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Region: Downeast and Acadia
Length: 29 miles
Travel Time: 1.5 hours
Highlights: bicycling, canoeing, kayaking, foliage viewing, hiking trails, islands, lighthouses, mountain views, ocean views, state/national park, wildlife
Side Trips: Channing Chapel Public Library; Gouldsboro Village Library (Nat'l Register); Prospect Harbor Light (Nat'l Register); Mt. Desert Island; Quarry Wharf; Old Sullivan Stone Store (Nat'l Register); Sullivan Library & Historical Society; Tunk Mountain
This route passes through the only mainland section of Acadia National Park and beautiful Schoodic Point.
The cold North Atlantic waters of the downeast coast served historically as fishing grounds for Native cultures and the earliest Europeans. To this day, the harbors and coves are filled with lobster boats and wooden piers that come alive with the daily catch.
The shoreline is marked by lighthouses, wildflowers, osprey, eagles and views of Cadillac Mountain and Mount Desert Island. Blueberry barrens turn the surrounding hills violet and green in late summer and brilliant scarlet in the autumn. Seaside villages and working harbors from Sullivan to Prospect Harbor reveal well-preserved examples of simple New England architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries.