Drive along our five scenic byways or our self-guided trails, all supported by detailed maps and guides, to explore DownEast Acadia on your own—take in the length and breadth of our scenic splendor and the vibrant history and culture of our communities, all at your own pace.
Self-guided trails include:
- Maine Lighthouse Trail - Tour some of the 27 lighthouses located in Downeast Acadia. Some are accessible by land, some by boat. Maine Open Lighthouse Day is always in September.
- Maine Lobster Trail - Let yourself be led by your stomach...
- Maine Sculpture Trail - An outdoor exhibit of 34 sculptures spanning over 273 miles along the DownEast coast.
- Downeast Fisheries Trail - Explore the culture and heritage of local fisheries.
- Maine Ice Age Trail - A geological journey through time and space.
- DownEast Acadia Birding Trail - The best birding sites in the region, with maps and tips for birding year-round.
- Maine Coast Chocolate Trail - Our chocolatiers love to handcraft delicious sweets using local treats!
- Maine Beer Trail - Small, handcrafted brewers.
- Maine Wine Trail - Our wineries produce grape and fruit wines, distilled spirits, meads, ciders and fortified wines.
- DownEast to Midcoast Farmer's Market Trail - another excellent way to let yourself be led by your stomache...
DownEast Acadia is the only region with five scenic byways, exemplifying the plethora of scenic, cultural, and recreational opportunities available here.
- Bold Coast Scenic Byway - 125-mile route that invites visitors to explore the culture, history, wildlife, and rugged beauty of coastal DownEast Maine, including villages, lakes, forests, farms, and blueberry barrens.
- Black Woods Scenic Byway - This 12.5-mile route starts in Franklin and extends easterly, encompassing trailheads and boat launches to our mountains and lakes.
- Schoodic National Scenic Byway - Weaves through 27 miles of gorgeous fishing communities and breathtaking scenery, including a section of Acadia National Park, lighthouses, and historic architecture.
- Acadia All-American Road - A 40-mile route encompassing Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island, featuring beaches, bicycling, foliage, hiking trails, islands, ocean views, and wildlife.
- Million Dollar View Scenic Byway - Unsurpassed views of the Chiputneticook chain of lakes (all teeming with fish), Mount Katahdin, Peekaboo Mountain, vistas of rolling hayfields, and the landscape of New Brunswick, Canada.