MidCoast Maine is a unique place to ride your bike. The fantastic views and hilly landscape make a day of cycling very enjoyable. Whether you prefer road riding or dirt trails, MidCoast Maine has a ride for you. Many people call us to ask about riding on the nearby islands, but we prefer to recommend paths on the mainland. The roads on the islands are narrow and the views are not as spectacular. Also, you need to take a ferry to the islands, and getting to the ferries on a bike usually involves riding on State roads with limited side lanes. The paths we are recommending are near the Inn and in the backroads. Ideal places to stop and have a picnic or a quick swim. So whether you choose a paved lake view road or a rocky dirt road in the Camden Snow Bowl, we are sure your will enjoy a day of bike riding in MidCoast Maine. If you have a bike great, if you need a bike, we have bikes available at the inn on a first come basis.
Scenic with Ocean views, historic homes and cows – 5 miles and very scenic – Casual and Easy.
This easy 5-mile ride takes you around Camden and Rockport Harbor. Enjoy the historic homes and ocean views. There are many side stops you can make along the way. Enjoy the Andre the Seal Statue in Rockport Harbor, divert off Russel Avenue to the Children’s Chapel, or stop in and enjoy the belted Galloway Cows at Aldermere Farm. Link for: Beautiful, Scenic Bike Ride in Camden Maine and Rockport.
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Lake Views and backroads of Camden Maine.
Enjoy a filling breakfast before you head out on this 16-mile, hilly bike ride. This ride takes you up Rt 52 to Lake Megunticook. We are cautioning you about the road near the lake, be attentive, the road gets narrow for about a mile. Stop at Barret’s Cove for a quick dip or picnic. This ride can be difficult, please take caution.
Dirt Trails at The Camden Snow Bowl.
There are some fairly easy dirt bike trails at the bottom of Ragged Mountain, not to mention a pump track, most of the Snow Bowl's trails involve climbing. The climbs are manageable and lead to an extensive network of semi-technical trails. For more information on this unique riding experience in Camden Hills, see this link. https://www.camdensnowbowl.com/mountain-biking/
If you want to ride on the islands (Isleboro, North Haven), or down the nearby peninsulas, we recommend that you pack your bike on your car and drive to a convenient starting point. Route 1 is not ideal to ride a bicycle because of narrow roads and lots of truck traffic. There are many great biking destinations. For more information see our Chamber of Commerce Biking Web page for more information.
Rest assured, when you arrive back at the Captain Swift Inn, you can relax in one of our many common areas or in the comfort of your own private room. Refresh in your spa shower with 3 massage body sprays or put your feet up in front of a warm fireplace. Bike riding is a great way to see the coast and enjoy the fresh air of Maine. You will sleep well after your long ride in one of our luxurious beds with fine Comphy lines and down alternative blankets and pillows.