Beauchamp Point And Back: 3 miles. Short and sweet, especially nice for families with younger children. The route travels through Rockport village and along the east side of the harbor on a dirt road. Explore paths to the water’s edge, tide pools, the gardens at Children’s Chapel and, of course, the Belted Galloway cows. Don’t forget to visit the statue of Andre the seal in Rockport Marine Park.
Two Harbor Tour: 6 miles. Starts out on the same route as above but continues past the Belted Galloway cows to views of Curtis Island lighthouse and into bustling Camden Harbor. Make sure to relax and check out the scene at Camden’s Public Landing and Harbor Park. If you have energy to spare try one of Maine Sport’s kayak tours or the short but steep hike up Mount Battie for an extra special day. The return utilizes the local bike path.
Lake and Harbor Tour: Best 15 mile ride ever! This ride starts with a journey inland, away from the coastal bustle. You will pass two pristine Maine lakes (great swimming). The stunning Maiden’s Cliff towers over Lake Megunticook and offers a hiking diversion to your ride. Continue into Camden just in time for a snack. Then continue onward past the sights listed in the previous tours.
Camden Snow Bowl: There are several miles of single track mountain biking at the Ragged Mountain Recreation Area and adjacent Coastal Mountains Land Trust property on the south and west side of Ragged Mountain. The Camden Hills Regional High School mountain bike team is the perennial state champion, in part because of the challenging training they do on the Snow Bowl’s local terrain. Print trail info (doc).
Custom Tour: Our experienced cycling staff can recommend the perfect ride just for you, whether you are looking for a quick sprint or a 100 miler.
Tips for Riding in the Camden-Rockport Area
We receive overwhelmingly positive comments on the recommended rides, but there are a few things to know about local riding.
-There is only one ½ mile bike path in the area.
-The rides we recommend are mostly on quiet back roads. There are a few busy intersections and in-town sections where traffic may be a concern. If you are concerned or are not confident of your abilities, we recommend walking the busy sections.
-One of the most enjoyable roads is the very quiet dirt road that hugs Rockport harbor.
-The Camden Hills are one of the things that make this region of Maine so scenic. The area roads feature rolling hills. “Flatlanders,”as people from away are known, are sometimes shocked by the rolling “hills”. Be aware and plan accordingly.
-Day Tripping and the Ferries: Although many tour books recommend riding on Islesboro we do not. The ferry to Islesboro can not be reached safely by bike, so in most cases you need to rent a bike rack for your vehicle – a time consuming and a logistical hassle. The pressures of a ferry schedule also detract from a relaxing day. Island roads are narrow and traffic can be heavy in the summer months. In addition, the scenery is better on the rides we recommend!