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Bangor • Katahdin Lincoln Lakes • Moosehead Lake Sebasticook Valley

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The Wondrous

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A Vacation Experience Like No Other in America! A natural region for people with a passion

for wildlife, we have so much to offer the watchful

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Bob Hamer

eye. For birders, we have Canadian Geese, songbirds, abundant species of ducks, and even bald eagles! And in this rich and wild ecosystem, sightings of moose, fox, deer, and bear are quite common. There’s a perfect body of water for every level of experience and any length of excursion. Guided expeditions by canoe and kayak can take you far into the wilderness with expert instruction, catered meals and the best provisions. From whitewater rafting to freshwater fishing, it’s all in The Maine Highlands. With hundreds of miles of well-marked trails and three area ski mountains, both cross-country and downhill skiing are widely enjoyed. Plan a snowmobile-oriented tour and vacation for the thrill of cruising over frozen terrain or wellgroomed trails. And don’t forget ice fishing...to get a second shot at the one that got away! Experience the outdoors with a bit more adrenaline in The Maine Highlands. From mountain biking to whitewater rafting, and rock climbing to the revered tradition of hunting, the landscape here was made for extreme activities in the wild. If you prefer more of an indoors experience, then try your hand at Maine’s only gaming facility right in Bangor, or spend the day strolling Main Street enjoying the many unique boutiques and fine eateries.


What’s Inside

Table of Contents

CANADA N.B.

Steeped in History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

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Bountiful Farms & Food . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Bangor

The Maine

Unlimited Things to Do . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

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Highlands

Majestic Wildlife . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Portland

Exceptional Fishing . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Boston

Unparalleled Water Sports . . . . . . 12 Grand Natural Wonders . . . . . . . . 14

New York City

Extraordinary Hiking . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Rich with Parks & Reserves . . . . . . 18 Stacked with Adventure . . . . . . . . . . 20 Amazing Winter Wonderland . . . . . . 22 Spectacular Fall Foliage . . . . . . . . . 24 More To Do! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Plan Your Trip . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Contact Us GREATER BANGOR CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU 800.91.MOOSE | 207.947.5205 VisitBangorMaine.com Visitor Information Center at: Bangor International Airport, 287 Godfrey Boulevard, Bangor; in the Lobby of the Eastern Maine Development Corporation; and the University of Maine Art Museum, 40 Harlow Street, Bangor

KATAHDIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 207.723.4443 KatahdinMaine.com Visitor Information Centers at: Medway exit off I-95 and at 1029 Central Street, Millinocket

LINCOLN LAKES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 207.794.8065 LincolnMEChamber.org Visitor Information Center at: 256 West Broadway, Lincoln

MOOSEHEAD LAKE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 207.695.2702 | 888.876.2778 MooseheadLake.org Visitor Information Center at: 156 Moosehead Lake Road, Greenville

SEBASTICOOK VALLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 207.368.4698 OurChamber.org Visitor Information Center at: 1589 Main Street, Palmyra

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Steeped in History of Lumbering in Maine Logging in Maine began in the early 1600’s

KATAHDIN IRON WORKS

Historical Sites Mount Kineo is an 800 foot mountain of rhyolite that rises dramatically from the deepest portion of Moosehead Lake. This was a location well known to the Native Americans who traveled great distances to Kineo for the hard rock with flint-like qualities that was used for tools and arrowheads. Mt. Kineo offers 3.5 miles of lake frontage, a primitive campsite, and four hiking trails as part of its Moosehead Lake Reserve. A former forest watch tower at the summit of Mt. Kineo has been converted to a viewing tower, providing spectacular views of Moosehead Lake.

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MT. KINEO

Katahdin Iron Works is a State of Maine maintained historic site that houses the remains of a blast furnace and charcoal kiln originally built in 1843. You can walk through the remains of the old blast furnace and imagine yourself traveling back in time to the heyday of this unique operation. During the operation of this facility in the late nineteenth century, nearly 2,000 tons of iron was produced here. Location: Katahdin Iron Works Road, Brownville

THOMAS HILL STANDPIPE The Thomas Hill Standpipe is Bangor’s most visible national historic landmark and is still in use today. Built in 1897, the shell is 110 feet high and 85 feet in diameter. The Bangor Water District opens the standpipe once every season for people to climb the wooden staircase around the tank and take in the magnificent view from the 280-foot circumference promenade deck.

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The Paul Bunyan Statue in Bangor

when English explorers first cut trees on Monhegan Island. In 1634, the first sawmill, powered by water, was built in South Berwick. By 1832, Bangor had become the largest shipping port for lumber in the world. During this period, Patten, situated 100 miles north of Bangor, became a center for logging operations. Each spring, logs harvested in the Patten area during the preceding winter were floated down the Penobscot Photo by Frank Crosby River in massive drives to the mills in Bangor. The early logging camp came into use in 1820 and consisted of a main camp built around a fire pit. Many camps were inhabited by a crew of 12-14 men and a team of oxen. All men slept in the same bed under one long blanket using their boots as pillows. The men ate four meals a day consisting of flap jacks, pickled beef, boiled codfish, beans, sourdough biscuits, and strong tea. Needless to say, Lumberjacks held the strength of the earth in their hands and were the heart and soul of the northern Maine woods.


