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Welcome to the Maine Highlands the natural wonder of Maine.
A place where the pathways are yours to create. Where adventure
is not choreographed and the wilderness of the land is not just a
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wo of Maine's most spectacular natural assets are
located within the scenic "The Maine Highlands"
region. The 40-mile long Moosehead Lake, and the
majestic and challenging mile-high Mt. Katahdin at Baxter
State Park attract outdoor enthusiasts from around the
Though it has many aspects of the great wilderness, it is in
fact a working forest supplying fiber for many of the products you use on a daily basis. The Maine Highlands region
offers some of the finest camping, fishing, boating, hiking
and hunting anywhere.
Spectacular views and impressive panoramas can be found
throughout the region, but nothing is more spectacular than
Baxter State Park. Left in perpetuity to the state by Gov. Percival Baxter, the 200,000-acre forest preserve is a massive
tract of land traversed by remote hiking trails and dominated by Mt. Katahdin. The park is also famous for its Maine
wildlife - bears, moose, eagles and deer - and the fact it
marks the beginning of the 2,050- mile Appalachian Trail.
Another must-see location is in nearby Brownville Junction.
Gulf Hagas, as it is known, is a 3-mile gorge often called the
"Grand Canyon of the East."
One of the major communities in this part of the region
- Millinocket - has a rich history of papermaking and lumbering and several museums allow visitors to appreciate
and understand that part of Maine's history.
While in the Katahdin-area, you might want to visit:
* The Ambejejus Boom House on Ambejejus Lake in Millinocket offers insights into the old days of papermaking.
* The Lumberman's Museum in Patten depicts the golden
days of the logger and lumberjack.
* The Millinocket Museum includes artifacts and collections
relating to period appliances, money and Native American
* The Northern Timber Cruisers Antique Snowmobile Museum is located in Millinocket and offers the history of early
snowmobiling in the Katahdin region.
* Our newly designated scenic byway, on Route 11 from
Grindstone (northeast of Millinocket) to Patten.
If Mt. Katahdin dominates one third of this extensive region,
another third of the area is dominated by Moosehead Lake.
More than 40-miles long and up to 20 miles wide in some
areas, the lake's picturesque shoreline includes everything
from bogs to sandy beaches. The largest lake in New England, Moosehead is dotted with islands and ringed by high
mountains that offer great opportunities for picnics, scenic
vistas and photographs.
Greenville, nestled at the southern tip of Moosehead Lake,
serves as base camp for many guide services, outfitters,
canoe renters and rafting adventurers. It's also the largest
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