, the enterprising trip planner can use the Newport to Dexter rail trail or the Pittsfield to Hartland rail trail if some off-road experience is desired. Note that these rail trails can be muddy or soft in places and are shared with ATVs.

Special features include: Numerous lakes and ponds; rolling farmland; mountain views.

For a more detailed description of this trail, please click here.


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