Schoodic & DownEast
Start your tour of the Schoodic and DownEast region on the Schoodic National Scenic Byway, weaving through 27 miles of gorgeous scenery that includes a reversing tidal falls, lighthouses, historic architecture, blueberry barrens, seaside villages, and the only mainland portion of Acadia National Park. Continue your journey along the Black Woods Scenic Byway, a lovely 12.5-mile route on Route 182 encompassing trailheads and boat launches. Both byways are idyllic, with opportunities to hike, bike, kayak, view the scenery and wildlife, stop to talk with locals, and enjoy a meal at a hometown eatery.
Then explore surrounding communities. Take in a symphony concert at the world-renowned Pierre Monteux School in Hancock, where generations of instrumentalists and conductors have trained. The Schoodic Arts Festival in Winter Harbor features local artists and artisans, along with public workshops. The tour the Schoodic International Sculpture Trail —34 one-of-a-kind granite sculptures made by artists from around the world and permanently displayed by DownEast communities. Ruggles House in Columbia Falls, built in 1818, evokes historic times.
The Downeast Fisheries Trail celebrates fishing heritage extending back generations among European settlers, and earlier for tribal communities. McClellan Park in Milbridge features views of the open ocean and islands, its tidepools inviting exploration. And don’t miss the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, featuring blueberry pancakes, lobster dinners, and a Maine highlight—the lobster boat race.