Patrons come to the Page Farm and Home Museum each year to learn about the industry, agriculture, economy, and home-life of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The restored White Farm barn, a post and beam structure, is the centerpiece of the Museum along with a restored one-room schoolhouse. Heirloom varieties of herbs, flowers, and vegetables that were grown from 1865 to 1940 are cultivated here. The Museum has become home for the state’s most important collection of farm technologies and artifacts of Maine’s rural culture. Location: University of Maine - Orono campus

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PAGE FARM AND HOME MUSEUM

See farm animals close up at the Curran Homestead

Photography

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Cultural Sites/Museums

THE CURRAN HOMESTEAD The Curran family once operated a turn-of-the-century subsistence farm whose animals, crops, and woodlot provided the family with food, shelter, heat, and enough cash for the necessities. The Living History Farm and Museum was created incorporating the house, barn and related buildings with approximately thirtyfive acres overlooking Fields Pond, the core of the original homestead. Location: 372 Fields Pond Road, Orrington

Photo by Bob Hamer

MOOSEHEAD MARINE MUSEUM The Moosehead Marine Museum’s historic cruise boat, the Katahdin, is a national historic landmark and a remnant of past logging days. Built in 1914, this vessel is the main attraction of the Museum’s collection of marine memorabilia of the Moosehead area. The Katahdin offers regularly scheduled narrated cruises from late June through early October. Location: Greenville

MAINE FOREST AND LOGGING MUSEUM – LEONARD’S MILLS

Photo by Roger Merchant

Pottery making demonstrations at Leonard’s Mills

Leonard’s Mills is the centerpiece of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, which is dedicated to keeping alive the forest industry of long ago. Located on an actual site of an early pioneer settlement, the museum is represented by an authentic reconstruction of a logging and milling community of the 1790’s. This museum is unique, in that it combines an interactive Living History format with volunteers dressed in the clothing of the period, an operating “up-and-down” sawmill, and a variety of other interpretative sites that include an authentic blacksmith shop, bateaux, trappers’ line camp, and a settlers’ log cabin. The public is invited to participate in a variety of activities or enjoy hiking nature trails that are throughout the adjacent forest.

Photo by Roger Merchant

Location: Off Route 178, Bradley

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Bountiful Agricultural Tours Some of the freshest foods and local flavors in the

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region can be found by taking part in some agricultural tours. Buying local and directly from the source only makes sense!! From bison and maple syrup to apples and Christmas trees, you will find what you need in The Maine Highlands region.

Highlands Farms BISON FARMING

Growing an apple takes much more effort and love than digging a hole and planting some seeds. Our regional apple orchards take great pride in producing some of New England’s best apples. The summer’s warm days and fall’s cool nights make our apples some of the juiciest and crisp available! Apples become ripe for picking around the end of August and picking continues until the last apple is gone from the tree in late October. When planning your visit, be sure to include a stop at a local apple orchard along the way!

Photo by Brandy Ellis

APPLE ORCHARDS AND PICKING

In the late 1800’s, the American Buffalo, better known as Bison, faced extinction. With only an estimated 1,000 of North America’s largest land mammals left, the American Bison Society was formed to help save the species. Today, herds number over 350,000 and are growing. The meat is very good for you! Very low in fat, calories and cholesterol, buffalo meat does not taste gamey and what fat the meat does have is high in polyunsaturates and essential fatty acids. One of the most unique agricultural experiences one can have is visiting a bison farm.

Pick Your Own or Shop Farmers’ Markets One of the best foodie experiences is

picking your own produce. There are many agricultural farms in the region that provide opportunities to pick all kinds of locally grown food, from berries to hearty vegetables and even trees! Farmers’ markets offer a variety of handmade, locally grown food and products that range from fresh fruit, produce, baked goodies, and locally grown organic meats and poultry to soaps, herbal teas and crafts. Seafood caught fresh off Maine’s coast can also be found at some markets. There are over five established farmers’ markets and countless farm stands throughout our region. Some markets are seasonal and others are year-round. Pick your own pumpkins at a Maine Highlands farm

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Adult bison males can weigh over 2,000 pounds!

CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS The perfect Christmas tree can be found here! Our local tree farms produce real Christmas trees and wreaths for mail order, cut your own or retail throughout North America during the Christmas season. Over 98% of the Christmas trees in homes for the holiday are plantation grown. We are fortunate to have numerous Christmas tree farms within our region not only for harvesting but for the environment. The tree farms provide oxygen to the atmosphere and increased living habitat for our wildlife population. The usual tree takes four to ten years to grow and are nurtured by the farmer every step of the way.


Family fun on Maine Maple Sunday

Maine Maple Syrup Maine is known for our maple syrup, but the

process behind making this famous treat is one that is often forgotten. Maple sap flows in Maine from late February to mid April. On Maine Maple Sunday, many sugarhouses offer free tastings and live demonstrations to show how sap becomes syrup. Most producers participate in this state-wide event, which happens the fourth Sunday in March.

Dining

Photo by Lee Rand

In this region of Maine, we take food seriously! As home to a majority of the lumberjack population, you will find that most of our restaurants and eateries specialize in the comforts of homemade, authentic, flavorful food served in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Enjoy the taste of real Maine with baked beans, cooked overnight and marinated in molasses, and homemade biscuits made from scratch using grandma’s secret family recipe. But that’s not all. Don’t miss out on the region’s gourmet and fine dining. From juicy filet mignons to expertly prepared seafood, our region has it all. Treat yourself to some of the best the north Maine woods has to offer.

Photo by Jamie Bloomquist

RESTAURANTS AND EATERIES

From gourmet and fine dining to baked beans and homemade biscuits our region has it all!

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Shopping

The Maine Highlands region offers many different and unique shopping experiences for our visitors. Our region fosters the total shopping experience with traditional Main Street boutiques and shops complete with antique stores, small cafes, and art galleries to the Bangor Mall area, with outlet stores and a mall with over 80 stores. Whatever you are looking for, The Maine Highlands has it! One of the most unique features that our region offers is the vast assortment of arts and handmade craft products. Offering a range of handmade jewelry, mixed media works of art, clay, glass, and metal products, you will find your one of a kind treasure here in The Maine Highlands.

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From an educational hike in our natural wilderness or an eventful evening spent gaming at Maine’s only gaming facility, The Maine Highlands has so many things to do, one can never be bored. With Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway and an historic horse racing track in Bangor, this is Maine’s premier entertainment destination. Communities throughout the region are host to many concerts, special events, festivals, and fairs. Be sure to check out our restaurants and pubs which sometimes feature local live music during the evenings. Keep an eye on our calendar of events for seasonal concerts, fairs, festivals, and special events.

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Entertainment/Nightlife

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Photo by Roger Merchant

Hollywood Slots Hotel & Raceway is your home for winning action! Enter a world of bright lights and gaming action while making your guest-star appearance at one of 1,000 sensational slots. They have slot denominations ranging from 1¢ to $10. From traditional reel and video slots, video poker and even video roulette, there is something for everyone! Think you’ve got what it takes? Step into their High Limit exclusive area. Bigger stakes, bigger rewards! Take your seat for an exhilarating gaming experience! Test your luck on our Wheel of Fortune machines, Video Roulette, Village People Party, Hot Hot Super Jackpot or Monte Carlo for the most up-to-date sneak peek in gaming entertainment.

