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Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

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. Visitors have their choice of recreational opportunities when visiting Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.


Biking is an exciting way to see the diverse ecology within the monument. An abundance of former logging roads makes for a close and personal experience with the landscape whether it be a technical trail in the forest or a casual ride to spend the night at a remote campsite. When preparing for your trip, note that there are no paved roads and no bike lanes in the monument. Expect rough road conditions and bring the proper equipment for mountain/trail biking – road and hybrid bikes are not recommended.

Contact a ranger to determine the best itinerary for your trip.


Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers over 50 miles of trails through rugged Maine wilderness. Hiking/Walking/Running trails are found in the southern section, northern section, as well as in the Seboeis parcel areas of the monument. With short hikes as well as longer backpacking routes available, there is something for everyone.

Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips, staying safe, and reducing their impact on the park. Plan ahead and check out our Leave No Trace page to learn more


The north entrance of the monument offers miles of packed and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails meander along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and through rolling forested terrain.

Grooming begins in the north end of the monument in mid-January. The trails offer a variety of routes for all ages and abilities. Trails are groomed for classic and, conditions permitting, skate skiing. Snowshoers and leashed pets must walk outside of the ski tracks. Visit the winter trail conditions page for the current status of cross-country ski trails.

There are currently no park ranger- or partner-led winter outings, but please be sure to check the calendar of events for information on future programs.


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