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Old 05-20-21, 07:18 AM
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Northeast Bikepacking Routes?

I am an experienced road and mtb rider, but just recently my interests have turned to gravel and bikepacking. I just finished the Cross NH Adventure Trail (beautiful ride, btw) and I am familiar with the routes posted on Bikepacking.com (ex: Green Mountain Gravel Growler in VT). I am looking for advice on any other multi-day gravel-appropriate routes in the Northeast. Thanks in advance.

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Old 05-20-21, 02:09 PM
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Not sure if this is what ya had in mind but a few weeks ago I rode the Northern Rail Trail 60 miles from Boscoeen to Lebanon and another 60 back the following day.
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Old 05-23-21, 11:18 AM
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Check out Gravelmap

here are some routes I have done:

https://gravelmap.com

here are some of my multiday routes





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Check out Gravelmap

here are some routes I have done:

https://gravelmap.com

here are some of my multiday routes





I'm curious as what if any of the routes shown are on roads owned and maintained by North Maine Woods ?. You need to be aware that the preponderance of roads in the area NE of Greenville to pretty much Canada, are NMW logging roads where bicycling is prohibited. Just a heads up for anybody visiting and heading out into this region.
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Yes it helps to have some local knowledge and also know what time of the day or night one passes through some sections and to know where the restriction signs are to be ready to plead for forgiveness in the most efficient manner 😬
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Old 05-23-21, 01:49 PM
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Feel free to msg me for info on specific sections if you are REALLY going
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I camp yearly in the early fall at Lily Bay State Park, I am often out exploring some of the dirt roads in the area. That loop around Moosehead looks like a great ride.
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Yeah. If You ride it counterclockwise You will technically not encounter any forbidding signs until You exit the gate.

And taking immediate right after the Winter gate to the AMC huts will let You bypass the checkpoint there.

of course every year they lumber different spots so be prepared to read and react and be ready to turn around when all else fails. It is an adventure and this is all part of the fun

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It's unfortunate that North Maine Woods doesn't allow biking, it's gravel and bikepacking heaven up west and north of Baxter SP, primitive campsites every mile or so. I fully understand that its all private property and they don't want cyclists getting run down by logging trucks, understandable as the trucks tend to haul ass.

There is some exploring to be had in the western Adirondacks, bunch or dirt roads in the Watsons East Triangle region as well as west of Paul Smiths. That's my next area to check out.
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I just booked a trip for July, driving to Brattleboro VT, taking the train up to Windsor VT, and then spend three days riding back to the car, camping at state parks along the way, Ascutney, Jamaica, and Woodford. The northbound train is 5pm, so that makes for a nice easy ride to the park from the station and then up and at em bright and early the next morning for the first 44 miles/4200'.

VT state parks waive their 2 night minimum stay if you're traveling "under your own power", so hike/bike/paddle, but you have to call to book. My trip is Thur to Sun so I needed reservations, but apparently if you're able to do a mid-week trip then you should be able to rock up and get a site each day...

I had planned to do this trip last year, but then COVID hit.
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I think this could be easily mitigated for the benefit of all. The North Maine Woods gravel roads does not get lumber activity EVERYWHERE and at the same time NOT ALL gravel roads will have logging trucks on them at a given year. They can look at their current year logging plan and identify the logging roads where their trucks will be and mark those as off limits to nonmotorized recreational use. Then publish a simple map (or better hand it over to North Woods stewards) that they can hand out at their checkpoints where people currently PAY for daily access. It is a win / win - they pocket more money from user fees and the biking enthusiasts increase tourist numbers in this economically depraved region.




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It's unfortunate that North Maine Woods doesn't allow biking, it's gravel and bikepacking heaven up west and north of Baxter SP, primitive campsites every mile or so. I fully understand that its all private property and they don't want cyclists getting run down by logging trucks, understandable as the trucks tend to haul ass.

There is some exploring to be had in the western Adirondacks, bunch or dirt roads in the Watsons East Triangle region as well as west of Paul Smiths. That's my next area to check out.
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Just learned about the Vermont Super 8 via Ted King https://www.vermontbikepackers.org/
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Just learned about the Vermont Super 8 via Ted King https://www.vermontbikepackers.org/
I'm using the Super 8 and the XVT as the basis for my ride this week: https://www.komoot.com/collection/91...?ref=undefined
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I never knew that zone of Maine was off limits. Makes sense when I think of how dangerous driving on those roads was, but man would it be fun to pedal endlessly along those beautiful backcountry roads. Some of my fondest memories traveling between Moosehead and Baxter... Kokadjo, Maine Population: Not Many
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