If you’re looking to hike to the top of Mt. Katahdin or simply enjoy a trek through our Maine woods, we can make it happen. If you're hiking in Maine during the spring, summer, fall or winter, our variety of terrain and local trails offer amazing views, great exercise and a fun way to enjoy nature.
The New England Outdoor Center is located just eight miles from the south entrance of Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin (the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail) providing families and friends great access to plenty of trails in the Maine outdoors.
Hiking in the Katahdin Region offers thrill seekers the physical and mental challenge of Maine’s highest mountain, Mt. Katahdin, or an enduring trek on the northbound end of the Appalachian Trail in Baxter State Park. Baxter State Park also has over 200,000 acres of trails for hiking, plus campgrounds for visitors that wish to enjoy a night under the stars.
Boom House Trip:
The trip to the historic Boom House Museum incorporates a lake crossing by canoe or a hike through the woods to one of the last remaining buildings used for the Penobscot River log drives. Situated at the mouth of the West Branch of the Penobscot River as it flows into Ambejejus Lake, the Boom House has been restored as a work of love by Chuck Harris who spent his younger years working on the last log drives on the Penobscot River. Many of the rooms have been restored to their original condition with artifacts found along the river and in sheds and barns in the Millinocket area. Hundreds of photos and writings hang in the Boom House, which help to illustrate the amazing challenges, hardships, and dangers that were part of every river driver's day. Mr Harris is often on-site and loves to answer questions about the history of the area. He is usually working on one of his birch bark canoes, on of which is on display at the River Drivers Restaurant in Millinocket.
Ice Cave Adventure Trips:
An upgraded river access road allows us to offer a much less taxing adventure to the Ice Caves overlooking First Debsconeag Pond. We will travel by NEOC vehicle to Omaha Beach on the Debsconeag Deadwater. This is one of the largest natural beaches in central Maine. From there we canoe approximately 1.5 miles to the entrance to Frist Debsconeag Pond. One of the three pristine, white sand beaches on the pond will be the stopping spot to swim and have a snack or lunch. Depending on weather and size of the group, access to the trailhead to the Ice Caves will be either on foot from the beach or by canoe across the pond. There is an option of hiking to the top of a bluff with a spectacular view overlooking the First Debsconeag Pond before returning to Omaha Beach by canoe where we will pick up our ride back to NEOC base.
If you’re looking for a simple day hike or just a way to see the spectacular fall foliage, we can help.
To arrange a guided hike in the Maine woods, give us a call at 1-800-634-7238. Click here to reserve your Katahdin trailhead parking space.