You can explore more than 500 miles of roadway through coastal and inland landscapes on Maine's 12 national and state scenic byways. Each byway has natural attractions providing detours ranging from a short walk to recreational opportunities that could fill a weekend.
Grafton Notch Scenic Byway
You can explore Moose Cave—a boulder cave within a 200-foot-long gorge that has 45-foot-tall walls—by following the Route 26 Grafton Notch Scenic Byway to Grafton Notch State Park. The byway crosses The Appalachian Trail and traverses the 4,000-foot Mahoosuc Mountain Range.
Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway
If you'd like to camp on the beach, you can follow the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway (Route 201) to Attean Pond. Near the northern end of the 78-mile byway, take the Attean Road before reaching downtown Jackman and drive to the public boat launch on Attean Pond. Paddle along the shore on the right until you reach a series of five campsites on sandy beaches. The last of the sites has a trailhead for 2,200-foot Sally Mountain, where you can find panoramic views of the pond.
Blackwoods Road Scenic Byway
On the Blackwoods Road Scenic Byway (Route 182), you'll find the Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land. You can take a break along the 13-mile byway between the towns of Franklin and Cherryfield to paddle in one of Maine's clearest lakes, hike small mountains, camp or fish on a secluded pond, or watch for moose, deer, great gray owls or bald eagles.
A complete list of scenic byways in Maine may be found here.