Wondering, what there is to do on the Layover Day in Bethel?
BikeMaine arrives in Bethel on Tuesday, September 15, for 2 nights. Wednesday is a “free” day, meaning you decide what it is you want to do. Ride? Sleep? Explore? It’s up to you!
Please check back here periodically for updated information on the activities.
Here are some ideas:
BikeMaine will have maps of popular bike routes beginning and ending in Bethel available at the Information Booth. Please note that BikeMaine will not be monitoring these routes or offering services along the way.
Gould Academy has miles of mountain bike trails leading from its campus. Mountain bikes will be available and members of the Gould Academy Bicycle Club will be leading trail rides for those who are interested.
- Hike nearby Mt. Will: Pack a picnic and bicycle 5.8 miles from BikeMaine Village to Mt. Will trailhead on Rte. 2, accessed from a parking lot directly across from Bethel’s transfer station. Lock bike to available tree(s) next to parking lot. Trail was developed by the Bethel Conservation Commission to increase public awareness of the beauty of the Androscoggin and Bear River Valleys. The overall loop is 3.25 miles, moderately strenuous with short steep sections, and typically requires 2 hours walking time. Beautiful views from the North Ledges of the Bear River Valley and Grafton Notch and from the South Cliffs of the fertile Androscoggin River Valley. More information will be available in the BikeMaine Village at the Community Information Booth.
Additional hiking options will be offered through Mahoosuc Land Trust, with information about the trails and shuttles available at the Community Information Booth in the BikeMaine Village.
Bethel, 121 Mayville Rd., (207) 824-4224
Bethel Outdoor Adventure (walking distance or short bike ride away) offers the following activities:
- Canoeing and kayaking: Select a watercraft and the amount of time you want to spend on the river and Bethel Outdoor Adventure will shuttle you and your boat to a drop off point for a one-way paddle back to Bethel.
- $58/day for shuttle and choice of canoe or tandem kayak
- $40/day for shuttle and single kayak
- Rock hounding: Collect and identify minerals at “the sluice” located at the facility. Buckets: $25, $50 or $100.
- Stand up paddle boarding: River or pond, $65 per person per day for board, paddle, PFD, and shuttle.
Please call Bethel Outdoor Adventure to make reservations and identify yourself as a BikeMaine participant to obtain the discounted canoe and kayak rates listed above.
Bethel, 14 Park Street, (207) 357-9592
Full and half-day fishing options for trout or small mouth bass on Androscoggin River. All equipment provided, including a two-person drift boat, snacks and water. Half-day cost: $200 for 1 person/$300 for 2 people. Full-day cost: $300 for 1 person/$400 for 2 people. Individuals must have Maine fishing license; one-day licenses can be purchased in Bethel within walking distance of the BikeMaine Village for $13 at Bethel Bait Tackle & More.
Contact Bob Harkins at Western Maine Guide Service for more information or to make reservations.
Errol, New Hampshire (603) 215-0002
Call ELC Outdoors for more information or to arrange tour.
- Wildlife tours: Experienced and knowledgeable guides will take you on a two-hour tour van tour to areas of Maine and New Hampshire where moose and other wildlife are known to frequent. Tour leaves at 4:00 from the BikeMaine Village on Tuesday, September 15th. $30 per person
- Wildlife tour with an additional pontoon boat tour of the Lake Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge. Minimum of four participants needed, five hours, $70 per person. Tour leaves from Village at 9:00 a.m.
- White water rafting: White water rafting on Class II rapids. Pick up at 9 am, 5-hour trip, minimum 6 people.
Bethel, 21 Broad Street, (207) 824-2175
The Bethel Inn, located just behind the green in the center of town, offers:
- Spa Services:
Appointments can be made by calling the Spa at (207) 824-2175 x 424 or e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Golf: Reserve a tee time by calling (207)824-6276
- 9 holes: Club rentals, walking: $37; club rentals, cart: $50
- 18 holes: Club rentals, walking: $60; Club rentals, cart: $78
Bethel, 10 Broad St. # 14, (207) 824-2908
- O’Neill Robinson House and Museum Store open from 10am – 4pm. Three exhibits: Civil War, History of Gould Academy, and The History of Bethel. Donations appreciated.
- Guided walking tour of the National Historic District – meet at the O’Neill Robinson House on Broad St. (where the museum store is located) at 2pm. Tour is approximately one hour, limited to 30 people. Donations appreciated.
- Guided tours of the Dr. Moses Mason House (located next door to the O’Neill Robinson House), a 9-room Federal style house built in 1813 and containing excellent examples of original decorative arts. Tours at 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., limited to 10 people. Donations appreciated.
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum store,
Bethel, 99 Main Street, (207) 824-3036
Although this museum is not yet open to the public, the museum shop is. Come see the exhibit of mineral and gem specimens, visit the gift shop, and talk to staff about the future of the museum, set to open in 2016.