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National Park is a 47,000-acre Atlantic coast recreation
area primarily on Maine's Mount Desert Island. Its landscape
is marked by woodland, rocky beaches and glacier-scoured
granite peaks such as Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on
the United States’ East Coast. Among the wildlife are moose,
bear, whales and seabirds. The bayside town of Bar Harbor,
with restaurants and shops, is a popular gateway.
The entire route is approximately 130 miles, 4.5 hours. This does not include stops, so you should plan on a full day for this route. This ride has been broken down into 3 parts so riders do not get confused when the route crosses over itself.
Stop at the Hull's Cove Visitor Center to get your bearings and pay for admission. The motorcycle entrance fee is $20 and is valid for 7 days. The admission is good for rider and passenger. Alternatively, you can buy your pass online before you arrive: link. The Visitor's Center opens at 8:30am. It you arrive earlier, pay admission at the Sand Beach Entrance Station.
Part1 is approximately 40 miles, 1.5 hours. It starts from the hotel and goes to the Park Visitors Center, Hull's Cove Frenchman's Bay, Park Loop Road, Frenchman Islands, Porcupine Islands, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliff View, Bubble Rock, and Cadillac Mountain.
Part2 is approximately 28 miles, 1 hour. It starts from Cadillac Mountain and goes to Eagle Boat Launch, Sargeant Drive, Somes Sargeant View, Seal Harbor, and Bar Harbor. There are plenty of places in Bar Harbor for lunch.
Part3 is approximately 61 miles, 2.25 hours. It starts from Bar Harbor and goes to Selectman's Building Somesville, Long Pond, Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream Shop, Southwest Harbor View, Manset View, Scotty's Dockside, Manset, Seawall View, Bass Harbor Head Light, Tremont Scenic View, Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, and returns to the hotel. The Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream Shop has great blueberry pie and ice cream. Beal's Lobster Pier is a great lobster pound in Southwest Harbor for those that skipped lunch in Bar Harbor.
|Campobello & Eastport||Campobello||Campobello Island was the summer home of FDR. Highlights of
this route include the Blackwoods Scenic Byway, The Blueberry
Barrens around Machias, Quoddy Head State Park, Campobello
Island in Canada (bring your passport),
and Eastport. Cherryfield is known as the "wild Blueberry
Capital of the World" - the delicious berries are grown in
abundance on nearby hillsides and are harvested in late July
and early August.
This route is approximately 277 miles and, with stops built in, will take about 9.5 hours. About 1 hour after leaving the hotel you'll arrive at Helen's Machias where you can get breakfast as well as some of the best blueberry pie! You'll continue to Quoddy Head, Quoddy Head State Park (admission $4.00), Roosevelt Campobello International Park (free admission), East Quoddy Head_Light, Raye's Mustard Museum, Eastport, and after about 5 hours in total, arrive at Quoddy Bay Lobster for lunch before beginning the return ride back to the hotel.
|Downeast||Downeast (the long route)
Schoodic (the short route)
|Downeast refers to the coast from Penobscot Bay to the
Canadian border. Highlights include the Schoodic Peninsula,
Schoodic Scenic Byway, Blackwoods Scenic Byway, Roque Bluffs
State Park, The Blueberry Barrens around Machias, and Quoddy
Head State Park ($4.00, restrooms).
There are 2 versions of this ride, long and short.
The long route (Downeast) is approximately 239 miles and, with stops built in, will take about 9 hours. This route does cover some of the same roads as Campobello. Lunch is at Frank's Dockside in Lubec. (approx 6 1/2 hours without stops.), or stop somewhere along the way if you can't wait that long.
The short route (Schoodic) is approximately 152 miles and, with stops built in, will take about 6.5 hours. This ride includes the Schoodic Peninsula, Schoodic Scenic Byway, Blackwoods Scenic Byway, Fox Pond, and a nice loop around Graham Lake. Lunch is at Grammie Donuts Restaurant in Cherryfield or get takeout at the Millbridge Gulf lunch counter and picnic at Fox Pond.
|Moosehead||Moosehead||The Moosehead Lake Region is an outdoorsman's paradise on
the edge of the Maine wilderness. Highlights include the Route
201 Byway, and Moosehead Lake.
This route is approximately 298 miles and, with stops built in, will take about 9 hours. Highlights include the Old Canada Road (Route 201) Scenic Byway, and Moosehead Lake. Take a 24 mile round-trip side trip including some dirt roads to the B-52 Crash site if it is of interest. Lunch is in Greenville at the Rod & Reel Cafe.
|Penobscot Bay Region||Penobscot
|The Penobscot Bay Region is a pretty coastal region of
harbors, fishing villages, and the Camden Hills. Highlights
include Deer Isle, Castine, Fort Knox, the Penobscot
Observatory, and the view from Camden Hills State Park.
There are 2 versions of this ride, long and short.
The long route (Penobscot) is approximately 229 miles and, with stops built in, will take almost 10 hours. You'll visit most of the best spots in the Penobscot Bay Region. Highlights include Deer Isle, Castine, the west shore of Penobscot Bay, Camden, Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park ($6.00), and the view from the Penobscot Observatory. Lunch is at Carrier's Mainely Lobster in Bucksport or MarKel's Bakehouse in Castine (approx. 6 1/2 hours without stops).
The short route (PenobscotShort) is approximately 161 miles and, with stops built in, will take about 9 hours. This ride is for those that want to savor the best of the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle. This ride explores many of the backroad scenic spots and interesting places to see. You'll want to get off your bike often to see the sights. Highlights include Deer Isle, Nervous Nellies, Stonington, Castine, Fort Knox, and the view from the Penobscot Observatory. Lunch is at Bagaduce Lunch in Brooksville. (approx. 5 hours without stops).
|POIs (Points of Interest)||Includes:
LL Bean - "The Flagship" in Freeport ME
Downeast Windjammer Cruise Lines, for an afternoon cruise on a schooner, Bar Harbor ME
Odyssey Whale Watching in Portland ME
Downeast Scenic Railroad in Ellsworth ME
Carriages of Acadia in Acadia National Park ME
The Telephone Museum in Ellsworth ME
Timber' Tina's Great Maine Lumberjack Show in Trenton ME
Eastport Statue in Eastport ME
Seal Cove Auto Museum in Mount Desert Island ME
|All Routes & POIs||Garmin GPS file format:
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ZIP file with both: Download.zip
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Ellsworth, ME 04605
Phone: (207) 667-9341
Email: Andrea Glidden, General Manager, email@example.com
Front Desk Hours: 24-Hour Reception Desk
Key Amenities: Non-smoking, Free WiFi, Free Breakfast, Onsite Parking, Pet Friendly, Pool - Indoor, Fitness Center, Flat-screen TVs, Laundry Facilities.
If camping is more to your liking, the Forest Ridge Campground is about 2 miles away from the Ellsworth Ramada. Please contact them directly for reservations at (207) 664-7070 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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