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Northern Route 201 + ADD NEW ROUTE


2   in Maine Maine101 Miles

By Tony
on November 1, 2008

4.8out of 5

3 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

To get here from I-95, take the US Route 201 Exit north up through Skowhegan, and to Bingham. The route starts about 2 miles north of Bingham where the scenery starts to get really good and the road starts to snake for about 40 miles to West Forks. From West Forks to Jackman you're in the wilderness, open road that's in great shape and not much if any traffic. About 20 miles start watching for a scenic turn out on the right as you climbing the Mountains toward Jackman, it's breathtaking.

Scenery

This ride covers the most scenic section of the Kenebec River Valley along the western Mountains of Maine. The highway is etched into the side of the foothills snaking along the river with a view of the mountains across the river. Watch for wildlife, especially on the second half of this trip, an alternate route back is route 15 from Jackman to Moosehead Lake through Rockwood and Greenville to Abbot, then right on Rt16 back to 201. A nice ride, some small sections of the Rt need some repair but not real bad, all in all a nice ride. Makes the total trip about 130 miles.

Road Quality

This road is the main corridor from Quebec into Maine so it is well maintained. Lots of twists and turns as it follows the curves of the river. There are signed sections where you need to watch out for moose.

Roadside Amenities

It's mostly wilderness. About the 1/2 way point in the West Forks there are lots of whitewater rafting companies if you want a thrill, Also some camping areas & Inns. There's a couple of places to eat and get a drink. Jackman has plenty of lodging, places to eat and gas up.

Additional Info

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By Guest
on July 1, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

You might consider making a right hand turn up thru the sleepy town of Caratunk up to Pleasant Pond. It's in the area of The Forks. If your riding toward dusk or in the dark, watch out for Moose especially from Jackman to the Maine border.

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By FlyingScotNJ
on August 27, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Everything the others have said, and more. We had beautiful weather. Jackman seems like a speed trap, though we had no problems. The Hawks Nest in West Forks is a great place to stop for a bite to eat - it has a nice view of the Dead River.

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By Guest
on September 10, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

Beautiful road. Awesome twisties just above the forks.

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