We encourage you to get out and enjoy the monument during the day before the Second Anniversary Celebration.  Please feel free to reach out to us at info@friendsofkww.org if you have any questions about enjoying a day in the monument.

Here are some suggested trips:

Drive the Loop Road
17 mile drive // ~ 2.5 Hours

Grab a copy of the Loop Road Interpretive Map, pack a good lunch, and set out in a four-wheel drive vehicle with decent clearance and you’ll be ready for a trip around the iconic Loop Road in the south of the monument.

The 17-mile Loop Road offers a great opportunity to see the southern portion of the monument and includes pull-offs with scenic views. There are several short hikes from trail-heads along the Loop Road. Allow approximately 2.5 hours to drive the loop and enjoy a few stops for sightseeing and even more time if you plan to hike.

A project of the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, the Loop Road Interpretive Map is keyed to “stops” along the Loop Road. The map features information about the historical, biological, and geological significance of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s southern landscape.

Hike Barnard Mountain
Moderate hike 4 miles round-trip

This short fun day-hike up Barnard Mountain, just east of Katahdin Lake, offers beautiful sweeping views of the Katahdin tablelands and the towering Katahdin massif. To get to the trail-head, drive along the Loop Road until you reach a parking lot at the northwestern part of the loop past mile 11. If you’ve driven to mile 12, you’ve gone just a bit too far. Park your vehicle and begin the walk due north along the IAT. The path is an old logging road, which you’ll follow for a little over a mile until you reach the Barnard Mountain Trail. Take a right up the path, which leads you half a mile along the shoulder of Barnard Mountain until you reach the peak. Enjoy breathtaking views, and maybe lunch, before heading back the way you came and driving out along the remainder of the Loop Road.

walk to the falls OF the East Branch of the Penobscot
WALK 6 1/2 miles round-trip

For a lovely walk in the woods and visit to the unique geological features running beneath the falls of the East Branch of the Penobscot, head to the north side of the monument. Drive your vehicle through Matagamon Gate due south until you reach the parking area at Haskell Gate. From there, walk along the IAT due east until you reach a fork in the trail. Take the left to visit Stair Falls and/or continue along the IAT south to visit Haskell Hut, a quaint camp renovated for monument visitors with a striking view of the Haskell Deadwater. From Haskell Hut, continue south to visit the Haskell Rock Pitch – named for a logger who was stranded in the middle of the river on the towering rock that would later bear his name.

If you have a bit more time, consider adding 2 miles round-trip to your walk by heading further south along the IAT until you reach Grand Pitch. The falls feature a larger drop and a more forceful surge of water than found at Haskell Rock Pitch and Stair Falls.

Visit the Lumbermen's Museum

On your way to Shin Pond Village or adventures in the north of the monument, stop in at the Lumbermen’s Museum on Rt. 159 right outside Patten. At the Lumbermen’s Museum, you can learn all about Maine logging history, including the use of bateaux on waterways to transport supplies, the stories of the fearless river drivers, what life was like inside a remote logging camp, and even the role of bean hole beans. The Lumbermen’s Museum also houses one of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s Visitor Contact Stations and sells the waterproof, recreational Map Adventures trail map Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters co-published. The Lumbermen’s Museum is open 10 AM – 4 PM Tuesday to Sunday.

Paddle Shin Pond

Near Shin Pond Village there are two beautiful ponds that can be paddled. You can rent a kayak or canoe at Richardson’s Hardware on Rt. 11 in downtown Patten and bring it to the boat launch on Lower Shin Pond. To access the boat launch head north on Rt. 159 towards Shin Pond Village and take a left before you’ve reached the bridge at the north of Lower Shin Pond. Put in at the pond and enjoy a leisurely paddle around the lake. There are two small sections of the monument, which abut the pond and can be accessed from the shore along the southeastern shores.