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.
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.
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.
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.
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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September 7, 2020
50 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
Took this ride while staying Bar Harbor for the week. 201 can be a little rough, but it is worth the ride. Twists, turns, sweeping curves, mountains, rivers, lakes you will see it all. The scenery should score a 10. We stopped in Jackman for lunch at Mama Bear Cafe. Great little diner for lunch. Local hangout. Full bar. Coming back we took Rt 15 . WOW.....WHAT A RIDE. The road definitly needed some work. Lots of bumps, humps and a little of everything else. If you don't think a Can Am Spyder can get airborne.....well one did on this stretch of road. Just take your time. This stretch is only about 15-20 miles. The scenery is really nice as you wind down the mountain next to the lake.
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August 27, 2012
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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.
On the road, Day 2 - rode from Waterville, ME to Montmagny, Quebec, which is on the south side of the St. Lawrence River about 30 miles
northeast of Quebec City. The photo on the right at the end of the
video shows the border between Maine and Canada.