Maine is famous for it’s biking. Maine was ranked the 2nd most bike friendly state in the country by the League of American Bicyclists in May 2011. You’ll find quiet roads, scenic routes, and friendly Mainers eager to share their favorite cycling routes.
Do you have a favorite ride in Maine? Please tell us about your special ride.
Explore Maine by Bike provides 33 loop rides in all parts of the state, which were selected by local bicyclists, utilize scenic, low-traffic roads and have detailed route descriptions. The guide also includes wide off-road multi-use paths and other bike trails and paths. Order the print version of Explore Maine by Bike.
The East Coast Greenway (ECG) is nation’s most ambitious long-distance trail. The state of Maine has approximately 500 miles of ECG and is one of the most popular destinations in our Maine to Florida trail network. To see the route, visit the new online Trip Planner at map.greenway.org.
Maine is on the U.S. Bicycle Route system. The East Coast Greenway and U.S. Bike Route One include the Eastern Trail in Southern Maine and the Down East Sunrise Trail from Ellsworth to Calais. Maps of the Maine part of the East Coast Greenway and U.S. Bike Route One.
Explore the BikeMaine Route Archive where you can learn more about past year’s routes as well as tourism activities in each host community.
Bangor Area Cycling Maps Courtesy of BACTS
Coastal Maine Bike Itinerary (Portland to Calais)
Portland Area Cycling (courtesy of Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau)
TrailLink (powered by Rails to Trails Conservancy) lists most of the off-road wide multi-use paths in Maine that are ideal for family biking.
Use MapMyRIDE to search for bike rides of varying lengths in different parts of the state. (NOTE: For full use of this resource, you will have to create an account.)
Trails.com lists 16 different rides (mainly on the coast). (NOTE: For full use of this resource, you will have to create an account and submit credit card information.)
25 Bicycle Tours in Maine by Howard Stone, (a favorite print guide of one of our members.)
Road Biking Northern New England: A Guide to the Greatest Bike Rides in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, by Sandra Duling (another favorite print guide of one of our members.)
On any given weekend from May through October, there are great bike events to choose from. Most events incorporate spectacular routes, picked by local cyclists. Some of the events share their routes before and/or after their event and provide downloadable maps.
The Maine Bike Rally is a 3-day event that rotates around Maine towns, features on-road and off-road rides and over 30 rides from 5 to 100 miles.
Ride with a Maine Bike Club
Most Maine Bike Clubs offer a variety of rides every week of different distances and for riders of varying fitness levels and experience.
List of Weekly Rides in Maine, submitted by Maine bike clubs and shops from all over the state.
Some clubs provide maps of their weekly routes so you can bike them any time:
Belfast Bike Club
Community Cycling Club of Portland
Gorham Bike and Ski
Maine Cycling Club, Auburn
Merrymeeting Wheelers Bicycle Club, Brunswick
Portland Velo Club, (check out the menu choices for “Monday Night Rides, Tuesday Night Rides, etc.)
Mountain Bike Trails:
For more on where to mountain bike, visit our mountain biking page