1. Travel

Maine's Most Scenic and Roads and Byways

By

Acadia Byway

The 40-mile scenic loop road through Acadia National Park offers views of the rugged Maine coastline as well as access to Bar Harbor, Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Otter Cliffs, Jordan Pond, Cadillac Mountain, and the ferry to the Cranberry Islands. The Park Loop Road was designed around biking and walking recreational activities.

Start and Endpoint: Designated an "All-American" Road, the route begins in Trenton, Maine at the Thompson Island Bridge. The Park Loop Road is closed from late November to mid-April.

For further information, contact: Acadia National Park

Old Canada Road Scenic Byway

The 78-mile byway winds alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, The Dead River, and vast forests, passing through villages and outposts that are much as they were at the turn of the century. It crosses the Appalachian National Scenic Trail at Caratunk and passes near Moxie Falls, the tallest waterfall in the state.

Start and Endpoint: From Twelve Corners, where US 201 intersects with SR 43, north along US 201 to the Canadian border.

For further information, contact: Maine Office of Tourism

Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway

The 36-mile byway winds through the mountains of Maine, passing over 33,000 acres of conserved public access lands. It crosses the Appalachian Trail twice and runs along the shores of Rangeley Lake, the centerpiece of 112 interconnected lakes and ponds scattered throughout the region. Recreational activities include fishing, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, and leaf watching.

Start and Endpoint: From Small Falls, it follows SR4 and SR17 to just south of Height of Land.

For further information, contact: Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce

Schoodic Scenic Byway

Traversing an unspoiled region of northeastern Maine, the 29-mile byway passes along villages and waterfronts, several lighthouses, the only mainland portion of Acadia National Park, and close to Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge. It offers views of Cadillac Mountain and Frenchman Bay, fields of blueberry, and wildflowers.

Start and Endpoint: Begins on US 1 where the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge crosses Taunton Bay. Continues through Sullivan to SR 186 in Gouldsboro, then follows SR 186 through Winter Harbor to the Schoodic Loop Road. After traversing the loop through Acadia National Park, the byway rejoins SR 186 in Birch Harbor and runs east, ending in Prospect Harbor.

For further information, contact: Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce

Return to National Scenic Byways Main Page

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.