Each year, Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters and Maine Beer Company present the Anniversary Celebration of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Join Friends, supporters, businesses, and families from the Katahdin region, the state of Maine, and beyond for music, food, and a rousing toast (with Maine Beer Company’s Woods and Waters IPA!) to commemorate the monument’s August 24th, 2016 proclamation.


5th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, August 21st
5:00 to 9:00 PM
Shin Pond Village
1489 Shin Pond Rd, Mt Chase, ME 04765
Picnic style meal: guests encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs


Guided excursions on Saturday and Sunday are open and available
to Anniversary guests and the public.
Click below for more details and to RSVP.


Given “high” transmission of COVID-19 in Penobscot County and that this is a family-friendly event (there will be people in attendance or with family at home who are unable to be vaccinated), we are requiring all attendees to wear masks when indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. Masks and sanitizer will be available to all attendees, though we also encourage you to bring your own. Saturday’s event will appear similar to an outdoor concert and dinner will be served picnic-style, so please bring picnic blankets, camp chairs, and other accessories to enjoy the celebration on the Shin Pond Village lawn.

Hike on the Seboeis River Trail - Aug 21 at 9 AM

This trip will be led by Barbara Bentley. The trail is designed to accommodate hikers, bicyclists, skiers, etc. and follows the contours of the river. At mile 1.1, there is a picnic table overlooking the Grand Pitch and canoe portage route. There is also a bridge over Shin Brook where it enters the river. From there, the trail continues down the river approximately 5 miles to the monument.

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Woods and Waters Family Hike - Aug 21 at 9:30 AM

This is a flat, 1.8-mile round trip hike along the East Branch of the Penobscot River.

Join Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters’ education team, the Katahdin Learning Project, for an easy family hike in the north end of the national monument. The hike will follow old woods roads along the East Branch of the Penobscot from the East Branch Campsite to the Oxbow picnic area and back. The hike will focus on some of the plants and animals that make their homes along the river and will feature a number of short games and activities designed for children and families.

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Haskell Rock Historical Hike - Aug 21 at 10 AM

Led by Eric and Elaine Hendrickson, this is a 6-mile (9.6 km) round trip over gently rolling terrain on an old woods road.

The hike is an examination of the cultural and natural history of this section of the monument. The hike is along the old Telos Tote Road, where we will make 17 stops to look at and better understand the importance of this land. The end of the trip will be at Haskell Rock Pitch, where we will have a riverside lunch. The stops will give the group a chance to ask questions and stay together. The return trip will be at your own pace with two possible side trips to either Stair Falls or Haskell Hut.

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Sugarloaf Mountain Hike with Guided Birding - Aug 22 at 9 AM

Led by Don Hudson and Nick Lund, this is a 1 mile (1.6 km) relatively steep hike to the top of Sugarloaf.

“Little” Sugarloaf is due west of Shin Pond. After reaching the trailhead at the end of the Grondin Road (heading west off Rt. 159 approximately 4.5 miles south of Shin Pond), the trail heads through a northern Appalachian hardwood forest before reaching the evergreen spruce and fir just below the summit. Maine Audubon’s Nick Lund will be pointing out birds throughout the hike, which may include sought-after boreal specialities like Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, and Spruce Grouse. We’ll also be looking for migrant warblers and other songbirds gearing up for their southward migration, which may include American Redstart, Red-Eyed Virio, Scarlet Tanager, and others.

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Self-Guided Trips

Our staff are here to help you plan a trip of your own! At a time to be determined on Saturday of the main event, we will have a “concierge” desk set up to help you plan around your day. You’re also welcome to check out the visitation section of our website to start scoping out a trip of your own.

If you are interested in supporting the event as a host or sponsor, please reach out to Meghan Cooper, Development Manager, at meghan@friendsofkww.org

Thank you to our sponsors!