Day 7 – Milbridge to Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor – September 17
On the last day of BikeMaine 2016, we trace the Narraguagus River north to Cherryfield, known as “the wild blueberry capital of the world.” We travel west along the Blackwoods Scenic Byway, climbing between ponds to the top of Catherine Mountain before beginning a long descent into Franklin. From there, the route runs due south to Sullivan, where we pick up Route 1 to West Gouldsboro. We then travel south to Winter Harbor, where we turn onto the Schoodic Loop Road for the final coastal miles to Schoodic Institute and a farewell luncheon.
Mileage: 49 miles
Elevation Gain: 3,189 feet
Schoodic Institute, Winter Harbor:
Winter Harbor, often referred to as “the quiet side of Acadia National Park,” is a fishing village located across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor. Due to tourism and an active summer community, Winter Harbor’s year-round population of 516 residents nearly triples from Memorial Day to Columbus Day each year. The small town has a wonderful variety of gift shops, antique shops, art galleries, bike and kayak rentals and several eateries. Grindstone Neck Association includes a yacht club, home to the oldest one-design sailboat fleet in the United States; a nine-hole golf course boasting “water views from every hole”; tennis courts and footpaths. Winter Harbor also is home to a vibrant arts organization, Schoodic Arts for All, that brings year round performances, exhibits and workshops to the area.
Winter Harbor is the gateway to the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park, where BikeMaine 2016 will begin and end at Schoodic Institute. Schoodic Institute is located on property that was once home to a former naval station, located completely within the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park. When the Navy closed the base in 2002, the land was returned to the National Park Service. Schoodic Institute was originally conceived in 2004 as Acadia Partners for Science and Learning before changing its name to Schoodic Institute in 2013. The Schoodic Institute is committed to guiding people to greater understanding and appreciation for nature by providing research and learning opportunities through its outstanding Acadia National Park setting, unique coastal Maine facilities, and innovative partnership programs.