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Seasonal Events WINTER DECEMBER Bangor — Downtown Countdown JANUARY Moosehead Lake — Moosehead Lake Togue Ice Fishing Derby with Ricky Craven JANUARY & FEBRUARY Sebasticook Valley — Pine Tree Ride-In Snowmobile Parade

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FEBRUARY Moosehead Lake — 100 Mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race Moosehead Lake — Annual Moosehead Lake Chocolate Festival Sebasticook Valley — Annual David D. Merrill Memorial Sled Dog Challenge Katahdin Region — WinterFest

MAY – JUNE Moosehead Lake — Moose Mainea Month

JUNE Sebasticook Valley — Annual Detroit Bluegrass Festival Sebasticook Valley — Sebasticook Valley Community Band Concerts Dover-Foxcroft — Whoopie Pie Festival Photo by Leonard’s Mills

MARCH Lincoln Lakes — Snocross Festival

SUMMER

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JULY Moosehead Lake — Gazebo Concert Series Moosehead Lake — The Annual Thoreau-Wabanaki Trail Festival Sebasticook Valley — Central Maine Egg Festival Lincoln Lakes — Homecoming & River Driver’s Supper JULY & AUGUST Bangor — Bangor State Fair

SEPTEMBER Moosehead Lake — Annual International Seaplane Fly-In Sebasticook Valley — North Country Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Bangor — Bangor Car Show: Wheels on the Waterfront Katahdin Region — Trail’s End Festival

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OCTOBER FALL FOLIAGE throughout the region – scenic drive opportunities

JULY – AUGUST – SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER Photo by Roger Merchant

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AUGUST Sebasticook Valley — Dexter’s Wild West Weekend Bangor — American Folk Festival Katahdin Region — Wooden Arts/Canoe Festival

Bangor — Tommyknockers and More Bus Tours Photo by Jane Black

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Majestic Moose Watching

Wildlife

Because of The Maine Highlands region’s rich environment and natural terrain, we have

some of the best spots to see Maine’s State Animal, our majestic moose. With a healthy and visible population, the moose has become a state symbol ever since it was put on the state seal in 1820. Going on a safari to spot them has grown to be a family-enjoyed adventure. While it is not impossible to find a moose if you know where to look, the area offers guided tours and “Moose Safaris” where you are almost guaranteed to see one of these uniquely beautiful creatures.

MOOSEHEAD LAKE AND BAXTER STATE PARK

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Photo by Lori N. Beaucar

At Moosehead Lake, moose outnumber people three to one.

Animal Sightings

GUIDED TOURS Having a well trained, registered Maine guide can be a great advantage to your moose finding excursion, whether it is by water or land. With a riverside boat tour, one can find the moose in one of its favorite spots, snacking on vegetation or going for a drink at a pond. Having a guided tour can also increase the wonder of your trip, as they often know just how close you can get to a moose, enabling you to take the perfect picture. On foot, the guided tour can take you to spot a moose the way they were meant to be seen. With a guide’s help and knowledge, you are able to relax and take in the scenery while on the hunt for moose.

While on your walk or

hike, be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for sightings of the following wildlife: • Deer • White-tailed deer • Bobcats • Beavers • Rabbits • Porcupines • Black bear

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Two of the best moose watching spots in the state are in The Maine Highlands region, Moosehead Lake and Baxter State Park. In and around Moosehead, moose outnumber people three to one, and it’s no wonder why the lake got its name. In Baxter State Park, moose hunting is outlawed, so they are free to roam, which makes them easier to locate. While these wonderful and state beloved creatures can be hard to spot sometimes, that does not mean they aren’t around a corner, so drive with alertness and safely when travelling within the region, especially any area that is identified as a moose crossing.


Photo by Barbara Plummer

Bald Eagles can have a wingspan of up to 8 feet and can weigh as much as 8-18 pounds.

Birds/Land Animals

Birding With so much nature and wildlife to be appreciated, The Maine Highlands is a birders’ wonderland. Having so many areas of preserved nature, there is an excellent cross section of birds to spot and some very unique birds to admire. FIELDS POND AUDUBON CENTER

BAXTER STATE PARK

This Maine Audubon managed land has made for some tremendous birding. This diverse and beautiful property has attracted numerous kinds of birds, including songbirds Photo by Fields Pond Audubon Center and waterfowl. Birds to look for: American Bittern, Sora, and Virginia Rail Location: 216 Fields Pond Road in Holden

The home of Mount Katahdin has become a tremendous place to visit for birders with 209,000 acres filled with hard-to-find birds that any bird watcher and enthusiast would appreciate. Birds to see: American Pipits, Bicknell’s Thrush Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees, Lease Flycatchers Merlin, Spruce Grouse, and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers Location: After exit 244 of I-95, go west on Route 11 to the park

THE BANGOR CITY FOREST & ORONO BOG BOARDWALK

Located just east of Moosehead Lake is Kokadjo, a small township and bird haven. Because of the mixture of birdseed eaters and lush forest, there is an excellent mixture of birds to be enjoyed, as well as ponds and lightly traveled roads. Birds to see: Barn Swallows, Bay-breasted Warblers, Cliff Swallows, Gray Jays, Lincoln’s Sparrows, and Mourning Warbler Location: 18 miles north of Greenville on Photo by Camp Wapiti the Lily Bay Road

Not too far from the city of Bangor, the Orono Bog Boardwalk consists of a mile-long loop with bog wildlife not seen anywhere else. Birds to look for: Lincoln’s Sparrows, Photo by Roger Merchant Baltimore Oriole, and Palm Warbler Location: Heading north on Stillwater Avenue turn onto Tripp Drive

SUNKHAZE MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE Being a National Wildlife Reserve, Sunkhaze Meadows is host to multiple, unusual and boreal species of bird. It has numerous trails and loops through marsh and wetland forest to be explored by the devoted birder. Birds to see: Black-backed Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees, Gray Jays, and Spruce Grouse Location: From U.S. Route 2 outside of Milford, take Country Road

