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Maine Scenic Byway Attractions Made by Mother Nature

Scenic Byway

Scenic Byway


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.

Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway

With Katahdin, Maine's tallest mountain as a backdrop, the Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway offers up some spectacular views. The byway follows Route 11 from the South Entrance of Baxter State Park, skirting the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, and ending at the North Entrance of Baxter. Hikers, anglers, snowmobilers and those who simply want to experience the rolling hills and pastureland with stunning views of Katahdin, will enjoy this scenic drive.

A complete list of scenic byways in Maine may be found here.