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Highlights: beaches, swimming holes, festivals, galleries, historical landmarks, islands, lighthouses, museums, ocean views, state/national park
|17-mile ride||17||Gentle terrain, some hills, for almost all cyclists|
|31-mile ride||31||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
|47-mile ride||47||Moderate terrain, hilly, for intermediate cyclists|
In the old days, midcoast Maine was home to sailors, ships? captains, and entrepreneurs who quarried the nearby islands for granite used to build many of this country?s great public buildings. Today, many of the grand old homes have been restored, and the rolling countryside offers glimpses of the Camden Hills and Penobscot Bay.
The 17-mile loop includes Owls Head Light. From Ash Point, you will enjoy a memorable view of the islands and Penobscot Bay. The 31-mile loop provides some outstanding views of Penobscot Bay. A shorter loop, which is not described here, could begin by parking in St. George and doing a loop of the St. George peninsula. Two rides pass by the entrance of the Owls Head Transportation Museum, which has a collection of antique bicycles.
The enjoyable 47-mile loop takes in the best of the region, from the bustling town of Rockland to the tiny, picturesque fishing village of Port Clyde. Be sure to leave plenty of time for exploration. There are museums, state parks, lighthouses, and other sites of great interest on this ride. Two short optional side trips are well worth the ride. Consider extending your trip with a ferry ride out to Vinalhaven, North Haven, or Matinicus from the ferry terminal in Rockland or to Monhegan Island via a ferry ride from Port Clyde.
Special features: Historic Rockland; Owls Head Transportation Museum; Owls Head Light; village of Port Clyde; side trip to Birch Point Beach State Park; views of Vinalhaven and North Haven Islands, Penobscot Bay, and St. George River; Farnsworth Art Museum; Montpelier State Park and home of General Henry Knox; Marshall Point Light; side trip to Spruce Head; Tenants Harbor
Road conditions: Generally fair to good
Cautions: Limited shoulders; moderate to heavy traffic, especially in summer
Starting point: All rides originate from Maine Eastern Railroad Terminal in Rockland on Pleasant Street. Take US 1 to Rockland, follow signs to railroad terminal.