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Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

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A national treasure

We routed the International Appalachian Trail through the forests, mountains, and across and along... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2018
Arrowsic, Maine
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The expansion can only make it better.

Great but busy.Go on off peak times if possible.The new park will be a big shot in the rm... read more

Reviewed August 12, 2018
Jim B
Houlton, Maine
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

We routed the International Appalachian Trail through the forests, mountains, and across and along the rivers that now comprise the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Visit it soon before it becomes a full national park with commensurate visitation. Plan your visit so that you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank wdonhudsonjr
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Great but busy.Go on off peak times if possible.The new park will be a big shot in the rm economically.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Jim B
Reviewed July 9, 2018

The new national monument is beautiful beyond words but not for the faint hearted. We rented an SUV for the visit and given the rough roads, were happy we had. Before going to the park, I recommend stopping at the almost unmarked visitor center in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank Sue459
Reviewed May 22, 2018 via mobile

Check the website if you venture before the end of May as we found out the gates were just opened the day we ventured due to mud season and muddy roads needing time to dry out before driving on. I strongly suggest staying on Rte...More

Date of experience: May 2018
3  Thank Boston1978Boston1978
Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

Lovely skate ski on groomed trails. Very quiet and beautiful. You can sk by the river and visit waterfalls.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Fiona H
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Made the trip in the fall, and the foliage was spectacular. As other reviews have commented, the trip requires a lot of rough roads. There is little to no signage. But if you can traverse the logging roads, it is well worth the effort. Caution...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank kms68
Reviewed October 14, 2017

It's been on our list since it was created this year. It's remote and rough and just in it's infancy. But what and experience. The park offers a roughly 16 mile dirt loop road with spectator views and hikes a few camp sites and this...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Fran M
Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

A friend had told us recently that KWWNM was not especially worth a visit — second-growth forest and uninteresting. We went anyway and were overwhelmed. The leaf color must be near peak now and, second-growth or not, it was spectacular, particularly set against the backdrop...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank J--Harpswell
Reviewed October 1, 2017 via mobile

That Katahdin Wood and Waters National Monument is a very new and nice NPS site. The main visitor center is located on Penobscot Street in downtown Millinocket which is usually staffed by one volunteer, open daily until 4pm. Access is free of charge. Enjoy!

Date of experience: October 2017
Reviewed September 29, 2017

This is a chance to see a very new National Monument and think about what it might be like a decade from now. There is currently a loop road with trails off it. The Mt Barnard Trail is a bit boring to start with but...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank pamvose
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