BORESTONE MOUNTAIN

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Photo by June Leduc

KOKADJO

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Located just southeast of Greenville, this beautiful Maine Audubon sanctuary is a great hike for birders. There is an excellent cross section of birds to identify and an excellent view of Borestone Mountain’s summit. Birds to see: Blackburnian Warblers, Northern Goshawks, and Northern Parula Location: Traveling on Greeneville Rd. after Monson bear right onto Mountain Rd (Ellitosville Rd). After 7+ miles, turn left at the intersection after Big Wilson Stream Bridge Photo by Roger Merchant

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Exceptional Fishing Fishing

There are many different fishing experiences that you can have in The Maine Highlands region. Lakes and streams boasting several species of fish dot our landscape by the dozens. Be sure that you are prepared, have a valid fishing license, and are up-to-date on the State of Maine fishing regulations. Here is some more information on what is available by region:

Areas to Fish

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The Lincoln Lakes region has many varieties of fish waiting for you, including small mouth bass, bass, white perch, chain pickerel, salmon, brook and lake trout, and other various species. The Penobscot River is considered to be one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in the eastern United States. Mattanawcook Pond, Cold Stream Pond, Round Pond, Crooked Pond and other bodies of water in the region provide great opportunities to fish shallow waters, deep waters, stocked ponds, and everything in between.

MOOSEHEAD LAKE REGION The Moosehead Lake region offers some of the finest fishing opportunities for wild brook trout, lake trout, blue back trout, landlocked salmon, muskie, and smallmouth bass anywhere in the northeast. The region is over 4,000 square miles, with more than 600 lakes and ponds, 30 plus miles of major streams & rivers and over 3,000 miles of tributaries. Within the region are the headwaters of the Penobscot, Kennebec, St. John, Moose, Roach and Allagash Rivers. Moosehead Lake, the center piece of the region is 75,000 acres, nearly forty miles long and twelve miles wide. Moosehead offers endless opportunities for all types of anglers. Photo by Bob Hamer

Despite Bangor’s urban feel, the Greater Bangor region is peppered with lakes, rivers and streams. With the mighty Penobscot River making its way directly through Bangor, and the Kenduskeag Stream always popular with fisherman, these are excellent spots for riverside angling. If lakes are your preference, Brewer Lake, Pushaw Lake and Hermon Pond make for great still-water fishing with bountiful salmon and white perch to be found. If other places in The Maine Highlands seem like a haul, Bangor is never too far away. Ph

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LINCOLN LAKES REGION


Fish Species LAND-LOCKED SALMON

SMALL MOUTH BASS

• Freshwater form of the Atlantic salmon • Adults weigh 3-5 pounds • Great fighters and leapers on the fly

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• Adults weigh 2 to 3 pounds • Bass weighing 4-5 pounds are taken occasionally

TOGUE (LAKE TROUT) BROOK TROUT • Size varies greatly depending on water temperature and food sources • Maine has the largest population of wild brook trout in the United States

• Commonly reach lengths of 18 to 24 inches and weights of 2 to 4 pounds – fish over 25 pounds have been caught in recent years • Togue are among the longest-lived and largest freshwater game fish

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SEBASTICOOK VALLEY

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Types of fishing in the region include ice fishing, drift boat fishing, and fly fishing.

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Sebasticook Valley offers an abundance of lakes, ponds and streams with a wide variety of fisheries. Common on most bodies are white and yellow perch, pickerel and black crappie. Most larger bodies host large - and smallmouth bass. Brook trout are abundant in smaller bodies and cited as popular in the West Branch of the Sebasticook River, north of Great Moose Lake. Great Moose in Hartland is also a newcomer to brown trout management that holds considerable promise as a brown trout fishery, according to information from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Locals also cite the availability of landlocked salmon.

KATAHDIN REGION The Katahdin region’s lakes and streams are teaming with bass, salmon, lake trout, brook trout, perch, and pickerel. Landlocked salmon make the Penobscot River a prime fishing location, and if you’re looking for brook trout, be sure to bring your rod to any of our brooks or streams and get ready to cast away! Any of the area lakes are accessible by boat or canoe, and if you need assistance in finding the right spot to catch that trophy bass, be sure to contact one of our many local guide services to help your dream come true. Photo by Jamie Bloomquist

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Unparalleled World Class Whitewater Challenge yourself with the whitewater of the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Dead Rivers. Every class

of whitewater awaits you here in The Maine Highlands region. The area is home to many whitewater rafting companies that provide professional guides for your trip. All rafters go through a safety orientation and all transportation and equipment is furnished, ensuring you have a fun and safe whitewater adventure.

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Experience the West Branch of the Penobscot River, which is one of the most technical rivers to raft in the United States. With class IV and V whitewater, this river provides exciting descents from McKay Station to Pockwockamus Falls, through the class V Ripogenus Gorge and Cribworks. This trip is 14 miles long, and you are guaranteed the thrill of your life. The Kennebec River is well-known for amazingly breathtaking scenery, waves up to eight feet and rapids like Big Mama and the famous Magic Falls. This trip is 12 miles long and most rafting companies provide a light snack or meal during your trip on any of the rivers in our area. The Dead River has more whitewater per mile than any river in the East and is sure to keep you paddling! The 16 mile trip will entertain you as well with sightings of moose, osprey and bald eagles. With only a few dam releases a year – this river’s rafting reservations go fast. When planning on visiting The Maine Highlands region, be sure to add World Class Whitewater Rafting to your to-do list.


The Maine Highlands is covered in lakes, streams, and ponds and every one of them has an adventure waiting to happen. With over 100 boat launches, it’s very clear why so many come to enjoy The Maine Highlands waters. Experience the solitude and amazing scenery that can only be found by taking to our waterways. Bring your own or rent a water craft, take a class, or follow a guide through our unspoiled lakes and ponds. For a detailed map of launch sites and canoe trips, please visit the Chamber of Commerce websites.

