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maine-woods-waters-8198-29Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary

This Maine Audubon Sanctuary encompasses 1640 mountainous acres and is adjacent to Lake Onawa, Barren Mt. and the Appalachian Trail. The hike up Borestone Mountain is three miles to the East Peak which offers a spectacular 360 degree view. The Moore Nature Center located one and one-half miles up the mountain from the trailhead features interpretive displays and information on the natural and cultural history of Borestone Mountain. Free (Donations accepted).

maine-woods-waters-8203-102Gulf Hagas

Gulf Hagas is often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the East" (or of Maine) because it is a spectacular four mile long gorge with vertical slate walls dropping nearly 150 feet. The total depth of the valley is about 400 feet. The west branch of the Pleasant River flows through the gorge forming magnificent falls, chutes and pools that are especially torrid during the spring runoff. The fall foliage in this back country is spectacular and provides a colorful backdrop for the many hiking opportunities that abound throughout the Gulf region. Fee at gate.

maine-woods-waters-8196-108Lily Bay State Park

Since the time of the earliest inhabitants, Moosehead Lake has been a location popular for fishing, hunting and a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Wildlife viewing, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing and camping are some of the many available activities at this location. Fee.

maine-woods-waters-8193-54Little Moose Unit Bureau of Parks and Lands

This 15,000 acre tract of public land is located west of Greenville, in Moosehead Junction and Big Moose Townships (unorganized). The forested land is flat to gently rolling and includes most of the Little Moose Mountain range with steep slopes, rocky streams, and remote ponds. Visitors may enjoy hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, wildlife watching, and camping in this seemingly remote setting. Free.

maine-woods-waters-8220-111Mount Kineo

Mount Kineo is an 800 foot mountain of rhyolite that rises dramatically from the deepest portion of Moosehead Lake. This was a location known well to the Native Americans who traveled great distances to Kineo for the hard rock with flint-like qualities that was used for tools and arrowheads.

maine-woods-waters-8200-95Peaks Kenny State Park

Tucked away along the shore of Sebec Lake, this park is an undiscovered gem of the state park system. Campers may enjoy a relaxing family-oriented experience in this setting with 56 wooded sites that serve to promote privacy. The entire park covers 813 acres and includes flush toilets, a beach, bath house with showers, lifeguard, and picnic area in the day use portion of the park. Ten miles of hiking trails run throughout the park and are not heavily used. This clean and well-maintained park has some of the highest quality water in Maine. Park is located 4.5 miles from the nearest medical and service center. Fee.

maine-woods-waters-8205-82Piscataquis Demonstration Forest

Located in Williamsburg Township, the 180 acre Demonstration Forest is maintained by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Special features wit the forest include two historical homestead sites, examples of forestry Best Management Practices (BMP), a glacially formed canyon and miles of hiking and cross-country skiing trails.

maine-woods-waters-8201-113Pleasant River Walk

The 3.2 mile historic Pleasant River Walk is located on the east bank of the Pleasant River between Brownville Village and Brownville Junction. This is considered a hiking trail, not an easy path, indicating that there is some level of difficulty to complete this walk. Along this portion of the Pleasant River the water is fairly flat punctuated by boulders and multiple inlets. The trail is narrow through relatively flat terrain with some rocks and roots to negotiate. Along the trail one will find scenic views of the river, benches for resting, and a variety of flora and fauna. Sign markers identify mileage on the route. Free.