DownEast Acadia Visitor Guidebook 2019 True Maine Visitor Guidebook - Page 22

Three words of advice for cyclists: bring your bike. The trail system in Acadia National Park is considered a masterwork of engineering, but amazing biking opportunities extend throughout the entire region. Try hopping on the ferry to Winter Harbor for a ride along the Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway. Take the kids to Campobello Island where you can ride 15 miles of carriage roads (bring a passport to access the Canadian island) or take the Downeast Sunrise Trail for a spin. The East Coast Greenway and US Bike Route 1 are on-road bicycling routes extending from Florida right through DownEast Acadia to Calais. Time spent paddling in DownEast Acadia can be enjoyed by anyone at any age or skill level. From the life-changing trips between and around the the tiny harbors of our numerous islands and coastal villages to the serenity to be found along our inland lakes, rivers, and bogs. Coastal paddlers with more experience should look to the Maine Island Trail first as a resource while flatwater paddlers and those getting started should look to Downeast Lakes and Orange River Water Trails. The Machias River Corridor offers river paddlers a challenge with a serving of white water, and the St. Croix International Waterway offers a two-nation paddling excursion—again, passports are required. Blazed trails crisscross the region, offering hikers of all kinds unlimited ways to flex their hiking muscles. Hike under a newly risen sun to the summit of Cadillac, or test your skills on the Precipice Trail. Explore the forests and bogs of the Schoodic Peninsula, or the bold coastal ledges in Cutler and Lubec. From an island hike on Great Wass to the steep climbs up Pigeon Hill, Blue Hill, or Tunk Mountain, there are hundreds of miles of coastal and inland trails for your enjoyment. Bring water, plan for the weather, and hike together. Be certain to share your plans if you hike alone. Whether close to town, out of the trunk of a car, or in the backwoods, camping in DownEast Acadia offers an unbelievably diverse number of ways to enjoy the nation’s favorite outdoor down-time activity. On foot, by bike, by car or ATV you can get to the many public and private campgrounds here where you will find accommodation for RVs and tent cabin sites on lakes, rivers, and even the ocean. Then there are the countless remote campsites to pick from. Expand your horizons further by picking up a paddle and taking a multi-day canoe-camping trip. Most remote campsites on public land come with picnic tables and fire pits. Now just remember to pack the marshmallows. Down East Sunrise Trail Remote camping. 20 | Sipayik Trail, Pleasant Point Hiking with a friend.