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Canoeing and Kayaking

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail The 740-

Moosehead Lake offers paddlers a lifetime of adventures available on its 40 mile length. Winds can be fierce with large waves, so a seaworthy boat is essential. Thoreau traveled this section of the NFCT, writing of his trip in The Maine Woods. Plan for an extra day and pack a novel while you soak up all the beauty like Thoreau did. Don’t forget your hiking shoes, as the short hike up Mt. Kineo on the lake’s eastern shore is not to be missed.

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mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) traces Native American travel routes across some of the most scenic paddling country in the Northeast from Old Forge, New York, across Vermont, Québec and New Hampshire, to Fort Kent, Maine. This nationally recognized water trail represents a series of more than 50 interconnected destinations, extending through a diversity of waterways, landscapes, and communities within the Northern Forest region.

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The storied Northeast Carry takes paddlers a relatively short distance into the West Branch of the Penobscot, but it’s symbolically a bigger passage into the wilder region of northern Maine. The river is wide and slow and for 20 miles paddlers are enticed around the next bend by moose and heron before ending in the open stretches of Chesuncook Lake. This area is not for the inexperienced, but with proper preparation, its rewards are unparalleled. Learn more about the Moosehead/Penobscot region section of the trail including outfitters, businesses and services along with the NFCT interactive Map Tool at www.northernforestcanoetrail.org.

Other Water Sports With so many bodies of water,

The Maine Highlands offers a variety of water activities:

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• Wake Boarding • Ice Sailing • White Water Rafting

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• Boating • Sailing • Fishing • Water Skiing

All ages and skill levels can experience a variety of water adventure activities in the Highlands.

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Grand Mount Katahdin Maine’s shining gem, mount katahdin is and will always be one of Maine’s most majestic sights.

Maine’s highest mountain peaks at nearly a mile (5,267 feet or 1,606 m) and was formed by underground magma. Named by the Penobscot Indians, Katahdin’s name means “Greatest Mountain.” The first recorded climb belonged to Charles Tuner, Jr. in 1804, and one of Katahdin’s most famously documented trips comes from author and explorer Henry David Thoreau in his travel book The Maine Woods. Claiming nineteen lives since 1963, this mountain is not for the unprepared. Several trails are offered for various hiking levels. If you’re in for an exciting adventure, there is Katahdin’s “Knife Edge,” a section of the mountain where it is only two to three feet wide at points. The hike isn’t just a challenging nature trek, it’s also a beautiful one. If you haven’t been before, come and see Maine from its highest natural peak.

GULF HAGAS

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Located inside of the Katahdin Iron Works Forest is Gulf Hagas, a National Natural Landmark. Part of the Appalachian Trail and the 100 Mile Wilderness, this heavily wooded gorge is more than three miles long and is carved through slate bedrock. Also known as “The Grand Canyon of Maine,” this canyon goes as deep as 400 feet. The entire trek itself is an eight mile loop and is an intermediate trail, but it’s not just simply an attractive nature hike with numerous waterfalls and swimming holes because the trek allows you to connect with nature in a whole new way. Located not too far from Greenville or Brownville Junction, Gulf Hagas makes for an excellent day trip for the experienced hiker. This is a must add to your Maine Highlands vacation itinerary!

Gulf Hagas, Maine’s grandest canyon

Katahdin, the tallest mountain in Maine, is noteworthy for being the most northern point of the Appalachian Trail, and the final point for those looking to travel it. It is also the starting point for the International Appalachian Trail.

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Rivers, Lakes and Waterfalls

Moosehead Lake, the largest lake in Maine

Looking for a lakeside adventure? Come visit the largest lake in Maine! Covering 74,890 acres, Moosehead Lake is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the United States. Along with holding that title, Moosehead Lake is also the largest lake east of the Mississippi contained within one state and is home to over 80 islands. The activities to enjoy within the Moosehead Lake region are countless. Whether you are a hiker, birder, swimmer, kayaker or any other outdoors adventurer, Moosehead Lake is the place for you.

Photo by Bob Hamer

MOOSEHEAD LAKE

PENOBSCOT RIVER

Photo by Dan Legere

Another one of the state of Maine’s superlatives boasted by The Maine Highlands is the Penobscot River. Stretching over 350 miles, the Penobscot River is the longest river in the state, majestically flowing east into the Atlantic Ocean. The Penobscot River consists of four main branches and originates from several different lakes within the state. This rugged river is flanked by strong woods and is a true picture of natural beauty. Some of the best fishing can be found along the shores of the Penobscot River. The West Branch of the river is known for its landlock salmon fishing and the East Branch is well known for its Smallmouthed Bass Fisheries. Penobscot River, Maine’s longest river Photo by Roger Merchant

WATERFALLS While most of the waterfalls in The Maine Highlands region are tucked away in remote locations, many of them are also very accessible. The region is home to over 200 waterfalls and for more information on waterfall itineraries, please visit www.TheMaineHighlands.com.

Photo by Roger Merchant

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Extraordinary Hiking Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail or the AT, as it is affectionately called in the

Photo by Bob Hamer

hiking community, is the nation’s longest marked footpath, crossing over 2,178 miles, touching fourteen different states and more than sixty federal, state and local parks and reserves along the way. The trail is maintained by volunteer efforts, and there are thirty different clubs and many partnerships that keep the trails alive. If you are headed northbound on your journey, the trail starts at Springer Mountain in Georgia and ends at our amazing Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Photo by Roger Merchant Maine’s portion of the AT is not recommended for novice hikers. Our 281 miles of trail is considered to be some of the toughest trail that hikers can encounter. The northern section of the trail is known as the 100 Mile Wilderness Region, which covers an area between Mount Katahdin and the town of Monson. This section of the hike is home to several rough climbs and complicated stream crossings. The central section of the trail is between the Bigelow Preserve and the town of Monson. This section features some of the least demanding hiking and amazing views of one of Maine’s mightiest rivers, the Kennebec. There is a free canoe service that shuttles hikers across the river because this river’s water levels are so unpredictable. The southern section of the trail is the toughest part of the entire Appalachian Trail. It is covered with tremendously steep 4,000 footers and boulder climbs that aren’t for the novice hiker.

