Maine Road Trips


Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort sits on the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway — one of Maine’s best drives for expansive water views — halfway between Portland, Maine and Quebec City, Canada. Day trip to Moosehead Lake, Jackman, the Carrabassett Valley. Ride the dirt backroads to Katahdin. Follow the Maine Beer Trail. Call 207-663-4466 to let us help you plan your Maine road trip.

The Drive to Northern Outdoors

The road to Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks, Maine is an incredibly beautiful drive through the Kennebec River Valley. The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway is a snapshot in time. Tracing the route of generations of travelers between Maine and Quebec, this segment of Route 201 is one of the most scenic drives in the Northeast. Winding alongside the Kennebec River, Wyman Lake, the Dead River and vast working forests, it is a spectacular drive revealing undeveloped ridges and islands framed by dramatic stands of white birch. Whether you travel by car, motorcycle or RV, you’ll discover that getting here is almost as enjoyable as being here!

Scenic Drives, Scenic Towns

Our Adventure Resort in The Forks is the perfect base for day trips on Maine’s scenic roads. Drive the Scenic Byway up to Jackman to paddle the Moose River. Head on over to Moosehead Lake to explore Mount Kineo. Visit Quebec City, or Portland from our wilderness outpost. Ask us at the front desk for suggested drives and directions, or download the Drives and Directions PDF.

The Backroads to Katahdin

Maine has all kinds of gravel and dirt roads to explore. A network of logging roads links up Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort in The Forks with our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp outside of Millinocket, Maine. These roads are ideal for dirt road touring, jeeping, and off-road enthusiasts if you really want to get into the North Woods. We can help you with route planning and know the best stops for lunch on the road and where the gas stations are (or aren’t, which is really important, too!)

An incredible Maine vacation would be to raft the Kennebec, stay at our Forks resort and enjoy the brewery. The next morning, pack up to drive the dirt roads north east to our Katahdin basecamp, and raft the Penobscot. Rafting road trip!

Best Drives in Maine

  • Get off the Main Roads: 5 Incredibly Scenic Drives in Maine - When it comes to scenic drives, Maine has plenty to pick from. Whether you want to see ocean vistas and charming harbor towns, streams meandering along winding back roads, rural farmland, stunning lakes, or majestic mountains, Maine has it all wrapped up into one state. And for those of you who prefer more nature and less cars, you’re in luck--some of the most scenic roads in Maine are found away from the tourist path.

Historic Route

  • Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway Along Maine’s Kennebec River - Cruising north out of Skowhegan on U.S. Route 201, you top a hill and a view opens up before you - mountains roll to the horizon and the sky doubles in size.  On your left, in a grassy area, is a sign announcing you are now driving on the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway. Informational plaques on stands offer information about the mountains before you and the history of the area.

Moose Crossing

  • Maine moose in the water Maine’s “Moose Alley” – US Route 201 to Adventure - The road to whitewater trips and trail adventures is also ideal for moose spotting. Because of their short necks, moose cannot lower their heads to graze in a traditional fashion, so they are often seen standing chest deep in water and marshes, feeding on underwater weeds or shore grasses.   This habit makes US Route 201 ideal for moose spotting as the road is bordered by miles of rivers, lakes, ponds and marshes.
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