The Byway Route
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The Bold Coast Scenic Byway is a 125-mile driving route that invites visitors to explore the culture, history, wildlife, and rugged, unspoiled beauty of coastal “Downeast” Maine.
The Byway is the main link connecting the world to the wide and relatively hidden network of fascinating people and beautiful places of Downeast Maine, and provides an entry point to the greater Bold Coast Region. The Bold Coast region includes numerous coastal communities as well as the inland lakes, forests, farms, blueberry barrens, and villages of Washington County.
The Byway extends from the fishing community of Milbridge northeasterly through coastal and riverine villages to Lubec, the easternmost point of land in the United States (and gateway to Canada’s Campobello Island); and skirts the coastline of Cobscook Bay through the Pleasant Point Indian Reservation to Eastport, an historic fishing port overlooking international waters and the Fundy Isles of New Brunswick, Canada.
The Byway winds its way along the coast, passing through wild blueberry barrens; abundant farmland; coastal forests; tidal marshes and bays; and clear-flowing rivers, streams, and lakes.
The Byway is strung with active fishing harbors that still portray the region's industrial history of the shipping, lumbering, fishing, boatbuilding, and canning trades. Coastal villages are composed of historic structures that exemplify the wealth of 19th Century ship captains and lumber barons.