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Kennebec Valley
The Kennebec Valley is best known for fertile farmlands, countless lakes, streams
and ponds, and the historically important Kennebec River. While all types of
outdoor activities abound throughout the valley, whitewater rafting on many of
the beautiful rivers that flow through this region is especially important.
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the Kennebec Valley contains some of
Maine's largest cities - Waterville, Skowhegan
and Augusta - it is best known for its rolling
countryside and quiet, old-fashioned villages that define the
Winthrop, China and Belgrade lakes area and other towns
to the north.
Families are especially attracted to this region because of
the many opportunities to fish, canoe, hike or bike. Sightseeing,
a major item on most people's agenda, as well as antique
hunting, shopping at the numerous vegetable stands
and garage sales are found on many of the area's back roads.
State fairs are a staple of the region and one of the largest is
the Skowhegan State Fair in August. It is the oldest continuously
operating state fair in the country.
History also plays an important role in the Kennebec Valley.
For instance, Maine's capital city - Augusta - while the
second smallest in the United States (only Montpelier, Vermont,
has fewer residents) - offers tours of several museums,
historic homes and the oldest surviving wooden fort in
New England.
Speaking of history, Gardiner and Hallowell are quaint river
towns now considered antique centers. Both feature brick
sidewalks and turn-of-the-century lampposts that remind
visitors of a bygone era and invite them to sample several
interesting restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
In addition, a major roadway - Route 201 - follows the
trail Benedict Arnold took during his march to Quebec in
1775. A beautiful ride, especially during the late summer
and early fall, 201 will take you to the northern portion of
this region, which is mostly owned by the paper companies
that manage Maine's huge forest industry.
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Once there, you'll discover The Forks, a major outdoor
and whitewater rafting area lying at the confluence of the
Dead River from the west and the Kennebec River from the
east. More than a dozen whitewater rafting outfits are now
housed in The Forks.
Route 201 then pushes north to the Canadian border at
Jackman - a four-season recreational area heavily involved
in whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hiking and
mountain biking.
There are several things to see and places to visit in this
region. They include:
Camping Season Events in the Region:
June
* Greater Gardiner River Festival, Gardiner
* Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass Festival, Litchfield
July
* 4th of July Family Fun Day, Jackman
* Central Maine Egg Festival, Pittsfield
* Pittston Fair, Pittston
* Maine International Film Festival, Waterville
August
* Skowhegan River Fest, Skowhegan
* Kennebec River Brew Fest
* Taste of Waterville, Waterville
* Loon Calling Contest, Belgrade Lakes
* Blistered Fingers Family Bluegrass
Festival, Litchfield
* Country Fest, Litchfield
* Anson-Madison Days, Madison
* Skowhegan Craft Brew Fest, Skowhegan
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