Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was designated in 2016 by President Obama. It is 87,563 acres of land in rural Maine that is relatively remote, making it a great place to stargaze and look for wildlife that lives in this area. From this national monument, you can see incredible scenic views of Mount Katahdin. In the fall, the foliage is breathtaking, and the untouched wilderness is a great place to explore any time of the year. You will find plenty of moose, bears, deer, and other animals in this part of Maine.

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

When you visit Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, one of the main things you will want to do is hike the wilderness and look for wildlife. Make sure to bring your binoculars so that you can see the animals up close from a safe distance. There are waterfalls throughout the area to view, and anglers can toss their line into one of the many waterways. There are some white water rapids at the monument that paddlers will enjoy and calmer water that is ideal for fishing and swimming. There are also scenic drives.

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How To Get To Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

From Bangor, ME, take I-95 N until you reach Medway. From there, you will travel on ME-157 W for about 25 miles. Then, turn right onto Madden Road, and follow it to Hauling Road 1, where you will turn right. This road will lead you directly to the national monument.


Hauling Road 1, Millinocket, ME 04462

Fee: Entry fee $0

RVing is a fantastic way to explore national sites like this one. While you are here, you can enjoy hiking through the wilderness, traversing white water rapids, fishing from a boat, or watching the stars at night. Animals are plentiful in this untouched wilderness, so you can easily see bears, moose, and even river otters. Since you are traveling in an RV, you can also visit Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park while you are in the area.