Schoodic National Scenic Byway

  • Start: Winter Harbor, ME
  • End: Winter Harbor, ME
  • Last Modified: 2012-03-23 15:08:02
  • Total Mileage: 27 Miles
  • Number of stops: 9

Description

The Schoodic Byway is your chance to enjoy this region’s unique historic, scenic and recreational opportunities. Whether you are seeking the excitement of kayaking through sea spray, hiking the Maine woods, paddling clear lakes, or searching out the ambience of a small New England sea-side village, (sitting quietly atop a rocky perch, watching lobster boats pulling in their catch), the Schoodic region is a treat. At night experience a brilliant star lit sky, the call of loons across the water and a hearty lobster dinner. You will see tidal falls that reverse direction every six hours, historic architecture, piers piled high with lobster traps, clammers working knee deep in mud, and a largely undiscovered portion of Acadia National Park. Shop in country stores, galleries and antique shops; buy bread from local bakers, sample the catch-of-the-day, go fishing and catch your own, or rent a bicycle or kayak to tour Acadia and surroundings. The earliest inhabitants were small groups of Indians who settled here several thousand years ago. Historians and architects will enjoy the preserved rural character of the Schoodic area. There are more than 20 lighthouses in downeast Maine and some of the most noteworthy are found right here. Local inns and bed and breakfasts are themselves registered historic buildings reviewed in Downeast and Yankee magazines. Fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, small-scale gold and silver mining, and granite quarrying played an important role in this area’s development. Fishing and boat building continue to dominate the Schoodic economy and culture to this day.

Stop #1:

Taunton Bay Gateway
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #2:

Gordon's Wharf
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #3:

Frenchman Bay Scenic Turnout
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #4:

Jones Pond Park
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #5:

West Gouldsboro Historic Site
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #6:

Winter Harbor Village and Town Peir
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #7:

Frazer Point, Acadia Nat Pk
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #8:

Schoodic Point, Acadia Nat Pk
Winter Harbor, ME

Stop #9:

Prospect Harbor Gateway
Winter Harbor, ME
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