Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.” — John F. Kennedy
The sun shines brightly, the sky seems impossibly blue, and you’re on a two-wheeler with nothing but nature as a companion. Can life get any better? Only if you’re in mid-coast Maine with the wind at your back, an impossibly blue sky above, and the road rising up to greet you.
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.
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.
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.
For the truly adventurous, you can extend your bike tour of the mid-coast region by hopping on a ferry to the islands of Vinalhaven, North Haven, or Matinicus in Rockland, or out to Monhegan Island via ferry from Port Clyde. The beauty of cycling in the mid-coast of 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.
We would be delighted to host you at the Berry Manor Inn, located in the historic district of Rockland, Maine and considered one of mid-coast Maine’s premier luxury inns. Afterall, you’re going to need a little luxury after an exhilarating bike ride in the fresh salt air along the rocky shore.