Bold Coast National Scenic Byway

National Scenic Byway Designation is a rigorous and competitive process that recognizes exemplary natural and cultural landscapes and brings support to Byway communities.  Scenic Byways contribute to local economic development through promotion of travel along specific routes.  National Scenic Byway designation increases eligibility for funds to develop transportation improvements such as turnouts and parking areas; public facilities; upgrades to pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure; interpretive materials; and wayfinding signage.

The Bold Coast was designated as a National Scenic Byway in 2020.

The Bold Coast National Scenic Byway is a 147-mile travel route from Milbridge to Calais that links travelers with the people, places, and culture of Down East Maine.  The Byway serves as an itinerary or mini travel guide to help visitors plan their adventures and discover special places.  The Bold Coast National Scenic Byway highlights our history, culture, natural resources, scenic beauty, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The Black Woods Scenic Byway intersects the Bold Coast National Scenic Byway in downtown Cherryfield, and the Schoodic National Scenic Byway is just beyond Milbridge between Gouldsboro and Hancock.  The northernmost point of the Byway connects with scenic byways in New Brunswick, Canada.

The Bold Coast Scenic Byway was designated as a State Byway in 2011 by the Maine Department of Transportation after sustained efforts by a committed group of residents across the region.  The Corridor Managment Plan was completed in 2015 through an extensive community participation process.  The Management Plan will be updated in 2024/2025.

Read the 2015 Corridor Management Plan

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