Welcome to the Bold Coast of Maine!
The Bold Coast region offers an experience unlike any other in the northeastern United States: a way of life intimately connected across millennia with a wild and scenic coastal environment.
Active fishing villages and prolific blueberry barrens reflect this historic relationship as people continue to harvest the natural bounty of land and sea, as their ancestors have done for hundreds, even thousands, of years.
Immerse yourself in the gentle pull of this magical landscape, where salt air rejuvenates the soul and people still work and play within nature’s rhythm – from the dailines of shifting tides and rising sun to a seasonal migration of fish, turning of leaf, and warming of soil.
From the Schoodic Peninsula and Acadia National Park to the international border community of Calais, the Bold Coast is rich in unspoiled vistas and strong cultural traditions.
Iconic wild blueberry barrens stretch as far as the eye can see. Mossy forests yield to tidal marshes and bays. Sparkling lakes, rivers, and streams flow into commercial fishing harbors. Historic villages are lined with structures that exemplify 19th Century shipbuilding, lumber processing, and sardine canning industries.
Experience rugged beauty, deep-rooted history, abundant wildlife, and diverse recreational opportunities.
Create memories with local hosts and newfound friends.
Connect with the simple joys of that are Bold Coast Maine.
The Bold Coast offers excellent bicycling opportunities for riders of all abilities who enjoy on-road, off-road, trail, or gravel road riding. Low-traffic rural roads and quiet villages provide single and multi-day riding opportunities for cyclists of varying levels and interests, and many sections are family-friendly. Regardless of the type of bike you ride, endless bicycling adventures await you along the Bold Coast.
The low-trafficked, low-speed rural roads crisscrossing the region are ideal for exploring by bike. The Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway is a 211-mile, on-road trail that winds along the rugged Atlantic coastline through 23 Bold Coast communities. The trail runs from West Gouldsboro, at the top of the Schoodic Peninsula, to the international border city, Calais. Two other trails also have a terminus in Calais, and stretch south all the way to Florida: the East Coast Greenway and US Bike Route 1.
These three interconnected, mapped on-road trails make it easy to plan single- and multi- day riding opportunities throughout the Bold Coast region and beyond. Cyclists carrying valid passports can cross the international border into New Brunswick, Canada from Calais into St. Stephen and from Lubec onto Campobello Island, home to Roosevelt Campobello International Park.
For cyclists interested in doing a point-to- point ride, arrangements can be made for one-way shuttle transport with Sunrise Canoe and Kayak or for bus service with West Bus Service, with scheduled stops in other Bold Coast towns and in Bangor.
For those who prefer off-road riding, the region offers a variety of marked single and double track trails and gravel roads well suited for mountain, gravel and fat bikes.
Down East Sunrise Trail is an 87-mile multi-use gravel trail from Ellsworth to Pembroke, with numerous access points and primitive campsites along the route.
Sipayik Trail is a paved, 1.8-mile trail that hugs the coast of Passamaquoddy Bay.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge allows biking on gravel roads outside of designated Wilderness areas.
Machias River Corridor Public Lands offer gravel biking for families and adventurers, with campsites, lodges, and crystal-clear lakes scattered along the way. When in the wild on gravel roads, yield to the occasional logging truck and make sure you are riding on public access roads.
Sentier Trail, just across the bay in New Brunswick, Canada offers endless options for off-road bicycling routes (don’t forget your passport!)