Raft Maine’s wildest river, climb Maine’s highest mountain, camp on the Appalachian Trail, hike the trail into Baxter State Park

Escape into a whole new world at our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp on the river’s edge of the Penobscot. Camping and rustic bunkhouses lie near the base of Mt. Katahdin, steps from Baxter State Park and the Appalachian Trail. Prefer the comforts of indoor lodging? Relax in lakeside cabins or private inn rooms & suites situated between Millinocket and Ambajejus Lakes, just 10 miles from the Base Camp.


Visit New England’s most famous wilderness paradise for a vacation your family and friends will remember forever. With so many outdoor activities available right from our Katahdin Adventure Base Camp, the hardest decision will be choosing which ones to do! White water rafting the Penobscot River, hiking in Baxter State Park, climbing Mt. Katahdin, walking the famous Appalachian Trail, fishing for salmon, bass or trout, or following the Thoreau / Wabanaki Discovery Tour, just to name a few. From May through October, the Katahdin Region and the Penobscot River offer a great wilderness getaway with family or friends.


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Where is the Katahdin Region?

Located in the east-central portion of the state, this region includes mile-high Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park, the vast southern Aroostook softwood flats, the hilly lake country south of Route 6, and the rolling farm country of western Penobscot County.

Out Katahdin Base Camp is 19 miles north of Millinocket on the Golden Road.

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The Katahdin Region & Baxter State Park

  • Rivals the Rockies or Alaska for fishing, wildlife, paddling, camping, birdwatching, hunting, whitewater rafting, and hiking recreation.
  • Hike Mt. Katahdin, the northern end of the Appalachian Trail.
  • Pristine wilderness with abundant forests, mountains, rivers, trails, and hundred of lakes, all within an easy day’s drive from major East Coast cities (less than a day from Boston and approximately 4 hrs from Portland, Maine).
  • Home to incredible wildlife, including moose, white-tailed deer, osprey, bald eagles, blue herons, otters, beavers, and more.
  • World-class fishing for trout, landlocked salmon, and smallmouth bass.
  • The Northern Forest Canoe Trail flows into Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest lake.
  • The Debsconeag ice caves await intrepid explorers.
  • Major rivers feed into the Penobscot River, including the Mattawamkeag, the Piscataquis, the Pleasant, the Passadumkeag, and the east and west branches of the upper Penobscot.

Penobscot River Rafting

Raft one of Maine’s most thrilling and gorgeous rivers–the Penobscot. Challenging, technical whitewater rapids in the granite-walled Ripogenus Gorge are balanced by playful swimming holes in the lower section. Spectacular scenery, wildlife and action await you on this dam-controlled river.  Learn more about our Penobscot River Rafting trips.

Abol Bridge Campground

Camp in the heart of the Katahdin Region at Abol Bridge Campground. Situated on the river’s edge of the Penobscot, Abol Bridge has incredible views of Mt. Katahdin and direct hiking access to Baxter State Park and the terminus of the 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail.

Rip Dam Cabins

For a satisfying blend of civilized and rustic, check out Rip Dam Cabins, just a few miles north of Abol Bridge and near Ripogenus Dam. These 3-bedroom cabins appease your civilized side (hot showers and a kitchenette) without compromising your wild side!