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Region: Maine Lakes and Mountains
Highlights: historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, mountain views, rural, wildlife
|Cornshop Hop—An easy, short, scenic loop past local farm fields, markets, and fairgrounds||12||Gentle terrain for almost all cyclists|
|Fish Street Folley—A longer scenic loop past local farm fields, markets, and fairgrounds||17||Gentle terrain for almost all cyclists|
|Brownfield Beauty—A scenic down and back ride to Brownfield||19||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|Farm and Garden Ride—A scenic ride through the Saco Intervale with some of the best farmland in Maine. Views of the White Mountains to the west||21||Gentle terrain, some hills, for almost all cyclists|
Fryeburg is a unique one-day or multi-day trip destination packed with history, recreation opportunities, and great mountain views. The town is one of the oldest in the region and boasts 11 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Many of Fryeburg’s longest-standing landmarks are within the Main Street Historic District.
Fryeburg maintains 12 public parks, three of which are historic sites. Some parks are open spaces ideal for a picnic or bird watching, while others offer swimming, walking trails, tennis, or fishing. Music concerts are hosted at different park locations throughout the summer, including a beautiful performing arts center at Fryeburg Academy.
The 12-, 17-, and 21-mile rides build on each other, creating different rides on gentle country roads that meander through the Saco River Valley past farms, fields, and forests, with views of the western mountains. The 19-mile ride is a scenic down-and-back ride to Brownfield, which, because of the seven mountains surrounding the town, provides picturesque views.
Special features: Fryeburg Academy; historic Fryeburg village; views galore
Road conditions: Generally good; no shoulder on ME 113 or ME 5
Cautions: Heavy traffic on US 302; some roads without shoulders
Starting point: The 12-, 17-, and 21-mile rides begin at Fryeburg Academy Field House on Bradley St. The 19-mile ride begins at the Maine Visitor Information Center on US 302 west of Fryeburg.