Top 10 Things to Do in The Forks, Maine

Maine is full of towns with interesting names, but I’m pretty sure The Forks is at the top of the list. Besides just having a great name, The Forks, Maine has plenty of things to do year round. Situated where the Kennebec and Dead Rivers meet, it’s is a haven for outdoor activity in Maine.

Here are the top 10 things to do in The Forks, Maine:
Also see: The Forks, Maine Recreation Map

1. Take a scenic drive.

We don’t mean to brag, but Route 201 was named one of the top 10 most beautiful deserted highways. In fact, Old Canada Road is one of just three National Scenic Byways in Maine, and it passes right through The Forks as it winds along the Kennebec River. There’s nothing quite like a leisurely drive enjoying the scenery on this byway, especially in the fall.

Scenic drive with fall leaves and the Kennebec River on Route 201 in The Forks, Maine

Outdoor Adventure Resort - The Forks, Maine


2. Go whitewater rafting.

We’re a little bit crazy for whitewater around here–can you tell? In The Forks, you’ve got your pick of the Kennebec River or the Dead River, which has the longest stretch of continuous whitewater in the East.

Dead River White Water Release


3. Hike to Moxie Falls.

Which came first–the soft drink or the falls? These are the life questions you can ponder while you take a short hike to one of Maine’s best waterfalls. A favorite for people near and far, Moxie Falls is a great hike with a spectacular view.

Summer Hike into Moxie Falls


4. Enjoy craft beer at the Kennebec River Brewery

After a day of hiking, rafting, or snowmobiling, there’s nothing better than relaxing with a craft beer and recounting heroic tales of your adventures in the Maine woods. With a full restaurant menu and Maine brews on tap all year long, the Kennebec River Brewery is the perfect place to unwind in The Forks. (Even Travel + Leisure thinks we’re one of America’s Coolest breweries!)

Kennebec River Brewery - Maine Rafting Resort


5. Head out for some backcountry ATVing.

Whether you call it four-wheeling or ATVing, this is one of the best ways to explore the Maine woods during warmer months. There are thousands of miles of great riding right outside our lodge in The Forks.

ATV Maine - The Forks Signage


6. Go moose watching.

Spotting a 1000-pound moose can be one of the most exciting parts of a vacation in the Pine Tree State, and The Forks is in prime moose watching territory. No doubt, you’ll be moose watching during any other activity you do outdoors–keep an eye out wherever you are because you never know when you’ll spot one! Check out our best tips for how and where to spot moose in Maine here.

Moose are abundant in New England – but you have to know where to find them.


7. Take a hike!

Baxter State Park may lay claim to some of the most epic hiking in Maine, but considering that the Appalachian Trail passes through The Forks, there are great trails to explore here as well. From family-friendly hikes to waterfall trails to a few summits with great scenic views, you’ll love hiking near The Forks!

Maine hiking - Northern Outdoors


8. Hit the snowmobile trails.

If you want to land right in the middle of the snowmobiling action in Maine, head to The Forks. Maine has thousands of miles of snowmobile trails, and they’re put to good use in the winter considering the average annual snowfall is more than 100 inches.


9. Spend the day fishing.

Fishing enthusiasts and serious fishermen alike love all of the fishing opportunities in The Forks. From the Kennebec Gorge to the remote mountain ponds in the area, the fishing here is one of the best-kept secrets in Maine.Fly Fishing Fall


10. Kick back and enjoy “The Way Life Should Be.”

While you’re busy experiencing all the outdoor adventures in The Forks, don’t forget to stop every once in awhile, smell the pine-scented air, and soak in “the way life should be.”

unplugging on vacation - northern outdoors


Which of these is your favorite way to spend a day in The Forks, Maine?

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4 Responses

  1. We were here about 3 years ago and have so many fond memories. My wife and I were talking about it tonight and we want to go back. This is the way a vacation should be. Since our visit we have not been on a more fun vacation than we did here.

    1. That’s so great to hear, Gene, and quite a compliment! We truly hope to have you all back — we just love seeing returning guests! 🙂

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