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 come to the Belfast Bay Bridge arching over the wide Passagassawakeag River. You will slow down and turn around to get a longer look at a breathtaking view. To the west, the banks of the river are lush, green and healthy. To the east is peaceful Belfast Bay Harbor and the channel that lead out to the horizon of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Belfast Harbor Walk along the shoreline is a colorful, peaceful stroll along the calm riverside with seagulls and boats and through a working marina where big boats are hauled and winterized. It begins at a little rocky beach by a handsome boathouse. 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 and delightful little shops and eateries. In the Summer, Belfast is always preparing for the next celebration or holding a craft fair in the streets. You could spend several days scouting out the best artwork in the country along Route One and in the local galleries and still not see it all.
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 and lining Route One all the way to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.