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Scenic Byways

Trail Blazes - other itineraries

The National Scenic Byways Program is a grass-roots collaborative effort established to help recognize, preserve and enhance selected roads throughout the United States. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation recognizes certain roads as All-American Roads or National Scenic Byways based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Several excellent byways coincide with stops on the Maine Birding Trail.
Acadia Carriage Road
Appalachian Trail The Appalachian National Scenic Trail (AT) is a continuous, marked footpath extending through 14 states for more than 2,170 miles, from Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park to Springer Mountain in Georgia. Some of the most scenic sections of the trail run through the wildest tracts of Maine. The trail runs over several mountain ranges that are home to Bicknell's Thrush and other coveted boreal and alpine species. Katahdin
Northern Forest Canoe Trail The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a long-distance paddling trail connecting the major watersheds across the Adirondacks and Northern New England. In the 740-mile traverse across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine, the Trail links communities and wild places, offering canoeists and kayakers a lifetime of paddling destinations and adventures. Many of the lakes and streams in the Maine section of the trail are particularly wild and scenic, featuring many Common Loons. Northern Forest Canoe Trail
Maine Island Trail Association The Maine Island Trail is a 375-mile waterway extending from the New Hampshire boarder on the west, to Machias Bay on the east. The Trail winds its way along the coast, around magnificent and exposed capes, through protected saltwater rivers and quiet bays, and among islands large and small. It includes over 180 islands and mainland sites along the route, available for day visits or overnight camping. Common Eiders, Black Guillemots, and Harbor Seals are standard encounters while paddling. Maine Island Trail
Hut to Hut The Maine Huts and Trails was founded by Mainers who share a vision for preserving their state's naturally beautiful remote areas. To that end they are building a 180-mile recreational corridor from the Mahoosucs to Moosehead. The corridor will include a network of huts, trails and waterway corridors. This unique resource preserves some of Western Maine's best backcountry for the purposes of conservation and environmentally sensitive economic development, and ensure public access for generations to come. Hut to Hut Trail
Maine Ice Age Trail The Maine Ice Age Trail leads visitors to many features created by vast sheets of glacial ice during the Ice Age, including one of the finest and most accessible areas of glacial moraines, deltas and eskers, along the coastal “Down East” section of Maine. It follows the retreating margin of the last great North American continental glacier, called the Laurentide Ice Sheet. The trail consists of stops along highways and country roads, the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, and across the spectacular and remote sand barrens that are home to some of the nation’s largest wild blueberry crops. Ice Age Features
Maine Art Museum Trail The Maine Art Museum Trail features the state's seven leading museums: Bates College Museum of Art (Lewiston), Bowdoin College Museum of Art (Brunswick), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville), Farnsworth Art Museum (Rockland), Ogunquit Museum of American Art (Ogunquit), Portland Museum of Art (Portland), and University of Maine Museum of Art (Bangor). Museum Art
Maine Wine Trail The Maine Wine Trail alerts visitors to the 18 wineries in the state, grouped together along three separate itineraries. Besides traditional grape wines, Maine makes exquisite use of its other fruit crops to produce excellent artisan and dessert wines from blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, and elderberries. Some wineries also specialize in apple cider and honey mead. Tours and wine tastings are readily available in most locations. Wine
Maine Beer Trail The Maine Beer Trail proudly shows off one of Maine's richest assets. Since 1986, Maine has been at the forefront of the craft brew movement. The state is home to over 20 breweries which produce more than 100 different brands. The Maine Brewers' Guild is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the craft brewed industry in Maine. Its mission is to keep Maine in the forefront of the microbrew revolution by offering high quality and creative diversity for the customer. Beer and Lobsters