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Midcoast Maine is a wonderful region that stretches from Portland to Acadia. Highlights of this 166 mile ride from Bath to Ellsworth include Boothbay Harbor, Permaquid Point & Lighthouse, and Camden.

 

Ride to Maine

 

 

Leave Bath and ride east on Route 1 across the Kennebec River and Hanson's Bay to Wicasset. Pass Red's Eats and cross the Sheepscot River. Turn south on Route 27 and follow it down to Boothbay Harbor.

 

Map 1 below shows Boothbay Harbor. Commercial Street is one-way and we need to loop around before parking by the footbridge. There is a bathroom in the coffee shop near the parking (among other spots.) Be sure to walk out on the footbridge and bring a camera. It is also a nice walk among the shops along the waterfront.

Map 1: Boothbay Harbor

 


Boothbay Harbor Footbridge

 

Leave Boothbay Harbor and follow Route 96 down to fantastic Ocean Point and Shore Road. Park your bike and enjoy the view from the rocks.


Ocean Point - Shore Road

 

Leave Ocean Point and follow River Road north along the Damariscotta River to Newcastle. Cross the river to Damariscotta and then turn south on Routes 129 and 130 to Permaquid.

Below (map 2) is a zoomed map of Permaquid Point. The Seagull Restaurant has good food and great views. Park in the restaurant lot (it is free.) Take the stairs behind the restaurant down to the rocks for a great view of the lighthouse. There is a small charge if you wish to visit the museum.

Map 2: Permaquid Point and Lighthouse

 


Permaquid Point and Lighthouse

 

Ride Route 32 north along Muscongas Sound and the Medomak River to Waldoboro. Follow Route 1 and Route 90 east to Rockport. Turn north, ride through the Camden Arch and down to the harbor.


Camden Arch

 

In Camden, park in the big lot by the Harbormaster (map 3.) From there you get a nice view of the harbor and the double waterfall. There are public restrooms right next to the parking area. Walk along the great shops on Main Street over to the library on the corner of Atlantic and Main. Walk across the grounds to the gazebo for a great view of the harbor. Finally walk across Atlantic Ave and down the walkway to Harbor Park and the base of the waterfall where there are great views all around.

Map 3: Camden

 


Camden Library View

 

Leave Camden and ride Route 52 north along the backside of Camden Hills State Park and along Megunticook Lake. Continue north to Belfast.


Route 52

 

Cross the Passagassawakeag River (hold your nose) and pass Searsport and the Penobscot River on your way to to Fort Knox and the Penobscot Observatory atop the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Park by the fort for both locations. Your observatory ticket is good for the fort as well. Take an elevator to the top of the bridge for a great view.


Penobscot Bridge Observatory

 

 

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Fort Knox

 

Ride over the bridge and stay on Route 1 and follow it west to Ellsworth.