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The Maine Highlands: Bangor, Katahdin, and Moosehead Lake

A visit to The Maine Highlands would be incomplete without a day (or two, or seven…) exploring Baxter State Park. The pristine and majestic Park spans 200,000 acres in Piscataquis County and is home to Mount Katahdin, the so-called “mountain of the people of Maine.” Baxter State Park is a natural treasure, made forever famous by one of its earliest enthusiasts, Henry David Thoreau, in his expeditionary...Read more

A visit to The Maine Highlands would be incomplete without a day (or two, or seven…) exploring Baxter State Park. The pristine and majestic Park spans 200,000 acres in Piscataquis County and is home to Mount Katahdin, the so-called “mountain of the people of Maine.” Baxter State Park is a natural treasure, made forever famous by one of its earliest enthusiasts, Henry David Thoreau, in his expeditionary journals. Hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing are all options when you visit Baxter, but we don’t know anyone who is inured to the siren call of Mount Katahdin. The highest point in the state, she rises up towards the heavens at a grand 5,267 feet. Known affectionately as the Queen of Baxter, Mount Katahdin gifts her visitors with unparalleled views, uncompromised vistas, and the kind of peace that only comes with soaring altitudes.

Baxter State Park houses many well-kept secrets, and one of the best is the beginning or end (depending upon your perspective) of the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. The trail is one of America’s finest treasures, rich in history and begging to be explored.

The best way to learn about a place is from those who love and treasure it most. The enthusiasm of Registered Maine Guides will show you their Maine highlands. With fifty waterfalls and four hundred magical miles of shoreline that offer you a pristine view of Moosehead Lake, there’s so much to discover in this region.

For those nights when you’d like a finely crafted cocktail to end your day of Maine Highlands exploration, a trip into Bangor offers a vibrant downtown, eclectic restaurants, boutique shopping, a bustling casino, outdoor concerts and the chance to catch a glimpse of resident author Stephen King. Located just one hour from Baxter State Park, Bangor is a city with a rich timber history and a flourishing arts and culture scene. The 31-foot-tall Paul Bunyan statue presides over Bangor and reminds its visitors and residents that this was once the lumber capitol of the world. The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is an authentic reconstruction of a Maine logging and milling community and serves as a reminder of Bangor’s heritage.

Drive an hour and a half from Bangor and reach Moosehead Lake, home to Maine’s largest lake and surrounding wildlife haven. True to its name, this area boasts some of the finest moose watching in the country. By the turn of the century, Moosehead Lake welcomed wealthy visitors from the cities to their grand hotels and lakeside lodges. The region continued to evolve into the outdoor destination it is today, where Maine hospitality is rivaled only by the area’s beauty. Or, sleep under the stars at one of the many area campsites. Annual festivals in Moosehead Lake run the gamut from Moosemania in the spring to Snowfest in the winter featuring a 100-mile sled dog race.

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