At the heart of the majestic state of Maine, The Maine Highlands features the state’s highest peak, Mt. Katahdin, longest river, the Penobscot, and largest lake, Moosehead. Here you will find hundreds of thousands of acres of undeveloped frontier land; countless mountain peaks; more than 200 waterfalls; and thousands of miles of trails to explore on foot, bicycle, skis, snowmobile, or ATV. Our forests are ripe for wildlife watching and hunting. Our numerous lakes, rivers, and streams are here for your paddles or fishing poles. You’ll find countless opportunities for outdoor adventure.
Whether you’re slipping through moss-floored forests, lunching on a picturesque ledge, or celebrating a tough ascent with spectacular summit views, The Maine Highlands’ glacier-carved landscape offers a rich variety of hikes and wilderness backpacking treks that range in length from a few hours to a week or more.
Our geography is dominated by inland waterways. Serene lakes and ponds, lazy rivers, and gushing whitewater rapids all offer opportunities to explore. Miles of remote lakes and rivers are perfect for paddling, camping at the water’s edge, and observing wildlife, including moose, eagles, and loons. For those who like a thrill, one of the most technical stretches of whitewater in New England is found on the Penobscot River.
Maine has 6,000 miles—and growing—of designated multi-use trails with the longest interconnected ATV trail system in the country, presenting endless day-long and multi-day excursions. These are some of the best multi-use trails in the entire country. Rent a cabin or campsite and ride right from your door. Start here and ride all the way to Canada on your ATV or snowmobile!
The Maine Highlands’ rich natural landscape is dotted with vibrant small towns and home to Maine’s third-largest urban center, Bangor. Concerts, museums, galleries, local food, and craft beer abound. Annual festivals and fairs celebrate everything from town histories to whoopie pies, seaplanes to ice fishing.
From rare moments for reflection and connection to a wild landscape, to a stroll through small town Maine or a night out in Bangor, The Maine Highlands is a place that invites you to slow down, unplug, and leave the beaten path.
Join us. You never know what you’ll discover.
Last modified: June 7, 2020