Katahdin & Baxter State Park
Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin are only minutes from the Big Moose Inn. Staying at Big Moose Inn leaves you with a short early morning drive to Baxter State Park. Ascend Katahdin from either Roaring Brook, Abol or Katahdin Stream campgrounds. Information about hiking or climbing in Baxter State Park can be found at www.baxterstateparkauthority.com. If you want to do the Knife Edge trail you should start your hike from Roaring Brook campground. Temperatures can be twenty to thirty degrees cooler near the summit and weather conditions can deteriorate rapidly, so please dress appropriately. After a day of hiking Katahdin you will come to appreciate the dining and accommodations that are available at Big Moose Inn.
River Pond hiking trails are located six miles north of Big Moose Inn. These trails are maintained by Katahdin Timberlands and feature marked trails with signs that identify the different plants and trees along the trail. The terrain is relatively flat and the trail, though narrow, is easy to walk. While following the trail along the shore of River Pond keep a lookout for moose, your chances of seeing one are good.
Gulf Hagus is about 45 minutes from us and is known as the, "Grand Canyon of the East." The scenic canyon stretches 3 miles, has several major waterfalls, and there are some nearly vertical walls with 100 foot drops. The first part of the trip consists of crossing a river and walking along an old tote road. The trail near the canyon becomes rocky and undulates. Several waterfalls are along the trail with Screw Auger Falls being the most popular.
This location is a short 15 minute drive along the scenic Golden Road. Blueberry Ledges is reached by following the Appilachian Trail after it crosses the Penobscot River and heads into Baxter State Park. This is a relatively smooth trail with a few medium sized hills. If it is the right time of year, blueberries will be plentiful. At other times, deer, bear and moose might be spotted in the area.