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Region: The Maine Highlands
Highlights: beaches, swimming holes, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, low traffic, mountain views, rural
|16-mile ride||16||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|31-mile ride||31||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|47-mile ride||47||Challenging terrain for experienced cyclists|
|56-mile ride||56||Challenging terrain for experienced cyclists|
Beautiful lakes, streams, potato farms, mountains, and vast tracts of wooded land make for lovely, scenic rides in this part of Maine. The 16-mile loop provides a gentle introduction to road biking on low-traffic roads through rolling farmland with a view of Ripley Pond. The 31-mile loop includes a visit to Dexter and Wassookeag Lake. The 47-mile loop goes through the towns of Sangerville, Guilford, and Cambridge.
The pleasant 56-mile ride takes cyclists through portions of three Maine counties: Piscataquis, Somerset, and Penobscot. The loop includes the communities of Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, and Cambridge. Access to these communities is easy because of the well-maintained highways and rural roads.
Special features: Historic and friendly communities of St. Albans, Dexter, Dover- Foxcroft, and Guilford; mountain scenery, scenic lakes and rivers, and potato farms
Road conditions: Generally good; some shoulders; some broken pavement, short gravel section, uneven surfaces, and soft shoulders
Cautions: Moderate traffic. Some roads have no shoulders. .
Starting point: Rides originate at the Indian Lake Dam parking area in the village of St. Albans, just east of the intersections of ME 152/23 and ME 43. From I-95, take Exit 150 in Pittsfield and follow ME 152 through Hartland to St. Albans and the start of the tour.