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Highlights: hiking trails, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, rural, wildlife
|14-mile Ride||14||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|38-mile Ride||38||Challenging terrain for experienced cyclists|
|40-mile Ride||40||Challenging terrain for experienced cyclists|
Located on the shore of the St. John River, the border between Canada and the United States, Fort Kent in Aroostook County offers a convenient point from which to explore the uppermost reaches of Maine. It is home to French Acadian ancestors, and you can hear the bilingual influence in the lilt of the voices of its people. Fort Kent is a warm and spirited community, offering hospitality, natural beauty, and lots of interesting things to do.
The 14- and 38-mile loops have some short hard-packed gravel sections (see the cue sheet). The 40-mile loop is all on paved roads. You will ride by rural farms, fields, and water views with many opportunities to see wildlife. Watch for moose!
To visit Canada, be sure to have your passport with you.
Special features: Historic Fort Kent Railroad Station; Fort Kent Blockhouse; Fort Ingall; TÉmiscouata Rose Garden; The Heritage Trail; numerous lakes and rivers; northern terminus of US 1 (marker on Main Street); University of Maine at Fort Kent
Road conditions: Narrow rural roads with no shoulders, some gravel roads
Cautions: Watch for logging trucks on all roads. Some roads have no shoulders.
Starting point: All rides begin and end at the Park & Ride lot at the Fort Kent Municipal Building on Main Street.