Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route

Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route

Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route

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The Adventure Cycling Association Atlantic Coast Bicycle Route is divided into two segments. The route is a total of 2535 miles (4081 km) that hugs the Atlantic coast of the United States for roughly 60% of its length, heading inland to avoid major metropolitan areas and where cycling conditions along the coast are not favorable.

In the Northeast, riders enjoy the flavor of quiet Maine coastal towns, New England villages, the rural countryside, and bucolic Amish farmlands. Once the route crosses the Mason-Dixon Line, which is the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, the route enters the South and gives some flavor for Civil War history by visiting the battlefields at Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the city of Richmond, Virginia. Spurs lead into the various larger cities along this route. A lack of road signs can make parts of this route challenging. It can be ridden from late spring to late fall. Due to changing local conditions, it is difficult to predict any major wind patterns. Unless riders are adapted to it, humidity will be a challenging factor.

Bar Harbor, Maine, to Richmond, Virginia

This segment is excellent for history buffs, as riders will discover sites dating back to the early days of the United States and beyond.

Starting in the tourist town of Bar Harbor, Maine, on Mt. Desert Island, the route heads out of town through Acadia National Park and then along occasional back roads situated near the coast. Riders should allow some time to savor the...
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