From I-95 Exit 244 (Medway) travel west towards Medway approximately .08 miles turning right onto Route 11 (also called Grindstone Road). Follow Route 11, also known as the Katahdin Woods and Waters Scenic Byway, for approximately 20 miles and then turn left onto the Swift Brook Road. Please use caution when making the left turn onto Swift Brook Road as there is limited sight distance; please be considerate of your speed as you pass the residential area near the junction.
From 1-95 Exit 264 (Sherman) travel west approximately .25 miles turning left on RT 11. Travel approximately 5 miles turning right on Swift Brook Road.
From either exit – travel the Swift Brook Road approximately 9.5-miles to Sandbank Stream Camping and Picnic Area.
Activities through the North Entrance include canoeing and kayaking on the East Branch of the Penobscot River, as well as fishing, hiking, and mountain biking during warmer months. Cross Country Ski Trails are groomed during Winter months. Check the official Katahdin Woods and Waters National Park Service website for trail information and access.
Directions – You can access the North Entrance from either I-95 exit 264 in Sherman or exit 276 in Island Falls. Head to Patten and then turn left on Route 159/Grand Lake Road. Follow Route 159 for approximately 25 miles and take the second left turn after you cross the East Branch of the Penobscot near Grand Lake Matagamon. This leads you onto the Messer Road (also call Grand Matagamon Road). The road leads approximately 4 miles south into the northern tier of the monument where it dead-ends in a parking lot (limited space) From there follow the road on foot or on mountain bike along the picturesque East Branch of the Penobscot with views of several waterfalls on the International Appalachian Trail.