Do you want to ride Maine and don’t know where to start? Well, there’s really only one place to begin, and that’s the Katahdin Region. The great trails, great scenery and great services found beneath the summit of famous Mt. Katahdin, the highest point in the Pine Tree State, simply add up to great snowmobiling fun all winter long.
Located in an area of deep forests, crystal clear lakes, rushing rivers, mountains that provide excellent scenic views, abundant and diverse wildlife plus snow that comes early and lasts deep into the spring, the Katahdin Region is home to an outstanding snowmobile trail system. These wide, inviting ribbons of white are expertly manicured by award-winning operators using large, modern “Class A” grooming rigs. You can choose from a variety of short to very long loops to provide any length of ride desired. And many of these trails are part of Maine’s famous Interconnected Trail System (ITS), so they allow serious snow touring out of the immediate area for the “long rangers” among us.
The 5 Lakes Lodge extends a hearty welcome to you. Located just 20 miles off I-95, and only a little over an hour from Bangor International Airport, the Lodge offers award-winning accommodations and superb dining in a setting of rustic elegance. There is on-site gas available, and its trailside location allows guests to make the first tracks of the day on the freshly groomed snow routes. Daily route planning advice is always available, too. For more information, consult 5lakeslodge.com or call 207/723-5045.
Or try something very different by staying at the Chesuncook Lake House and Cabins. Located 60 miles west of Millinocket in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin, access by snowmobile is strongly recommended. This provides a great opportunity for extended accommodations off the beaten path or for an extra-ordinary overnight stop on a multi-day tour. The Lake House, now on the Federal Historic Register, was constructed in 1864, but has been fully modernized for your comfort. Homemade meals add to the charm. For more information, consult greatnorthernvacations.com or call 207/745-5330.
New England Outdoor Center (NEOC) is a full service resort overlooking Millinocket Lake, also in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin. Trailside lodging is provided in cozy lakeside cabins that are sized to meet your needs. Their award-winning River Drivers Restaurant is open seven days a week, numerous on-site amenities including a recreation hall are available, and the Center offers the largest fleet of rental sleds in the entire state. For more information, go to neoc.com or call 800/76-7238.
Shin Pond Village, located northeast of Mt. Katahdin and north of Patten, provides comfortable lodging in guest suites and cabins, the very popular Shin Pond Village Restaurant and a country store with gas and other snowmobile necessities. Three major trails are groomed from the Village, and a live webcam gives current conditions. For more information, visit shinpond.com or call 207/528-2900.
Oh, and don’t blame us if you get addicted to riding the Katahdin Region. It happens all the time.