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What is a National Scenic Byway?

Maine Scenic Byway GroupDesignated as a National Scenic Byway in June of 2000, the Schoodic Byway became one of 120 nationally designated routes that provide unique and outstanding American experiences. The Schoodic National Scenic Byway is a 29-mile route that rewards those who look closely and stop frequently. Scenic treasures to be found along the Byway include a reversing falls, lighthouses, historic architecture, the Schoodic District of Acadia National Park, antique shops, and many other unique sites – not to mention breathtaking views of the ocean, Cadillac Mountain, and Frenchman Bay! The route passes through a working landscape of lobstering, clamming, logging, and home-based artisans and features abundant special places to hike, bike, and paddle.

A small, community-led committee of volunteers works to maintain and expand sites along the Byway and to promote this magical and unique corner of the world, in close collaboration with the Maine Department of Transportation. The Schoodic National Scenic Byway Committee is a collaborative effort of: Downeast and Acadia Regional Tourism, Hancock County Planning Commission, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Friends of Taunton Bay, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine Department of Transportation, National Park Service, Schoodic Area Chamber of Commerce, the towns of Gouldsboro, Hancock, Sullivan and Winter Harbor, and local businesses and citizens.

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Hancock County Planning Commission: 207-667-7131; or email

Photo credits: Dick Fisher, MaineDOT