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Region: Kennebec and Moose River Valley
Highlights: lake, pond, river views, rural
|Farms and Fields||21||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|China Lake Loop||38 (Ride continues from mile 12.4)||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|Challenging Hills and Rewarding Views||47 (Ride continues from mile 12.8)||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
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. All rides start from Waterville, home of Colby College. The 21-mile loop is a tour of farms and fields. The 38-mile loop goes around China Lake. Challenging hills and excellent views make the 47-mile loop a pleasure in spring, summer, or fall. Views abound from the hills above China Lake, and the villages along the way are charming. The hills are generally short but can be quite steep. There are endless possibilities for places to picnic. Plan to take a full day, as these rides should not be rushed.
Special features: Views of Kennebec River, China Lake, and surrounding countryside; historic Palermo; excellent picnic spots; picturesque small towns and farmland
Road conditions: Generally good; short stretch of well-graded unpaved road (for 0.8 mile on Parmenter Hill Road suitable for wider road bike tires)
Cautions: Some roads have no shoulders.
Starting point: All rides originate from Runnels Field parking area in Waterville. To get there, from I-95 take Exit 127 (Kennedy Memorial Drive) toward downtown Waterville. Turn right on ME 104 and go 0.5 mile. Turn right on Louise Avenue and look for signs to Runnels Field (a baseball field and park) on the left.