The state of Maine has three new National Scenic Byways, which are roads singled out by the United States Department of Transportation for one or more of six “intrinsic qualities:” archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic. The new byways are in addition to the state’s three existing national scenic byways and one All-American Road. The new National Scenic Byways are:
Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway – This byway begins at the southern entrance of Baxter State Park and goes through Millinocket along Route 11 and the Penobscot River to Patten, ending at Baxter State Park’s northern entrance at Grand Lake Matagamon. Byway highlights include boating, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking trails, state park, and wildlife.
St. John Valley Cultural Byway/Fish River Scenic Byway – This is a cultural journey shaped by Maine’s rich Acadian heritage and culture, the St. John Valley Cultural Byway portion is 92-miles running along the northern border of Maine. Highlights include the scenic international river valley, historical landmarks and outdoor winter sports. It includes the Fish River corridor, which is 38-miles long and includes the towns of Fort Kent, Wallagrass, Eagle Lake, Winterville, and Portage Lake. The highlights of this byway are panoramic vistas, fishing, boating, wildlife and bird watching, as well as designating a “working byway” that supports agricultural and forest industries.
Bold Coast Scenic Byway – A 125-mile route that invites visitors to explore the culture, history, wildlife, and rugged, unspoiled beauty of coastal Downeast Maine. The byway route extends from Milbridge northeasterly through coastal villages to Lubec, skirts the coastline of Cobscook Bay, through the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation to Eastport. Highlights include active fishing harbors and downtowns, historic structures that exemplify the wealth of 19th Century ship captains and lumber barons and the industrial history of the shipping, lumbering, fishing, boatbuilding, and canning trades. The byway route winds its way along the coast, passing wild blueberry barrens; abundant farmland; tidal marshes and bays; and rivers, streams, and lakes.
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