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Ocean Paddlers

Sea kayaking has been described as the best on the East Coast. There are so many places to explore in this unique mid-coast region that it sometimes takes some help to fully experience what is available out there. The local chambers of commerce and sports outfitting stores have listings of...

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Relocation Guide

Welcome to the area. Ellsworth is situated at the head of navigation on the Union River and is a major crossing point for highways, hence its motto “Crossroads of Downeast Maine”. As the shire town of Hancock County, Ellsworth is the administrative and commercial hub of Downeast Maine. The motto...

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Black Woods Scenic Byway

Maine State Route 182, locally known as Blacks Woods Road, is a remarkable journey. Traversing the twelve and a half miles that connect the historic towns of Franklin and Cherryfield, visitors experience dark forests, ponds, lakes, streams, rocky hills, blueberry barrens, small farms and cottage businesses. Backwoods recreation opportunities abound....

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Schoodic Peninsula

Located a little east of Ellsworth along historic Route 1, the Schoodic region is the beginning of the Downeast Acadia trail. Route 1 and Route 186 were designated the Schoodic National Scenic Byway in June, 2000. The Schoodic Byway is your chance to enjoy this region's unique historic, scenic and...

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Bird Watching Downeast

For the year round guided bird walks contact: Bob Duchesne at: duchesne@midmaine.com, 207-827-3782, www.mainebirdingtrail.com Michael Good at: info@downeastnaturetours.com, 207-288-8128, www.downeastnaturetours.com Rich MacDonald at: info@thenaturalhistorycenter.com, 207-266-9461, www.thenaturalhistorycenter.com Ask about our Downeast and Acadia Bird Trail map. Photo: Studio 3 For state wide programs and field trips, contact Maine Audubon; www.maineaudubon.org and...

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Public Gardens

Asticou Azalea Garden Route 198 & 3 (Peabody Drive) Northeast Harbor, 207-276-5130 Beatrix Farrand Garden College of the Atlantic Route 3, Bar Harbor, 207-288-5015 Birdsacre, Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary Route. 3 Ellsworth, 207-667-8460 Ellsworth Garden Club Donald Little Memorial Park State & School St., Ellsworth, 207-667-8878 Ellsworth Public Library 20 State...

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Experience Authentic Maine

Stunning, unspoiled physical beauty abounds on the island and supports commercial and recreational activities. Stonington waters are home to a working fleet of more than 300 lobster boats and, in the summer, recreational boating and kayaking. In the late 1800's granite quarries from the island supplied stone to historic structures...

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Branch Lake Public Forest

The Branch Lake Public Forest comprises 239 acres on the shore of Branch Lake, the drinking water supply for the City of Ellsworth. It contains more than 3 miles of trails to the lake shore. Two, 1.6-mile loop trails wind through varied forest types to reach the rocky shore of...

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Take A Hike

Visitors and locals alike have many opportunities to get out and stretch their legs in Ellsworth. We’re not thinking of climbing mountains or trekking through the wilderness, but walks in the urban area or in the woods. Enjoy the City of Ellsworth Public Forest with more than 3 miles of...

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Public Boat Launch Sites

One of the best ways to see Maine is on the water. Though land in Maine is 95 percent privately owned, there is public access to much of the water. Listed below are state-supported sites in Hancock and Washington counties, both freshwater and tidewater. For more Information call the Maine...

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