Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path
Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path, Brunswick, ME, USA
Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path Brunswick Reviews
Path Well Travelled... Mar 24, 2012
During returns to Maine I noticed bikers and runners cruising along a paved pathway skirting Coastal Route One beside the Androscoggin River. Looked very cool and to satisfy curiosity, I was compelled to experience the route. Turned out to be a fortunate decision, because it is a splendid diversion. The Androscoggin River Bicycle & Pedestrian Path is an excellently designed (and maintained) paved route running 2.6 miles one way (so a five mile round trip if you wanna see the finish line and get back to your car). Just experiencing the path is a treat, but it is thoroughly enriched by simply witnessing all the other folks sharing your desire.
Youngsters pedaling along with training wheels was probably the best part. It was a chilly March day, so I knew the crowd was strictly non-tourist, but heck, to witness a ‘crowd’ undergoing physical endeavor at these temperatures was a great stimulus! The popularity explained why I always saw somebody trekking along the few times I was driving beside the pathway.
The route is well designed. There is a wider path on the right as you head north, clearly and frequently posted for bikes, with the narrower side posted for pedestrians. It was charming how you were running along the Androscoggin and Route One at the same time, but could dismiss the traffic buzz because the sweeping river views drew your attention. Will also note there are two rest room facilities (i.e., outhouses, but featuring modern construction) along the path, so decidedly convenient.
No earth shattering revelations along a paved path, though I was quite surprised to see a plaque documenting Merrymeeting Place, an amusement park from years gone by which I had never heard of (and of which no trace remains). Near this plaque is the single hiking trail off of the path (they need more!), though it is hardly a trail. The unpaved route leads down to the river and although you need to endure a steep plummet, ends at a pleasant point equipped with a picnic table.
There are parking spots at either end. If you are in Brunswick, take Water Street to the very end (just head north on Federal Street, it will turn into Water Street). The other end is near Cook’s Corner, so if you are on 24 North, hang a left onto Old Bath Road and then your first left after the bridge over Coastal One onto Grover Lane (there are no turns before the bridge, so it’s really just the first left). If you miss Grover Lane and proceed another few miles, take a right onto Brookview Drive, which is where I used to live!
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