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The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.

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Maine Byways and Scenic Drives


Acadia All-American Road
Maine State Route 3 (SR 3)

Acadia All-American Road / SR 3 is a 41 mile (66.0 km) long state highway located in southern Maine. Towns along the length of SR 3 include
Augusta

Belfast

Ellsworth

Bar Harbor



Source: Wikipedia Website




Black Woods Scenic Byway
Maine State Route 182

Blackwoods Byway starts in Franklin to Cherryfield, and travels along Route 182 for approximately 12 miles west of the junction of State Route 182 and Route 1. Catherine Mountain, near Franklin. To locals, this mountain is known as “Catherine’s Hill,” and it is the setting of a particularly spooky legend known as “Headless Catherine.”

This 12.5-mile route winds through rugged glacially formed lakes and erratic boulders, and provides plenty of access to fishing, swimming, paddling, and rugged hiking trails with panoramic vistas toward the Atlantic Ocean. Towns along the length include
Franklin

Cherryfield



Source: Wikipedia Website




Fish River (Route 11)

The Fish River Scenic Byway (formerly known as the Route 11 Scenic Byway) is a unique traveling experience. The corridor is 38 miles long and includes the Towns of Fort Kent, Wallagrass, Eagle Lake, Winterville, Portage Lake and unorganized townships 14 and 15 in range 6. Visitors to this region will not face crowds, congestion and development in this rural corner of the state. Towns along the length include
Fort Kent

Wallagrass

Eagle Lake

Winterville

Portage Lake



Source: Fish River Scenic Byway Website




Grafton Notch Scenic Byway





Katahdin Woods & Waters





Lackwoods Byway





Grafton Notch Scenic Byway





Grindstone Scenic Byway





Maine State Route 27





Million Dollar View Scenic Byway (Route 1)





Moosehead Lake Scenic Byway





Old Canada Road Scenic Byway (US Route 201)
National Scenic Byway

78 miles - Between Solon and its northern terminus, US 201 is known as the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway. Towns along the length include
Skowhegan

Solon

Bingham

Moscow

Caratunk

West Forks

Jackman

Moose River

The route ends at the US / Canadian border crossing at Sandy Bay


Source: Wikipedia Website




Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway (Route 113)





Rangeley Lakes





Saint John Valley





Schoodic





Seboomook Scenic Byway





The Bold Coast Scenic Byway





Touring the Maine Coast




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The 7 Principles

The Seven Principles of Leave No Trace provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.
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U.S. Route 1 (US 1)

is a major north / south U.S. Highway that serves the East Coast of the United States. It runs 2,369 miles (3,813 km), from Fort Kent, Maine, at the Canadian border, south to Key West, Florida.

U.S. Route 20 (US 20)

is an east / west United States highway. Spanning 3,365 miles, it is the longest road in the United States, and the route roughly parallels that of Interstate 90 (I-90). The highway's eastern terminus is in Boston, Massachusetts, at Kenmore Square, where it meets Route 2. Its western terminus is in Newport, Oregon, at an intersection with US 101, within a mile of the Pacific Ocean. US 20 passes through a total of 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.
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U.S. Route 50 (US 50)

is a major east?west route of the U.S. Highway system, stretching just over 3,000 miles from Ocean City, Maryland on the Atlantic Ocean to West Sacramento, California. US 50 passes through a total of 12 states: California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the District of Columbia.
Source: Wikipedia

Great River Road, along the Mississippi River

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Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee, Wisconsin

The Lincoln Highway

spanned coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California
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