Mahoosuc Public Reserved Land
Cataracts Gorge, Mahoosuc Notch, Old Speck Mountain—all well-known names to those trekking the Appalachian Trail as representing some of the most challenging and visually inspiring sections of America’s famous 2,100-mile, 14-state hiking trail.
Mahoosuc certainly isn’t just for backpackers and long-distance hikers, though. Stroll a short distance from the road, and you’ll find trickling streams, cascading waterfalls, swimming holes, and quite probably the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic. Glaciers carved out the gorges, notches, and other geological oddities of Mahoosuc’s rugged landscape. They also left behind more accessible scenes for the less adventurous but equally appreciative lovers of the great outdoors.
And if Maine ATV trails or cross-country skiing paths are on your vacation list, Mahoosuc offers convenient access to them, too. Local businesses that rent equipment can provide the most up-to-date maps and tips on trail use. With 27,000 acres, this public land has plenty of wilderness to share!
Mahoosuc Public Reserved Land actually surrounds Grafton Notch State Park, meaning visitors to this part of Maine along the New Hampshire border have even more activities to choose from. Camping, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling—the area is a true four-season recreation retreat. And since Maine’s Western Mountain Region is known for its autumn foliage and year-round wildlife viewing, a spectacular drive through Mahoosuc’s glorious scenery could be the perfect introduction to all that this part of Maine has to offer.