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Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

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Overview

Encompassing more than 87,500 acres and spread across a diverse and stunning landscape, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a celebration of a land that has inspired poets and presidents alike. Visitors will be impressed by the spectacular views of state's iconic highest peak, Mount Katahdin, and will enjoy exploring the woods, rivers, streams, and hills of this amazing area. The national monument has plenty of opportunities for exploration and discovery with its scenic vistas, intriguing night skies, an astounding diversity of flora and fauna, and impressive geologic features.

To learn more about Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, visit www.nps.gov.

Visiting Tips

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are currently no public facilities in the monument, and there is no entry fee.

Most roads are unpaved, and a high-clearance vehicle is recommended; RVs or trailers are not recommended. Many roads are closed during the spring due to snowmelt and muddy conditions. Be sure to check the park's website for current conditions, and check the weather prior to your trip to the park, as spring and fall weather can be varied and sometimes unpredictable.

Food & Drink

There are no services for water, food, or fuel within the park. A variety of restaurants can be found in the nearby communities.

Other Activities

Visitors have their choice of recreational opportunities when visiting Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument including canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on designated trails, as well as hunting on lands east of the Penobscot East Branch.

Recommended Routes in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument - 2

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Favorite Idaho Lake and Mt. Katahdin.
Intermediate/Difficult

KAWW Loop

24.2 mi 39.0 km 1,646' Up 501.85 m Up 1,644' Down 501.1 m Down

Millino…, ME
Favorite Fall.
Intermediate

Katahdin Loop Expanded

19.9 mi 32.0 km 1,353' Up 412.34 m Up 1,359' Down 414.1 m Down

Patten, ME

Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Biking

  • 98 Miles 157 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 3 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 11 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 0 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument - 12

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5.5 mi 8.9 km #1Shorty’s Cabin Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
3.6 mi 5.8 km #2H.I. Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
2.4 mi 3.8 km #3Sandy Stream Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
4.4 mi 7.1 km #4Homeward Climb Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
0.6 mi 1.0 km #5Idaho Lake and Knife Edge Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
2.4 mi 3.9 km #6Four Corners Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
18.0 mi 28.9 km #7Katahdin Loop Road
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
3.5 mi 5.6 km #8Orin Falls Trail
Intermediate
Patten, ME
Intermediate
Patten, ME
2.6 mi 4.2 km #9Orin Falls Road
Easy
Millinocket, ME
Easy
Millinocket, ME
3.6 mi 5.9 km #10The Broken Road
Easy
Millinocket, ME
Easy
Millinocket, ME
2.7 mi 4.3 km #11Barnard Mountain Road
Easy
Patten, ME
Easy
Patten, ME
4.3 mi 6.8 km #12Sea Fury Loop Trail
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME
Intermediate
Millinocket, ME

Photos of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument - 10

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Fall.
Oct 22, 2018 near Millino…, ME
Idaho Lake and Mt. Katahdin.
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
At the overlook on the KWW Loop Trail.
Aug 29, 2020 near Millino…, ME
Four Corners
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
View from Shory’s Cabin of Knifes Edge on Mt Katahdin
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
Start Finish and Parking
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
Large Stream Crossing
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
Dead Tree and The Mountian
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
Sandy Stream
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME
Shorty’s Cabin
Oct 18, 2017 near Millino…, ME