North Woods Adventure
Home to Maine's second largest cosmopolitan epicenter, Bangor, as well as Maine's treasured Baxter State Park, the Maine Highlands offer experiences that range from attending a concert at the University of Maine in Orono to hiking Maine's largest mountain, Mount Katahdin.
In the southern part of the region, Penobscot County, named for the mighty river that meanders through the region, isne of Maine’s prime white-water rafting areas. Also situated along the river is one of the state’s largest cities — Bangor. Once known only for its colorful history as a logging town (a thirty-one-foot statue of Paul Bunyan welcomes visitors), Bangor today is a city of 31,853 residents and boasts a lively arts scene, state-of-the-art health-care facilities (including Eastern Maine Medical Center), and a growing importance in foreign trade and travel thanks to Bangor International Airport.
To the north of Penobscot County, Piscataquis County takes its name from the Abenaki term meaning “at the river branch,” and it is Maine’s third-largest county by size. Within its boundaries are two-hundred-thousand-acre Baxter State Park as well as Maine’s highest mountain, Mount Katahdin. The park was a gift to the people of Maine by Governor Percival Baxter, who stipulated that it be kept forever wild. Excellent fishing, mountain climbing, and hiking are found on its 175 miles of trails. Piscataquis County also contains much of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, a nationally known canoe route.
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Photograph by Greg Currier
Excerpted from Designing the Maine Landscape by Theresa Mattor and Lucie Teegarden; Down East Books; hardcover; 216 pages; $50.
Poland Spring Resort and Golf Course
Leisure in the genteel tradition.
Whether you fly into Portland or somewhere more remote, Maine offers plenty of ways to get around.
- Illustrations by: Michael Ricci
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