Beautiful Belfast is between Bar Harbor and Camden, the center of the Mid Coast.
The Middle of Mid Coast Maine
Driving up the Mid Coast of Maine, halfway between Camden and Mount Desert Island, you will cross the Belfast Bay Bridge arching over the wide Passagassawakeag River. You will slow down, even turn around, to get a longer look. To the west, the banks of the river are lush, green and healthy. To the east is peaceful Belfast Bay Harbor and out to the horizon of the great Atlantic Ocean.
The Belfast Harbor Walk along the shoreline rivals anything in the world. It begins at a little rocky beach by a handsome boathouse. You will find a bench and a bike rack and a view of the open ocean from the mouth of Belfast Bay. You may walk or bike north along a little seawall to Heritage Park, where the piers and docks begin and all the boats and yachts tie up.
A little further ahead is Main Street, lined with historic brick and stone architectural and delightful little shops, eateries, and galleries. In the Summer, Belfast is always preparing for the next celebration or holding a craft fair in the streets. There are several restaurants on Main Street to eat lunch or dinner. Then you can continue to Footbridge Road, which is actually an impressive masonry bridge built only for walking that spans all the way across the river. It is a unique and exciting feeling to walk out to the middle of the harbor on foot.
Once you have crossed the footbridge, you can curve around back over the Belfast Bay Bridge for a spectacular view of the entire Belfast Bay. Belfast has a large community of fine artists and many fine art galleries all over the city. You could spend several entertaining days scouting out the best artwork in the country here in Belfast, and still not see it all.