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Hiking in Maine's North Woods

Maine Hiking- Northern Outdoors

Guided and Self-Guided Maine Hiking Adventures - Something For All Ages

Northern Outdoors is at the center of incredible Maine hiking trails.  Within minutes of The Forks Resort Center and The Eagle Cove Lakeside Cabins are several great day hikes.

Further north, Baxter State Park, home of hundreds of miles of Maine’s best trails, is only 2 miles from The Penobscot Outdoor Center with trails for all ages - from easy to more strenuous. Bring your daypack, water bottle, some snacks, and get out and enjoy all that hiking in Maine has to offer! We offer guided hikes on request, and as part of our popular Family Adventure Getaways.


Western Maine Area Day and Multi-Day Hikes


Maine Hiking -Polar Streams HutHut-to-Hut Hikes and Hike & Raft Packages

Hike through class Maine wilderness from Northern Outdoors to two beautiful brand new Huts that are newly built as part of the Maine Huts & Trails System. We offer three-day and three-night guided hiking packages, a new Dead River Hike and Raft package, and the ability to add a Kennebec River rafting trip on to any hiking package. Read more about hut-to-hut hiking packages for your friends and family.





Moxie Falls Northern Outdoors MaineMoxie Falls Waterfall Hike

An easy 1/2 mile hiking trail will take you to the top of one of the highest waterfalls in New England. View 90 foot Moxie Falls from one of several boardwalks built atop the steep, wooded gorge. The stream has numerous swimming holes and is a popular spot on warm days. A great hike for young and old - bring your bathing suit! Gorgeous scenery.
  • Distance: Round trip distance is 1.2 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy, great for all ages.


Maine Hiking The ForksFAST: Forks Area Scenic Trail

Directly across from The Forks Resort Center is the 5-mile Forks Area Scenic Trail system. This wonderful multi-purpose trail follows the Old Canada Road along the Kennebec River north to The Forks, located at the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead River Valleys. The hot tub and brewpub at The Forks Resort will be waiting for your return!
  • Distance: Out and back, up to 10 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy, gravel trail, great for all ages.


Maine Appalachian Trail Hiking

Pleasant Pond Mountain (2480 ft.)

This is an outstanding half-day hike along the Appalachian National Hiking Trail that takes you to an open summit atop Pleasant Pond Mountain with spectacular 360° views of seemingly boundless forests and lakes.
  • Distance: Round trip distance is 2.5 miles
  • Difficulty: The hike is considered easy with a couple of short, steep pitches.



Maine Hiking - Northern Outdoors Moxie Bald Mountain (2630 ft.)

This mountain is a long ridge running north/south for about 4 miles. Although the summit is not very high, it has many features of above timberline summits because of its extended ledges and open crest.
  • Distance: Round trip distance is about 10 miles.
  • Difficulty: This is a moderately strenuous full day hike into the heart of the North Maine Woods.





maine hiking baxter state park

Baxter State Park Region

If you're headed up rafting on the Penobscot River there are an infinite number of short to multi-day hikes in the area. Our Penobscot Outdoor Center is located just 2 miles from the south entrance to Baxter State Park. The 250,000 acre wilderness park is renowned for offering some of the finest hiking trails in eastern North America, with mile high Mt. Katahdin as its centerpiece. This is the end-point of the famous 2,000 mile scenic Appalachian Trail. The summit is a strenuous hike that can be accomplished in one day. It is truly one of the most spectacular hikes you can experience, and a worthwhile addition to your day of Penobscot River white water rafting.
  • Distance: Round trip distance is as much or little as you like with tons of trails to choose from!
  • Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous, half to full day options.


Custom Guided Hikes - We Take Care of All The Logistics For You


Any of the above hiking areas are open for guided hikes for you and your friends or family.  Hiking options are based on which resort campus you are staying and what your groups' interests, experience and fitness levels are.

Guided Hikes Details Description
Summer/Fall Season July - October
Meeting Locations The Forks Resort Center
Eagle Cove Lakeside Cabins
The Penobscot Outdoor Center
Minimum Age 8 years old, or by Special Request for Custom Hikes
Price  $69 per Adult guided hike, $29 per child (2 children per adult) Minimum of 6 people required for departure.
What Guided Hiking Packages Include Professional Registered Maine Guide on each trip
Shuttle transportation to and from hiking trail
Full use of the amenities at The Forks Resort Center , Eagle Cove, or The Penobscot Center
Deluxe picnic lunch
Reservations Book online with our online reservations request form. Or call us at 800.765.7238.

Need help to dial in on the best vacation package for your needs?  Email us or call us via phone @ 1-800-765-RAFT  We're here to help!
Just had the best time ever rafting the Kennebec. Will be back to do Dead River and the Penobscot. Thank you all for such a fantastic time. The staff/ guides are all stars. Hopefully see you all next year

– Catherine L.
Your Family Package was a great way to introduce our two suburban, TV loving children to the wonders of Maine. And, it didn't hurt that the whitewater rafting was more exciting than any theme park ride! Our family will definitely be back.

– Jim M. - Norwalk, CT