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Old 10-16-18, 02:39 PM
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Islands of Casco Bay, Maine

Iíll be spending next summer in Southern Maine and was wondering if any of the islands on Casco Bay would be worth a ferry boat ride to tour the island by bike? Thanks for any info!
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Old 10-18-18, 08:43 AM
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I would first ascertain which islands are accessible by ferry, then use RideWithGPS to generate what the distances are on the roads you might be riding. A lot depends on the ferry schedules and cost.

My first take when looking on Google maps was small islands, maybe not worth the time and expense for some short rides. Chebeauque Island as example, which is the largest island, might get you 12 miles of riding if you ride out to a lot of dead-end points of land. Is that worth it given the ferry schedule and time spent ?.
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https://www.cascobaylines.com/blog/e...on-two-wheels/

https://www.pressherald.com/2011/09/...ay_2011-09-11/

Explore Maine by Bike: Portland & Casco Bay

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUser...and_Maine.html
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Thanks alot for the great info guys, the island rides may be short, but they should be beautiful!
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If you're a mountain biker, Chebeague Island in Casco Bay has plenty of singletrack and mtb trails to keep you busy for awhile... If you're just looking to loop an island, have lunch and hang out, Peaks Island is probably your best choice. Feel free to PM me if you want more info on any of the 6-7 islands with ferry service
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Thanks jrg1244, I’m not a mountain bikers so slow strolls around an island would be my plan. I’ve been on Peaks Island a few years ago, no bike then but enjoyed walking about. Thanks again.
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You can take the ferry to Bailey Island. You can then ride up to Brunswick. There is an old school place to stay on the island, the Driftwood Inn. We used to do that as a loop, always stayed there, they only serve dinner, not something you want to miss.

Brunswick is a college town with lots of good places to eat.

Bar Harbor is an island, use the back road on the Western side of the island. You can ride the perimeter road in the park. Do not miss having lunch at Jordan Pond. Order the lobster chowder and popovers. Seriously, if you go nowhere else...
https://jordanpondhouse.com/

One last thing, you can ride past the turn to go to Acadia, and then ride down the Schoodic peninsula, one of my favorite rides. There is a ferry over to Bar Harbor. That's what we did the last time. Part of the park is there, and you can ride around that. It's also safer this way. We rode out the Western side of the island.

Avoid going north of Camden on Rte 1, it's quite dangerous. Make a little triangle go inland, and then back to the coast, I think the name of the town is Lincolnville. Staying on rte 52 looks tempting on the map, but it's hideously dangerous. It's narrow and the locals will zoom by as fast as 70.

Perhaps the prettiest ferry ride in the state is the one out to Isle au Haut.

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Great suggestions, thank you very much!
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Avoid going north of Camden on Rte 1, it's quite dangerous. Make a little triangle go inland, and then back to the coast, I think the name of the town is Lincolnville. Staying on rte 52 looks tempting on the map, but it's hideously dangerous. It's narrow and the locals will zoom by as fast as 70.

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This is a bit of thread diversion, but maybe useful to anyone considering the Down East coast.

Perhaps describing this stretch of Rt 1 as "dangerous" is over the top. Just a note of caution that as it's the only thru route for commercial traffic, it can get busy. Not much shoulder in many spots either. There's a decent alternative on the marked State Bike Rt 1, here:

https://www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/d...bined_2018.pdf

As well, from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction there's the Down East Sunrise Trail. 85 miles, gravel Rail Trail. Completely skips Rt 1, though it meets up in a few places, near Columbia Falls, and at Machias.
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This is a bit of thread diversion, but maybe useful to anyone considering the Down East coast.

Perhaps describing this stretch of Rt 1 as "dangerous" is over the top. Just a note of caution that as it's the only thru route for commercial traffic, it can get busy. Not much shoulder in many spots either. There's a decent alternative on the marked State Bike Rt 1, here:

https://www.maine.gov/mdot/bikeped/d...bined_2018.pdf

As well, from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction there's the Down East Sunrise Trail. 85 miles, gravel Rail Trail. Completely skips Rt 1, though it meets up in a few places, near Columbia Falls, and at Machias.
I rode that stretch north of Camden once, that was scary, at least to me.

The OP asked about islands, not the interior of Maine...

But parts of that should be helpful. Speaking of which, it goes close to where you turn to go down the Schoodic peninsula.

https://www.citrusmilo.com/acadiagui...cpeninsula.cfm

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attracti...and_Maine.html

https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/schoodic.htm

There are a lot of details that get left out, if the OP has more questions, don't hesitate, and if I don't respond, shoot me a message or something.

Camden isn't an island, but it's a pretty coastal town. It's my favorite place to take a day off the bike in Maine. You can easily walk the town. Hike Mt Battie early in the morning, and watch the mist rise off the bay. Some days that is just lovely. There is a cheap but good motel as you come into town, Cedar Crest. There's a bunch of good restaurants in town, but be sure to check out the grocery store in the center of town. They have good sandwiches, fruit, and stuff.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/m...t-battie-trail
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The OP asked about islands, not the interior of Maine...

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Agreed and when you mentioned Camden, Mt. Battie, Brunswick, etc.... is when the thread went off on a tangent. All good info. though in case somebody wanting more info. about Maine in general
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Thank you all very much for all your help. To be truthful, I lived in Portland as a kid, left in 1967 to join the Army and have visited but never lived in Maine since. My one and only sister and BIL live in Falmouth.
My wife and I will spend from early May to mid October (2019) staying at a campground in Freeport. I have joined the Merrymeeting Wheelers Bike Club of Brunswick and plan on participating in many of their rides and activities. I also want to ride the Eastern Trail. Some islands in Casco Bay would be great too
Thanks again for all the great info!.
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