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    Maine North Woods/Aroostook Mtn Biking?

    So, it says directly on the Maine North Woods website that bicycling is not allowed
    BICYCLES, MOTORCYCLES, ALL TERRAIN VEHICLES AND HORSES

    "No bicycles, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles or horses are allowed at any time of year in the North Maine Woods area. This is necessary for logging road safety and to reduce the possibility for forest fires in hard to reach locations"

    Yet within the same website there is a comment about steadily declining visitors.....Seems they have an untapped potential with all the dirt roads up there.....

    Anyways...does anyone know of anything up in the vicinity of say the Allagash lakes area that you could do some multi-day bikepacking? Remote roads, "ninja" camping in the woods, etc?

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    Having spent a significant amount of time in the NMW, I can say it's a cyclists dream to be able to cruise along some of those roads. There are some pretty special places up there, in fact I'm headed in in a week for a long weekend of driving and paddling. Sadly it's true though, you can't even bring in a bicycle past the check points, plus the Game Wardens would be all over you if they saw you up there. The closest you can get that is legal to ride a bike is probably Baxter State Park on the Tote road. That would make a nice little tour.

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    I started doing some research on ATV trails in Maine too. It looks like I may be able to get some pretty long days on ATV trails with not much in the way of roads or towns. I need to do some more research, but this may be an alternative to the Maine North Woods.
    I even went out and bought the DeLorme atlas of Maine which is pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Climber25 View Post
    ... The closest you can get that is legal to ride a bike is probably Baxter State Park on the Tote road. That would make a nice little tour.
    'Tis true...my Baxter tour almost a year ago...
    My first bikepacking adventure

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    Has anyone ridden in the Elliotsville Plantation area on the Katahdin Woods and Waters land and along the East Branch of the Penobscot River?? I am planning a N to S ride through Baxter State Park and have been discovering this area and decommissioned logging roads that are open to riding and a route that would take you North from Millinocket to Matagamon in the huge parcel of land east of BSP. I have also snowmobiled in the area pretty extensively, but have never been in summer on a bike.

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    I know its not quite the NMW and not exactly single track bombing but what about the Bangor-Aroostook Trail?

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    I have ridden my CX bike through a bunch of the KWW land. If you are Going up or down through Baxter, you can ride dirt down from Mattagammon gate following the East Branch of the Penobscot. You can ride out into Sherman or ride down all the Way to Rt 11 which will take you back to Millinocket. Have fun and Enjoy the Views.

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    amc recreation in KIW north has a bunch of their private trails open to bikes, but you have to in from the hedgehog gate. I would really like to get a chance cruise the north woods someday. I work in propane/oil and cover from pittsfield-jackman-enfield-bangor. my wife and i find a lot of areas to explore, mostly by fatbike(less worries- always fun)

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    Just last week, myself and a friend rode from Abol Bridge on the Old State Road (gravel) into the southern part of Baxter, we left the park road before the south gate on the Logan Pond snowmobile trail and took this all the way to the Staceyville road, then we rode North on the Staceyville Rd into the Katahdin Woods & Waters land, then up along the west side of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. We escaped the forest at the suspension bridge which brings you to Bowlin Camps, then we rode their gravel access road to Grand Lake road, riding east for 12 miles, where we stayed the night at Shin Pond Village. Day two was a N-S ride through Baxter State Park. Round trip was 130 miles (65 ea day) and a total of 8,000 feet of climbing overall.

    visit Katahdin Woods & Waters

    Map link- http://katahdinwoods.org/wp-content/...ec_Map_v81.jpg

    This land is due to become Maine's second National Park in 2016 and it is open to non-motorized transport. It was some of the most incredible riding I've done and makes a nice compromise to the true "North Maine Woods" We rode cross bikes, but a mtb would not be a bad option. There is a lot of ground we missed and I'm definitely going back this fall to check out more. If you want solitude, gravel roads, beautiful scenery and ability to bike pack and camp, this area is a must visit. The recovery ride was day two south through Baxter. Just awesome!

    The day before our trip we rode the Katahdin Loop in the KW&W land, and that was just incredible! 18 miles of amazing gravel and unbelievable views of Katahdin.

    -steve

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    Sounds amazing Steve!

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