Norridgewock Ramble

Norridgewock, Maine

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The route is primarily on quiet secondary roads, where traffic is scarce. Rural scenery includes farms and two rivers. With two short sections of unpaved road, this is a perfect ride for a group that includes beginners on hybrid bikes. “Ramble” is a good word to describe this one: a pleasant, leisurely jaunt on quiet roads with fine views of the rural countryside and two rivers. The first river is the Kennebec, which flows from Moosehead Lake in the north, through the state capital, Augusta, past Bath Ironworks, then into the Atlantic at Popham. This is the river that Benedict Arnold and companions traveled on the grueling autumn 1775 expedition to Quebec. Chances are good they camped along the shore near Winding Hill Road after portaging around Norridgewock Falls. Arnold’s men paddled, poled, and dragged their bateaux upstream to Bingham, a little north of here, where they carried the boats and gear to Dead Creek, then north into Quebec. It’s a much happier experience on a bike, on a quiet back road, on a fine summer day.
Road Biking Northern New England

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Road Biking Northern New England

by Sandy Duling (Falcon Guides)

The route is primarily on quiet secondary roads, where traffic is scarce. Rural scenery includes farms and two rivers. With two short sections of unpaved road, this is a perfect ride for a group that includes beginners on hybrid bikes. “Ramble” is a good word to describe this one: a pleasant, leisurely jaunt on quiet roads with fine views of the rural countryside and two rivers. The first river is the Kennebec, which flows from Moosehead Lake in the north, through the state capital, Augusta, past Bath Ironworks, then into the Atlantic at Popham.

This is the river that Benedict Arnold and companions traveled on the grueling autumn 1775 expedition to Quebec. Chances are good they camped along the shore near Winding Hill Road after portaging around Norridgewock Falls. Arnold’s men paddled, poled, and dragged their bateaux upstream to Bingham, a little north of here, where they carried the boats and gear to Dead Creek, then north into Quebec. It’s a much happier experience on a bike, on a quiet back road, on a fine summer day.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Norridgewock
Distance: 16.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best Summer and Fall
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Norridgewock Ramble

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