Midcoast Maine

From Lincolnville (6 miles north of Camden on US 1), hop on the ferry to this small resort island (population 570), one of the finest places for cycling in Maine: a popular 28-mile loop offering majestic vistas of Penobscot Bay. Picnic at Pendleton Point, where harbor seals and loons often lounge on the long, striated rocks.

To get here, grab one of the multiple daily services operated by Maine State Ferry Service ( It's a 20-minute ride from Lincolnville Beach, and ferries generally leave from 8am to 5pm during the summer. A round-trip costs $11/5.50/20 per adult/child/bike.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Midcoast Maine attractions

1. Witherle Woods

7.88 MILES

Occupying 185 acres of forest and coastline along the Castine Peninsula, the Witherle Woods are part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. They contain a…

2. Farmers Market


Belfast's Farmers Market features an avalanche of produce, fresh cheeses, seafood and other goodies. Compared to the United Farmers Market of Maine, this…

3. Wilson Museum

8.22 MILES

On the waterfront, about half a mile west of the town dock, the Wilson Museum houses an exquisite collection of fossils as well as global artifacts made…

4. Camden Hills State Park

8.25 MILES

With more than 30 miles of trails, this densely forested park is a choice place to take in the midcoast's magic. A favorite hike is the 45-minute (half…

5. John Perkins House

8.25 MILES

Dating from the 18th century, this two-story Colonial home was one of the first houses built in Castine (a forested wilderness at the time). Guided tours…

6. Town Common


One of the prettiest town commons in Maine, Castine's grassy quadrangle dates back to the early 19th century and is framed by an architectural showcase of…

7. Castine Historical Society

8.52 MILES

Overlooking the leafy town common, the Castine Historical Society hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, often with thought-provoking themes. A…

8. Moose Point State Park

9.47 MILES

Besides having perhaps the perfect name for a Maine state park, Moose Point also boasts tide pools, a rocky coastline, groves of dark-green woods and…