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Attractions and Highlights of the
* The Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor
features Maine Native American
archaeology, history, and culture.
Flanders Bay Cabins
& Mountainview Campground
* Whimsical and amazing examples of
Maine wildlife taxidermy completed
by College of the Atlantic students
are on display on campus at the
Natural History Museum.
* Visit the Wendell Gilley Museum of
Bird Carving in Southwest Harbor
to see beautifully carved examples
of waterfowl in miniature, life-size
owls, and quite a bit more.
* The Mt. Desert Oceanarium allows a
close-up view of coastal Maine
below the surface, plus a hands-on
"Touch Tank" and a lobster hatchery.
* Machias' Burnham Tavern, now a
museum, was built in 1770,
making it the oldest building in
eastern Maine; in addition, the first
naval battle of the Revolutionary
War was planned in the community
* At over 22,000 acres, the Moose
horn National Wildlife Refuge en
courages its visitors to explore and
discover its more than 200 bird
species. Yes, and moose.
* The red and white striped West
Quoddy Head Light is a DownEast
icon in Lubec-the easternmost
town in the United States. Hike and
explore this Bold Coast park with
magnificent views of Canada, Grand
Manan Island, whales, and seabirds.
* Stop by the Waponahki Museum
and Resource Center in Perry. It is a
cultural storehouse featuring
basketry, archives, craftwork, and
photography of the Passamaquoddy
Indians collected over time.
* Roque Bluffs State Park offers nearly
a half-mile sandy beach and a great
picnic area with many amenities.
* Columbia Falls is home to the
Ruggles House, an 1818 showplace,
built by Judge Thomas Ruggles.
For More Information Please Visit:
Maine Wilderness Camping Takes Moxie
In its purest form, a wilderness camping expedition will
take you into a wild, uncultivated place uninhabited by
humans. With over 200,000 acres in Baxter State Park,
nearly 600,000 acres of Public Reserved Lands and over
3.5 million acres in our North Maine Woods, there are a
great number of places that make the cut when it comes
to that description.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a densely forested
and deeply beautiful part of our Maine woods that cuts
through the central swath of our state, is considered by
many to be one of the last remaining wilderness places
in the East. Then there are the Mahoosucs, the Bigelow
Range, and the unforgettable 100-Mile-Wilderness.
These are the places that require grit and determination simply just to get to - that and a lot of dry socks,
too - quiet and beautiful places that show the night sky
painted in a broad-speckled swath of thousands of stars
of all colors, with some nights sharing the eerie hues of
the Northern Lights.
Some Tips: A few simple tips for those both willing and
brave enough to make an adventure into the wilderness
would include: Never travel alone and, if possible, travel
with someone experienced in backwoods camping. Be
prepared (which includes traveling with a self-rescue kit),
remember to keep your food out of reach of forest critters at night, travel light and carry out what you carry in.
Resources: Maine's Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry offers an excellent resource for anyone
looking to take advantage of Maine's Public Reserved
Lands for back country hiking, paddling, and camping:
North Maine Woods is an organization that oversees the
management and access to Maine's most remote place:
Baxter State Park is the crown jewel of our state park system, home to Mt. Katahdin and the eastern terminus of
the Appalachian Trail. BaxterStateParkAuthority.com
These seemingly faraway places are filled with abundance
reflective of our state's vast natural resources with each
trail another reason to return. Those who are interested
should put aside the tablet computer and shut down the
phone, because a journey into Maine backcountry allows
you to connect in an entirely different way.
MAINE CAMPGROUND OWNERS ASSOCIATION * CAMPMAINE.COM