Breathtaking scenery, quaint seaside towns, and intriguing attractions set the scene for unparalleled bike tours in Downeast, Maine. Wind through seaside forest bike trails. Make your way up hilly terrain. Then, treat yourself to unbeatable views of Maine’s coast. There’s nothing quite like it! Read on to learn more about the best bike tours. Then, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide to learn more about what you can do in the area.
4 of the Best Downeast, Maine Bike Tours
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them” – Ernest Hemingway
1. The Deer Isle and Stonington Loops
Choose between a 25-mile or 39-mile loop that takes you through Downeast, Maine’s charming fishing villages. As you pedal your way through Stonington and Deer Isle, you can expect to see lighthouses and spectacular ocean views. Also, be sure to stop at the Granite Museum or at one of the best restaurants along the way. Biking through Deer Isle and Stonington is a great way to see Penobscot Bay, Eggemoggin Reach, the Camden Hills, and various beaches.
2. The Schoodic Peninsula Loops
The Schoodic Peninsula Loops feature gentle enough terrain that almost any cyclist can handle the ride! Enjoy the breeze as you admire Maine’s beautiful rocky coastline. Opt for a 10 or 12-mile loop or go for the 24-mile loop. It’s an excellent way to experience Acadia National Park, Schoodic Point, Mount Desert Island, and Frenchman Bay. Don’t forget to pack a picnic for your trip, which Pilgrim’s Inn can do for you!
3. The Washington County and Downeast Loops
From beaches and swimming holes to lighthouses and hiking trails, the Washington County and Downeast bike loops have it all. Explore coastal forests and savor breathtaking views of the ocean on 20, 34, or 36-mile tour loops. The majority of the ride is hilly, so these tours are recommended for intermediate cyclists. Some of the sights and wonders you can expect to see include blueberry barrens, the Quoddy Head Light, and the Bold Coast region.
4. The Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, and Camden Itinerary
While the previous three suggestions boast various loops in each area, this suggestion proposes an itinerary for the ultimate bike trip through Downeast. Ride with experienced bikers for four or five days on this beautiful Maine Coast bike tour. Bike to Cadillac Mountain’s 1,532-foot summit. Coast through hardwood forests in Acadia National Park. Make your way through Penobscot Bay and marvel at 19th-century New England cottages. Pedal on quiet roads through Rockland, where you can see Wyeth family paintings at the Farnsworth Art Museum. Then, end your ride in Camden. You don’t want to miss out on this trip of a lifetime!
Rest up at Pilgrim’s Inn
Regardless of wherever your Downeast, Maine, bike tours take you, take solace in knowing that you can relax, explore, and restore at Pilgrim’s Inn on Deer Isle. Our spacious rooms and cozy cottages make for an excellent home away from home. There’s nothing quite like a good night’s rest in our Room Five after a long day (or four) out riding. Wake up to a homemade breakfast each morning and be sure to ask us about our favorite things to do in the area.
We look forward to your visit!