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April 1, 2010 | Statewide, Me | more info
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Explore Maine By Bike
Cyclists flock to this region known for its outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities, including biking, hiking, canoeing, whitewater rafting and fishing. Cyclists looking for history and culture will enjoy spending time in Augusta, the state’s storied capital, and shopping in nearby Hallowell.
Highlights: historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, low traffic, mountain views, rural, wildlife
Long used by Native Americans as a thoroughfare between the St. Lawrence River Valley and the sea, the Kennebec River Valley was later settled by Europeans who attempted to scrape out a living from the rocky soil. Farmers carrying their produce to market once traversed the same roads over which bicyclists now travel. Benedict Arnold also followed this route north to Canada during the Revolutionary War. Much of the route passes through hardwood forest, so autumn is an especially beautiful time to ride these loops.
Highlights: lake, pond, river views, rural
The China Lake region is one of the most popular recreational areas in Maine and has some of the state’s most attractive agricultural lands. Views abound from the hills above China Lake, and the villages along the way are charming. There are endless possibilities for places to picnic. Plan to take a full day, as these rides should not be rushed.
Highlights: beaches, swimming holes, hiking trails, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, urban
Augusta, Maine’s capital city, and its neighboring cities and towns are rich in history, culture, industry, and commerce. In scenic and historic Hallowell, you can bike on Water Street or walk your bike on the brick sidewalks. You can connect to the Rail Trail on either side of town. The Kennebec River Rail Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway. On the 42-mile loop, experience scenic views of Cobbosseecontee Lake (Cobbossee to locals), rolling farmland, apple orchards, and the Kennebec River.
Highlights: fairs, festivals, galleries, hiking trails, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, museums, rural, urban
This inland 160-mile river route connects Midcoast to Downeast Maine. On this route, cyclists explore three river valleys and the state capital. Be sure to leave plenty of time for exploration because there are numerous museums, historical sites, hiking trails and other interesting sites along the way.