Bike Routes - Southern Aroostook


The Katahdin region has an abundance of natural resources, working forests, and farmlands. The "small town" atmosphere is very much alive in this region, bringing with it the serenity and security we remember from decades ago, when life wasn't in a fast lane, but moved rather slowly down the road, taking in the full beauty of its surroundings.

Katahdin View loops:

The 31-mile loop is very scenic and challenging with mountain views—including Mt. Katahdin, the state’s highest peak—and picturesque farms. The north Maine woods and Mt. Katahdin provide the dramatic backdrop for the extremely challenging 50-mile loop. This loop takes cyclists through woods, open farmland, small lumbering communities, and over hills that heave the roads from ridge to ridge—hills that make this ride memorable. The final stretch between Patten, Sherman, and Island Falls lies in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, and the views of the peak are awe-inspiring. Be sure to stop at the Lumberman's Museum in Patten. They have an incredible display of lumbering artifacts.

Special features: Spectacular views of Mt. Katahdin; Lumberman’s Museum (Patten); abundant views of wildlife including moose, birds, and deer

Road conditions: Generally fair to good. Touring or hybrid tires recommended.

Cautions: Pavement rough in some areas. Fast-moving logging trucks on all roads. Give them plenty of passing room! No services between Patten and Smyrna Mills (26 miles), so carry food, water, warm clothes, and a tire repair kit.

Starting point: Both rides begin at Patten Academy Alumni Park, which is opposite the junction of ME 11 and ME 159 north of downtown.

Penobscot River & Forest loops:

Medway (the starting point for these rides) is 11 miles from Millinocket, gateway to one of the largest wilderness areas in the country—Maine's north woods. This multimillion-acre region is home to Baxter State Park, whitewater rafting opportunities, hundreds of pristine lakes and rivers, and numerous wildlife. It’s incredible that this natural, unspoiled environment is just off I-95.

All three rides go along the west branch of the Penobscot River and pass by rural farms, forests, and logging communities. You will see views of Mt. Katahdin on the 68-mile ride.

Special features: Wildlife and birds; scenic Grindstone Falls with picnic area; view of Mt. Katahdin; Baxter State Park; Millinocket Historical Society Museum; art galleries in Millinocket

Road conditions: Generally fair to good. Watch for broken pavement.

Cautions: Logging trucks are common on roads in this area. Watch out for them. Some roads have no shoulders.

Starting point: All three rides begin at the Roy L. Powers Recreational Area parking lot on ME 157 in Medway. Take Exit 244 off I-95. Starting point is less than 2 miles west of exit.