The Maine Highlands
Katahdin and Moosehead Region
The waters and mountains will lure you here and then lull you into serenity. It is a place of natural delights: forested mountains, sparkling lakes, crystal blue skies and starry nights. Enjoy summer days moose watching from your canoe on a placid pond, or go for thrills with a wild white water raft trip. Winter brings fantastic snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing.
History and culture abound at the region's southern tip around Greater Bangor. Adventure and rustic charm await you in Katahdin and Moosehead Lake Regions.
From the historic streets of Bangor to the solitude of Baxter State Park, from the rush of whitewater rafting on the West Branch of the Penobscot to the peaceful enjoyment of an evening's musical entertainment at the Maine Center for the Arts in Orono, the Katahdin/Moosehead region offers up adventure.
The great outdoors of Baxter State Park just beyond Millinocket offers over 200,000 acres with 46 mountain peaks, the highest being Mount Katahdin at 5,270 feet. There are more than 175 miles of hiking trails and ten campgrounds in this state park of massive grandeur. Skirting the southern perimeter of the park is one of the most spectacular white water rivers in the East, equal in difficulty to any river in the country, the West Branch of the Penobscot.
The Moosehead Lake area abounds with freshwater fun - great fishing, boating and scenic wonders that until now you could only dream about. Mooshead Lake is Maine's largest at forty miles long and twenty miles wide. This area, prized for great hunting and fishing, is also a mecca for hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing and in the winter, snowmobiling, cross country skiing and other outdoor adventures. Greenville and Rockwood at the foot of the lake provide lodging, Maine craft shops and general stores, and pubs and cafes. Board the SS Katahdin, enjoy the sites and sounds of the lake and visit the Moosehead Marine Museum. South of Greenville visit Monson, famous for its black slate.
Entering the region from the south you'll enjoy the city of Bangor. Its amenities include an International Airport, access to I-95, Bangor hotels and inns, Bangor's waterfront concert pavilion, and a bevy of retail stores and boutiques in both Bangor's downtown and the Bangor Mall area. Nearby Orono is home to the University of Maine and several cultural venues. The southern tip of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway is located north of Baxter State Park. North of Millinocket there's the Lumbermans Museum in Patten, well worth the trip.
Come and experience the Katahdin/Moosehead region, a four-season paradise.