“A simple footpath…”

International Appalachian Trail

Once completed, the International Appalachian Trail will be the largest trail network in the world, featuring trails on three continents and a multinational membership.

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Photo by Bob Hamer

Technically, the Appalachian Trail doesn’t have to end at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park. If you want to keep on hiking, head northbound to connect with the International Appalachian Trail (IAT). This trail follows the Appalachian Mountains from Mount Katahdin to Crow Head in Newfoundland Labrador and has recently been extended into several European countries. The idea for this trail is relatively new and since 1998 there has been an estimated 80 people that have thru-hiked the trail in its entirety. The trail is currently being extended and constructed.

Appalachian Trail Conservancy


Regional Trails

Photo by Roger Merchant

Baxter State Park offers day hikes for all ability levels. Trails here span from 550 feet above sea level to the peak of Mt. Katahdin, which stands 5,267 feet tall. This peak mar ks the end of the Appalachian Trail and is the tallest peak in the state of Maine. For more information on day hikes or hiking the Appalachian Trail, please visit our website.

Photo by Bob Hamer

KATAHDIN AREA Photo by Roger Merchant

Orono’s own Bog Boardwalk is a wonderful outdoor experience and one the whole family can enjoy. This mile long loop shows how bogs make great inhabitants for wildlife seen nowhere else, and with the boardwalk and multiple rest sites, hiking challenges are limited, so you can enjoy all the wilderness there is to appreciate. The Bangor City Forest, located on the outskirts of Bangor near Orono, is a beautiful and inviting woodland where visitors and residents are welcome to go and enjoy the miles of nature trails. The wilderness presented by the forest has a year round appeal, whether it be dog walking or biking in the summer or cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. The Bangor City Forest offers multiple trails of varying difficulty, some with packed gravel, perfect for a summer bike ride. The forest also makes for an excellent wildlife spotting adventure with many different animals to spot and appreciate. The University of Maine offers recreational trails to the public in Orono, and they are a treat. Being removed from the city, the trails have a great wild feel anytime of year, and you might be lucky enough to spot a woodland creature. With more than 15 miles to explore, the University of Maine recreational trails allow you to connect with nature one-on-one.

Photo by Bob Hamer

GREATER BANGOR REGION

Photo by Roger Merchant

Gulf Hagas is a hidden gem in our region. Known to locals as the “Grand Canyon” of the East, it is an eight mile loop that includes views of waterfalls, chutes and pools along the way. The canyon itself is over four miles long and has 300-400 foot high slate walls. Elephant Mountain is a very historic hike that is in the Moosehead Lake region. This hike ends at the crash of a B-52 aircraft, parts of which remain on the mountain today.

Photo by Bob Hamer

MOOSEHEAD LAKE AREA

The quiet beauty of the Highlands is enjoyable to hikers of all ages.

Photo by Bob Hamer

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Rich with Baxter State Park - Maine’s Largest State Park Baxter State Park was established in 1931 and covers 200,000 acres in Piscataquis

County. The park was a gift to the people of Maine from Governor Percival P. Baxter. The Baxter State Park Authority exists to ensure that the Park “Shall forever be kept and remain in the Natural Wild State,” to provide recreational opportunities to the public in accordance with trust provisions and to operate and maintain the Park for the use and enjoyment of Maine’s people. According to the donor’s wishes, the Park is managed as a sanctuary for beasts and birds. With around 200 miles of maintained trails, 46 mountain peaks and ridges, Baxter State Photo by Barbara Plummer Park is for the prepared. Even with the directions and trail guides that are provided on BaxterStateParkAuthority.com, visitors are encouraged to stop at the Headquarters or Visitor Centers to gather more information for their visit. Many campgrounds and local stops also carry park maps. It is not recommended to leave the tote road without a detailed park map. Please visit our website for more in-depth, detailed information before planning your trip. “The works of man are short-lived. Monuments decay, buildings crumble and wealth vanishes, but Katahdin in its massive grandeur will forever remain the mountain of the people of Maine. Throughout the ages it will stand as an inspiration to the men and women of the state.” Percival P. Baxter

State Parks LILY BAY STATE PARK Lily Bay makes for a great state park camping trip. With much of the 900+ acres located on Moosehead Lake, Lily Bay State Park invites anyone looking for a scenic and enjoyable outdoors visit. With leaf peeping, hiking, swimming, fishing, and hunting as only a few of the outdoors activities, it’s no wonder that there are 91 campsites among two campgrounds for those wishing to admire the beautiful scenery. Location: East Shore of Moosehead Lake, nine miles North of Greenville Operation Period: May 15 - October 15

PENOBSCOT RIVER CORRIDOR For a more aquatic adventure, one should look towards the Penobscot River Corridor. From canoeing to whitewater rafting and fishing, the Penobscot River Corridor offers it all. It begins with over 60 miles of river access and 70 miles of available lakeside, and is also part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a beautiful, natural, 740 mile water trail through New England, New York and even parts of Quebec, Canada. Because this area is managed by many landowners, a visit requires much planning and should be done so through the Bureau of Parks and Lakes. Operation Period: Year-round

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PEAKS-KENNY STATE PARK Located outside of Dover-Foxcroft, Peaks-Kenny makes for a great, secluded camping event. With only 56 campsites set far apart, Peaks-Kenny is a great choice for anyone looking for a remote, family-oriented camping experience. Location: Maine Route 153 Operation Period: May 15 - October 1 Many of The Maine Highland parks and reserves have swimming areas.


