Best Bike Rides in New England Guide Book

by Paul Thomas (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Bike Rides in New England  by Paul Thomas

264pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762701641

This compact guide details the most scenic, interesting, and challenging rides in New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. These 46 tours, which range from 15 to 100 miles, have proven appeal for active weekend riders and competitive cyclists alike.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides in New England" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 46.
... Preview: This excursion-which combines suburban, rural, and urban stretches-is located just outside Middletown, home of Wesleyan University, halfway between Hartford and New Haven, and just off three major hig ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Middletown, CT - Road Biking - Trail Length: 30.7
... Preview: This ride offers scenic rural roads, well-preserved towns, pine and hardwood forests, farm fields, lakes, streams, a bog, and a lively assortment of summer arts and culture centers. Not to mention ma ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Peterborough, NH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 36
... Preview: The carriage paths lacing Acadia National Park, on Maine's famous Mount Desert Island, are one of Acadia's unique features. These dirt roads, winding through the island's interior forests and skirtin ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Bar Harbor, ME - Road Biking,Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: In Central Massachusetts lies the vast Quabbin Reservoir. The reservoir is now the centerpiece of a large wilderness area, and the more than fifty islands that stud its surface are home to wild turkey ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Amherst, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 53
... Preview: With its 2 lanes arcing over the Mountains, the Kancamagus Highway is considered by many cyclists to be the ultimate road through the White Mountains. One challenging side trip is the steep climb to C ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
North Conway, NH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 37.7
... Preview: John Allis, a three-time Olympian, mapped this route in 1972 by tracing the least busy roads leading west from Cambridge. You'll explore the near-rural suburbs of Lincoln, Sudbury, and Weston. Since y ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Belmont, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33
... Preview: This southwestern corner of Vermont, bounded by the Battenkill and Waloomsac Rivers, hides some of the most pastoral land in all of New England. The ride roughly follows the course of these two rivers ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
North Bennington, VT - Road Biking - Trail Length: 43.1
... Preview: It's a first rate ride that offers both inland and coastal highlights. Loops will take you into a landscape of green hills, farms, and three coastal communities on Penobscot Bay, including the popular ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Camden, ME - Road Biking - Trail Length: 51.1
... Preview: This ride explores Boston's North Shore. The shorter 22-mile loop circles the rocky shores of Cape Ann, where fishermen's cottages and grand summer homes now share the ocean views. The route passes th ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Gloucester, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 36.4
... Preview: Many cyclists in New England dream about riding from Boston to Cape Cod—it’s a fantasy trip, one they plan to do someday. For others, this tour is an annual event—thanks largely to the American Youth ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Boston, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 115
... Preview: This ride rolls over a series of moderate north-south ridges from Middlebury, before leveling out near the shores of the long Lake Champlain; along the way it passes cow pastures, cranberry bogs, a st ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Middlebury, VT - Road Biking - Trail Length: 47.5
... Preview: This ride explores the pocket of land that lies between the Pilot Region, a small mountain range, and the main body of the White Mountain National Forest. This rolling terrain is laced by the strea ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Jefferson, NH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 28.8
... Preview: The southeastern corner of Vermont offers some of the finest cycling in New England. The Chester County Weekend explores this countryside of hills, river valleys, and bucolic Vermont villages, with tw ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Chester, VT - Road Biking - Trail Length: 45
... Preview: This ride explores the eastern foothills of the Green Mountains. The ride crosses from Chester to the West River's valley, where several restored villages cluster in the shadows of Mountains. Both o ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Chester, VT - Road Biking - Trail Length: 54
... Preview: Everyone loves a covered bridge, except truck drivers. Covered bridges make one think of how the landscape looked before cars, before bicycles even, when horse-drawn coaches and ox carts were the mean ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Swanzey, NH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 12.8
... Preview: This ride begins in historic Plymouth. Before exploring this town, though, the tour heads inland on sandy-shouldered roads for a rolling, 7-mile cruise through the largest state forest in eastern Mass ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Plymouth, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 47
... Preview: The Great Barrington Cruise is adapted from the Great Josh Billings RunAground, a triathlon run every fall. This ride follows the triathlon's cycling course almost to Stockbridge. It then turns south ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Great Barrington, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 28.9
... Preview: This ride begins at the town green in Hopkinton, at the starting line for the world-famous Boston Marathon. Instead of following the busy streets the marathon takes, this ride heads south and west int ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Hopkinton, MA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41.2
... Preview: This exhilarating and challenging tour explores the land formed by the Sheepscot and Kennebec rivers as they flow into the islands between Bath and Boothbay Harbor. Its 55 miles of rolling roads lead ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Wiscasset, ME - Road Biking - Trail Length: 55.2
... Preview: This challenging circuit traces a loop around the southwestern corner of New Hampshire's White Mountain National Forest. This is the Kinsman Region, named for the notch on its northern reach. It is do ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Plymouth, NH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 59.3