Millinocket to Dover-Foxcroft

"From the Mountain to the Fair"

Day 5-September 17

Millinocket to Dover-Foxcroft Route Description

After a rest day, we once again turn our attention south, towards Dover-Foxcroft. We warm up the muscles right out of the gate with some steady climbs on lightly-traveled back roads lined with soft and hardwoods, crisscrossing four connected lakes. We’ll skate downhill close to Seboeis Public Lands and Seboeis Lake, where 99 percent of the lake’s surrounding land is under public ownership. We’ll roll through land that has been rich and supportive for native cultures since the ice sheet retreated some 13,000 years ago. A series of steeper climbs and descents will end the day by taking us across the Sebec River into Dover-Foxcroft and the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds, celebrating their 133rd year.

Mileage: 54.5 // Elevation Gain: 2,825 ft.

Dover-Foxcroft

Dover-Foxcroft rests on the banks of the Piscataquis River in Southern Piscataquis County, where it originally consisted of two towns – Dover to the south, and Foxcroft – to the north.

Dover-Foxcroft was incorporated through the union of these two adjoining towns by a town meeting vote in 1922, after several failed town meeting votes on the same issue, the effort succeeded overwhelmingly in 1922 after the passage of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution in 1920 granting women the right to vote. 

Dover-Foxcroft shifted from agricultural to industrial by the mid 1800’s. Today, Dover-Foxcroft has a service-centered economy, with a population of just over 4,200. It’s largely rural with plenty of opportunities for hiking, walking, biking, boating, and offers four seasons of tourism. It has a vibrant downtown and a very active community theater, and is home to the Maine Whoopie Pie Festival, and the Piscataquis Valley Fair. Last and certainly not least, Dover-Foxcroft was a host community to BikeMaine’s inaugural ride back in 2013, making it the second repeat host community, after Belfast last year.

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