Public Reserved Lands GERO ISLAND PUBLIC RESERVE Located on Chesuncook Lake, Gero Island is over 3,000 acres and a great visit for both anglers and canoeists. The island includes multiple campsites with gorgeous wooded areas, as well as the Chesuncook Village, a popular sight on the mainland. Location: Chesuncook Lake Operation Period: Year round

In the West of The Maine Highlands is the Little Moose Public Reserve Land, home of both the Big Moose and Little Moose Mountains, as well as multiple secluded ponds. Located on 15,000 acres, Little Moose is an excellent destination for anyone looking for a do-it-yourself camping trip, including hiking, fishing, hunting and for the winter visitors, snowmobiling. Location: Gravel Road off Route 15, north of Greenville Operation Period: Year-round

MOOSEHEAD LAKE PUBLIC RESERVE Whether it’s hiking, camping or boating, Moosehead has your outdoors experience. Including spectacular hiking trails and multiple boat launch points, Moosehead could be your best hiking trip yet. Moosehead is also part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a beautiful, natural, 740 mile water-trail through New England, New York and even parts of Quebec, Canada. Location: Piscataquis County, north of Greenville Operation Period: Year-round

Photo by NEOC

LITTLE MOOSE PUBLIC RESERVE LAND

SCRAGGLY LAKE PUBLIC RESERVED LAND Based around Scraggly Lake itself is the wooded and marveled Scraggly Lake Public Reserve Land. With much of the 10,000 acres being forest, the area makes for an excellent outdoors adventure with multiple ponds and bogs. With small marshes in the unit, Scraggly Lake hosts more than 200 indigenous Maine species and offers great fishing, hunting and hiking. Location: Route 159 out of Shin Pond to Scraggly Lake Road Operation Period: Year-round

SEBOEIS PUBLIC RESERVED LAND Nestled south of Millinocket, Seboeis is home to many great camping locations with much shoreline along two lakes, primarily for anglers. In the winter, snowmobilers make their way through the 13,000 acre area. Location: Route 11 south of Millinocket to gravel road Operation Period: Year-round

TELOS PUBLIC RESERVED LAND At 43,000 acres, Nahmakanta Public Reserve Land is the most expansive unit in the public reserve system. With so much area to enjoy, there are few well beaten trails and is an area for the more adept hiker. Also in Nahmakanta is the northern point of the Appalachian Trail with an amazing view of Mt. Katahdin. For a unique camping experience, one can camp lakeside, via a canoe trip. Nahmakanta is also the home to a snowmobile trail connecting Greenville to Millinocket. Location: Route 11 via Jo-Mary Road or Penobscot Pond Road via Second Roach Road Operation Period: Year Round

A popular visiting point among canoeists and anglers is Telos, a 23,000 acre area that encompasses Telos Lake. Campsites are set along Coffelos Pond, which is a great fishing spot for those who are looking to get away. Operation Period: Year-round

WASSATAQUOIK PUBLIC RESERVED LAND With abundant amounts of shoreline, Wassauquoik makes for a great streamside camping excursion, resting between the Penobscot River and the Wassataquoik Stream. Featured in the winter is a snowmobile trail joining East Millinocket and Shin Pond. Operation Period: Year-round

www.themainehighlands.com

Photo by Barbara Plummer

NAHMAKANTA PUBLIC RESERVE LAND

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Stacked with Adventure Hunting

The region has an abundance of game, vast stretches of

rural country, extensive wildlands, and a rich sporting heritage that dates back centuries. Whether you’re interested in upland birds, small game or big game like moose and deer and bear, The Maine Highlands is the place for you.

REGISTERED MAINE GUIDES Whether you are a visitor or a local, using a Maine Registered Guide is one of the best ways to ensure you are getting the most from your Maine outdoors experience. Maine guides are licensed and registered with the State of Maine in the following categories: whitewater rafting, inland fishing, tide water fishing, trapping, hunting, recreational, and sea-kayaking. Each guide has to pass a verbal and written exam approved by the state of Maine. The Registered Maine Guide program has been in existence since 1897 when the first Maine guide was licensed. “Fly Rod” Crosby was the first Registered Maine Guide and was a woman. There were 1,700 guides registered in that first year.

Enjoy an expertly guided hunting experience.

Photo by Barbara Plummer Photo by Barbara Plummer

Photo by Bob Hamer

What better way to mesh excitement with the beauty of the Maine outdoors than cruising on an All Terrain Vehicle. The Maine Highlands offers hundreds of miles of ITS trails in the summer, some stretching to mid-December before being used strictly for snowmobiles. There are also multiple locations between the Moosehead Lake region and the Katahdin region where ATV rentals and guided tours are available. Enjoy the thrill the Maine woods and countryside has to offer from the rugged seat of an ATV, right here in The Maine Highlands.

Photo by Nicatous Lodge

ATVing

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Photo by Bob Hamer

Photo by Nicatous Lodge

Cruise on hundreds of miles of trails that pass through The Maine Highlands region.


Adventures in the Air

A scenic floatplane tour is a unique way to add to your vacation and see the area from a different perspective. It truly is a great way to appreciate the enormity and range of geography in The Maine Highlands region. Many companies offer fall foliage tours, sunset tours, wildlife watching or moose watching tours. In addition, you could have the pilot drop you off for a day full of remote hiking or fishing. The Maine Highlands is also home to the International Seaplane Fly-In which is held every year the weekend after Labor Day in September. Be sure to visit our website for more details on the event.

Photo by Bob Hamer

Photo by Bob Hamer

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Nicatous Lodge

SCENIC FLOATPLANE TOURS

ADVENTURES IN THE AIR - SKYDIVING Where else could you skydive with a view of the state’s highest mountain? The Maine Highlands has some of the best scenic skydiving in the state. Whether a seasoned jumper looking for another thrill or someone who’s never jumped but looks forward to the exciting adrenaline rush, make The Maine Highlands your adventure destination!

It’s a thrill you won’t soon forget!

Photos by Skydive New England

www.themainehighlands.com

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Amazing Snowmobiling

Winter Wonderland

Because of Maine’s excellent winter climate, The Maine Highlands region has some of the best,

world-class snowmobiling. Snowmobiling has become a distinct and enjoyed part of Maine culture with over 1,000 miles of well groomed trails and more than a dozen Maine Snowmobile Association recognized clubs making for more than enough space to play. We invite any snowmobile enthusiast to visit and appreciate our expansive trails, and for the snowmobiler without a snowmobile, there are plenty of places within the region to rent a sled.

Photo by NEOC

Photo by NEOC

Over 1,000 miles of well groomed trails

Photo by Roger Merchant

While snowmobiling is a fun, family oriented activity, it’s important to remember that it’s a sport that requires a great deal of responsibility. A large percentage of Maine’s snowmobile trails are on private landowners’ property, and it’s important to respect their land. It’s also important to remember that safety is always first.

