Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” — John F. Kennedy
Just imagine, you’re pedaling along the road with the sun shining brightly, the sky an impossible blue, with nothing but nature as a companion. Can life get any better? Only if you’re in riding a bike in Mid-Coast Maine.
Pull out a map and you’ll find literally dozens of tempting routes to choose from. What are you in the mood for? A gravel road through the countryside? A paved path that rambles through the woods? A coastal trail along a rocky shoreline? Or a blissful meander through the charming main streets and back roads of sleepy hamlets lining the Atlantic coast? The diversity of the mid-coast Maine terrain is what makes it the perfect choice for a biking adventure.
Tour 29: Rockland to Port Clyde Route
One of the best routes for guests of the Berry Manor Inn starts at the Maine Eastern Railroad Terminal on Pleasant Street in Rockland. Known simply as Tour 29: Rockland to Port Clyde on the Explore Maine website, you can choose from 3 loops differing in length and challenge. The 17-mile loop swings through Owls Head and offers spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and the offshore islands. The gentle terrain interspersed with a few hills is perfect for bicyclists of any ability.
Longer, More Challenging Rides
For a more challenging and longer route, try the 31-mile loop that passes the entrance to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, with its collection of antique bikes, or the 47-mile route, which encompasses the best of the region and eventually leads to the picturesque fishing village of Port Clyde. En route you’ll have an opportunity to take a side trip to Birch Point Beach State Park, Montpelier State Park, Tenant’s Harbor, and Spruce Head.
A Biking Adventure
For the truly adventurous, you can extend your bike tour of the mid-coast region. Just hop on a ferry to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, or Matinicus in Rockland. Or head out to Monhegan Island via the ferry from Port Clyde. The beauty of cycling in coastal Maine is the opportunity to encounter historical landmarks, remote beaches, scenic lighthouses, and spectacular ocean views. You can bring your own bike or rent one from a number of downtown locations.
After spending the day riding a bike in mid-coast Maine, come back to your elegant and comfortable room at Berry Manor Inn. We are happily located in the historic district of Rockland, Maine and considered one of mid-coast Maine’s premier luxury inns. You’re going to need a little luxury after an exhilarating bike ride in the fresh salt air.