The Moosehead Trail

By Frederick Freudenberger | Aug 05, 2010

Last weekend I had the pleasure of going up to camp at my friend's cabin in Dover-Foxcroft. It was a perfect weekend: sunny skies, no rain, and plenty of daylight.

Me being me, I took my motorcycle there. While I went to Lake Sebec, about 2.5 hours away, the ride decribed in this article highlights what I thought was the best section of the trip — The Moosehead Trail.

The trail, otherwise known as ME-7, runs north from Belfast to Dexter, but the most scenic part of the route ends at Plymouth Pond near Detroit.

The ride lasts about 110 miles and should take less than three hours from Rockland.

This ride puts you through some of the rolling hills and highlands of Waldo County where you can see for quite some way around. There are plenty of ups and downs on the ride and the view will really give you something to smile about.

Not only that but the ride ends at Plymouth Pond. There, you take a narrow land bridge that makes you feel like you are sailing. It's a short bridge but certainly a neat feeling.

Simply put, the ride goes from US-1 North to ME-7 North then back down.

From Rockland, head north on Route 1 toward Belfast and continue to follow the signs for Route 1 until you get there. On Route 1 you are going to want to take the bridge across the bay — but don't.

Instead, take the exit towards Belfast/Freedom/Brooks on the right before you hit the bay.

Then take a left onto Route 7/137 and continue to follow Route 7 North. You will have to turn right about a mile down the road to stay on Route 7 but it does not get any more complicated than that.

I would recommend staying on Route 7 until it intersects with Route 69 in Detroit, then turn around and head home.

Really, the ride is pure joy. The roads are in great condition and the scenery is spectacular. One warning though: fuel up in Belfast because gas is scarce and Waldo County is a big place to wander around sans-vehicle.

Fortunately there is a small convenience store at the end of the route where you can rest, get a snack, and take in the view of the lake before heading back.

Or maybe you won't want to.

So, keep the paint up, the rubber down, and your hand on the throttle.

Route map via Google Maps.

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