Photo by NEOC

Photo by NEOC

Photo by Bob Hamer

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Winter Activities

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Moosehead Lake Chamber

If there is any way to take in Maine’s true, white beauty during the winter months, it is spending time in the Maine woods. The solitude and experience of a peaceful cross country skiing or snowshoeing trip can make one appreciate how wonderful winter is. An excellent way to connect with nature, cross country skiing and snowshoeing allows one to appreciate nature while getting outdoor exercise that is hard to find during the snowy months. Many health enthusiasts and physiologists have stated that cross country skiing is one of the best aerobic exercises, working on a great deal of one’s body while burning as many as 600-900 calories an hour. Combining such an excellent woodland experience with unmatched exercise, there is no reason to not get outside to appreciate the kind of winter Maine has to offer.

Photo by Roger Merchant

CROSS COUNTRY SKIING AND SNOWSHOEING

Photo by Roger Merchant

Take a Dog-Sledding tour with a professional sled guide

Cross country skiing is great exercise

A Dog-Sledding tour is one of Maine’s most unique winter adventures. Unforgettable and exhilarating, local professional sled guides are eager to take you out into the fresh air and share their love for this winter activity. Be sure to check our event calendar frequently during the winter months for different events and races.

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Roger Merchant

DOG SLEDDING

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Spectacular Fall

Leaf Peeping

Foliage

As fall approaches, our days grow shorter

and nights become cooler, which encourages our trees to

become a collage of reds, yellows and oranges. Fall is a must-see in The Maine Highlands with so much precious nature and expansive land, the adventure never has to stop. With breath-taking backdrops, such as Mount Katahdin and Moosehead Lake, be sure to plan your trip early.

Photo by Lee Rand

Check www.mainefoliage.com in the fall for leaf peak color reports.

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Photo by Charlie Moorey

Photo by Bob Hamer

Photo by Barbara Plummer

Photo by Bob Hamer


More To

Do!

Mountain Biking Enjoy scenic rides through evergreen woods, open farmlands, working forests, and quaint towns and villages. In a land where lumber once was king, every town and village along the different trails and routes for cyclists is full of reminders of our heritage. Visit our website for detailed descriptions of trails throughout our region.

Both amateur and experienced golfers will enjoy the lush greens of The Maine Highlands

With all of the lush greens and vast plains that The Maine Highlands possesses, there is a great variety of golf to take pleasure from. With varying tees, excellent package and cart rental options, along with 9 and 18 hole courses, The Maine Highlands region offers enough to challenge the experienced golfer with even enough space for the learning amateur, all at a value anyone can appreciate.

Photo by Hillcrest Golf Course

Golf

Geocaching

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.� - Geocaching.com

Photo by Northern Outdoors

With over 900,000 active geocaches all over the world, over 4,000 of which are in Maine, and new treasures being hidden every day, geocaching in The Maine Highlands is a four-season adventure game that can be enjoyed by any age!

www.themainehighlands.com

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Plan

Your Trip

Traveling to The Highlands

Contact our visitor Information Centers for all your vacation, meeting or planning needs! The centers are conveniently located throughout the region. A listing with location and contact information is available on page one of this guide.

Photo by RideMaine

BORDER CROSSING:

How to Get Here

New passport regulations, effective June 2009, now require individuals crossing the U.S./Canadian border by land to have either a valid passport card or regular passport. If traveling by air or sea, visitors must possess a valid passport – the passport card is not valid for this type of travel. Please refer to the U.S. Passport Services Bureau for more information on cross border travel policies: 1-877-4USAPPT or online at travel.state.gov.

From all points South: Take I-95 north into Maine. Exit 157 (Newport) is the beginning of The Maine Highlands region. If you get off this exit, you can follow Route 15 to Dover-Foxcroft and the Moosehead Lake region. Staying on I-95 will take you to Bangor, Lincoln Lakes and Katahdin Areas. From all points North: Crossing the border into Maine, there are many ways to get to The Maine Highlands region. From the west, take Route 201 to the Moosehead Lake Areas and head south to Dover-Foxcroft and the Sebasticook Valley region. From the north, I-95 is your easiest option, taking you right into the heart of the Katahdin area and Lincoln Lakes region. From the east, jump on Route 9, which will take you right into the Greater Bangor area.

Photo by Dana Welch

BY CAR

BY AIR

Bangor, Maine

Most major airlines fly into Bangor International Airport (BGR). For international travel, other major airports on the east coast have direct flights to Bangor International Airport. There are car rental agencies at BIA for your convenience.

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Two national bus companies offer direct daily service from Boston’s Logan Airport to Bangor. There are also many taxi services in The Maine Highlands region, most originating from the Bangor area. Photo by NEOC

Photo by Jessica Donahue

BY BUS


Accommodations

Whether you are looking for a cozy cottage or posh

hotel room, The Maine Highlands has the right accommodation

Whatever your age or interest level, The Maine Highlands has the camping experience for you. While planning your trip, you need to first decide on what type of camping you want. Do you want a primitive, back-to-nature outdoor recreational experience or a family oriented resort type of experience? Your second decision needs to be location. Do you want to be close to miles and miles of hiking trails, quiet and solitude or tourist attractions and shopping opportunities? The Maine Highlands region offers the best in primitive, private and public campgrounds and sites. Please visit our website for more information on camping in The Maine Highlands.

Photo by Roger Merchant

Photo by Hollywood Slots

for you. With a vast array of hotels, bed & breakfasts, cabins, private rentals, lodges, and campgrounds, there is something for every budget. For a full listing of our accommodations, please visit our website.

Campsites

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THE MAINE HIGHLANDS Bangor • Katahdin • Lincoln Lakes • Moosehead Lake • Sebasticook Valley 40 Harlow Street, Bangor, Maine 04401

(800) 91-MOOSE Info@TheMaineHighlands.com Grant # The Maine Highlands is paid in part by the Maine State Office of Tourism. Fiscal year 2010: CT19A20090701-0007. For additional information on Maine, call 1-888-MAINE45 or go to VisitMaine.com.

The Maine Highlands  

Encompassing Sebasticook Valley, Bangor, Katahdin, Lincoln and Moosehead Lake. Maine

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