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Region: Maine Lakes and Mountains
Highlights: lake, pond, river views, mountain views, rural
|Lake Auburn Loop
|Gentle terrain for almost all cyclists
|Auburn Countryside Loop
|Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists
These bike loops pass over constantly changing terrain, with short steep hills and narrow winding roads that are reminiscent of southern New England. Bicyclists meander through wooded countryside, passing small ponds and streams. The 10-mile loop takes riders around the perimeter of Lake Auburn?a popular local ride. The fun 34-mile loop takes riders over undulating terrain west of Auburn. This is a great tour if you only have a few hours to ride. Approaching Buckfield, the route climbs up to exposed ridges permitting views of Streaked Mountain and the Oxford Hills. The last leg hugs the shore of Lake Auburn, with a parade of scenic vistas from the many pullouts along Lake Shore Drive.
Special features: Fun variety of terrain; excellent views of Oxford Hills and Lake Auburn; farmland pastures with old stone walls; Hebron Academy
Road conditions: Generally fair
Cautions: Lots of narrow, winding roads with moderate traffic
Starting point: Both rides originate from the boat launch facility on ME 4 in Auburn. To get there, head north in Auburn on ME 4 toward Jay. Just after leaving the built-up area, look for the boat launch facility and Lake Auburn on your left.