The Millinocket area boasts the best wilderness experience in Maine. In addition to the great Penobscot River whitewater, we have great half-day and full-day hikes, and multi-day outdoor adventures. The half and full day adventures are listed below with our family’s and our guide’s approval ratings. We often go on the river during our days off, but sometimes our bodies need a break from paddling. The following adventures are amazing at any age, but check our recommended age just to be save.
Half-Day Hiking Adventures
The Blueberry Ledges
The hike into the Blueberry Ledge starts at the visitors parking lot beside Abol Store on the Golden Road. Grab any last minute supplies you may need then head North on the Appalachian Trail. Follow the trail to a split that is well marked with a kiosk. Take the right and proceed up to the Blueberry Ledges. Blueberries abound when they are in season and the area looks like the Tetons in California. The ledges are all granite with a large split down the middle. Abol stream runs right down the middle and forms many waterfalls and slides. There are carnivorous pitcher plants on the sides of the stream if you look around a bit.
The Debsconeag Ice Caves
The Debsconeag Ice Caves are one of the all time favorite day hikes in Maine. After doing the Lower River trip with us or before you start the Upper Trip, hike into a cave that holds ice all summer. To get there, heading towards McKay Station drive past Abol store on the Golden Road, across Abol Bridge and take your first right, Gravel Pit Road. Follow the road down for about 2 miles. There are signs to where your going, park and make the short hike into the ice caves.
Full-Day Hiking Adventures
One of the most spectacular hikes in Maine, this 6 mile round trip hike leaves from Roaring Brook parking lot in Baxter State Park. Great views start at the first peek look-out about 2 miles up the trail. Your in the trees until then, but once you step out the Knife’s Edge and Cathedral Ridge greet you. Next, hike up to the highest pond in Maine Chimney Pond.
Katahdin has multiple trails to the top. The best ones in my opinion leave from the Roaring Brook parking lot. That way you can go up and down on different trails without having to run a shuttle.