Beautiful, authentic Belfast, Maine is situated between Bar Harbor and Camden – at the center of the Mid-coast Region
Driving along the Mid Coast of Maine, at the halfway point between Camden and Mount Desert Island, you will come to the Belfast Bay Bridge arching over the wide Passagassawakeag River. You may wish to slow down and turn to get a longer look at a breathtaking view. To the west, the banks of the river are lush, green and vibrant. To the east lies Belfast Harbor, a “working harbor”, and beyond, the channel which leads out to Penobscot Bay, home to some of the best sailing on the East Coast.
The Belfast Harbor Walk follows the shoreline. It is a picturesque stroll along the calm riverside which traverses a working shipyard where big boats are hauled and repaired or made ready for the season. The Harbor Walk begins at a little rocky beach by a handsome boathouse. You can walk or bike north along a seawall to Heritage Park, where the piers and docks begin, and all the boats and yachts tie up to get fuel or take on passengers. Be sure to read the placards along your walk. These comprise Belfast’s “Museum in the Streets”, and offer a historical perspective.
A little further ahead is Main Street, a historic district lined with unique 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.
Continue your stroll to Footbridge Road, which is actually an impressive masonry bridge built only for walking and spans the entire river. It is a popular spot for locals and tourists, who want to experience the feeling of walking out to the middle of the harbor on foot, and the views it affords. Once you have crossed the footbridge, you can curve around back over the Belfast Bay Bridge for a panoramic view of the entire Belfast Bay.