Bike-friendly Maine

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Maine is the second most bike-friendly state in the nation, according to the The League of American Bicyclists. Good recognition for the efforts the state’s made to be more welcoming to cyclists.

Planning a cycling trip? Check the resources of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. It’s one-stop shopping for events, trails, rides, recommended routes, advocacy, and more. Another good resource is the Maine Department of Transportation’s Explore site, with detailed routes by region, complete with maps. Also here are details on the Maine sections of the East Coast Greenway.

Good bets for cyclists of all abilities include the Carriage Roads of Acadia National Park, Acadia’s Park Loop Road (before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m. to avoid the heavy duty tourist crowds), the Schoodic Loop, and on Maine’s offshore islands, especially Vinalhaven and North Haven. Inland, the Maine Huts and Trails network is great for mountain biking, with three full-service huts spaced at 10-12 mile intervals–so far.

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  1. Hello Hilary,

    I’ve been searching the Internet for someone with a good, working knowledge of Maine. I’m hoping to make a trip (from Los Angeles) to do research for my current novel, and I was wondering if you might be able to help my out. My full query is at my blog post here:

    https://kelliforniadreaming.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/the-maine-event/

    If you could take the time to check it out and let me know your thoughts, that would be amazing. Thanks so much.

    Cheers,

    Kelly

  2. Possibilities for remote small towns with lighthouses (details on all are in my Moon Coastal Maine book–grin). You wanted remote. If you want less remote, there are plenty of others, from south to north.

    • Pemaquid, home to Pemaquid Point LIght (on the Maine quarter). Least remote of all, and can be quite touristy during the summer.

    • Port Clyde, tip of St. George Peninsula, home to Marshall Point Light.

    • Monhegan Island (if you want an island)

    • Castine, plenty of Revolutionary War history, gorgeous town full of historic homes and dowagers; on Blue Hill Peninsula

    • Bass Harbor, part of Southwest Harbor, quite side of Mt. Desert Island (connected by causeway to mainland and home to Acadia National Park’s primary mass)

    • Prospect Harbor/Winter Harbor, on the Schoodic Peninsula (home to a section of Acadia National Park).

    • Lubec, home to candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light; it’s way Downeast, connected by bridge to Campobello Island (Canada) with East Quoddy Head at its end.

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