The Bold Coast

Easily accessed along the Bold Coast National Scenic Byway, the area is defined by its rugged landscape and working waterfronts.
The Bold Coast along West Quoddy
Rocky shoreline at West Quoddy Head State Park.

The Bold Coast is rich in unspoiled vistas and strong cultural traditions. Wild blueberry barrens and mossy forests yield to tidal marshes and bays. Sparkling lakes, rivers, and streams flow into active fishing harbors. Historic towns and villages speak of the wealth of 19th Century shipbuilding, lumber processing, and sardine canning industries.

Visitors here can experience first-hand working waterfronts, communities that are not flashy, and local people who are proud, resourceful, and humble.

Picnic at McClellan Park, Milbridge @We3Travel
Picnic at McClellan Park, Milbridge @We3Travel

travel the Bold Coast

Experience The Bold Coast region as drive along the Bold Coast National Scenic Byway. This 147-mile byway covers coastal scenery and offers a cultural experience unlike any other.  Experience coastal and inland routes where the glacial influence on this rugged landscape is made evident.

Your journey will take you through the bustling working waterfronts the likes of Milbridge, Beals and Jonesport, in addition to the historic riverside villages of Cherryfield, Columbia Falls, and Machias. Take in Cutler Harbor and the Cutler Coast whose rugged shore is shaped by the rise and fall of the Bay of Fundy. 

Eastport’s historic fishing port and artist community offer dining and culture opportunities, plus whale watching and sunset cruises. A ferry connects Eastport the charming town of Lubec. Finally, the tiny city of Calais marks the northernmost end of the Bold Coast.

stops along the way

The Bold Coast is not just about the views and natural beauty, it is also about the things to do along the way. 

The area offers excellent bicycling opportunities for riders of all abilities who enjoy on-road, off-road, or single track riding. With many parks, preserves, or reserved land areas, take a hike develops a whole new meaning. Or grab a paddle and chose from an inland lake or a sheltered harbor.

Spend a day at the beach. Roque Bluffs State Park has a freshwater pond for swimming, picnic tables with fire pits, and a long gravel ocean beach lined with wild roses. Dig clams at Cobscook Bay State ParkSnap a selfie at the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse in Lubec or as you stand at the 45th parallel marker.

Bike along the Bold Coast
Peddle your way long the Bold Coast Scenic Bikeway.

Planning Tools

To help you plan your trip we provide  information on drive time and distances to and around the region. Plus info on other commercial transportation options.

Once you arrive in DownEast Acadia, you will want to access local sources of visitor information, state laws, recreation rules, and road conditions.

To help you pack or plan your day, check out the current weather in the region or learn about year-round averages of temperature and precipitation.

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