Maps & Guides

Click the items below to read more about maps and tips that will guide your experience in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument. Most of the maps can be viewed online or downloaded and printed as .pdfs

To think through trips you might like to take with these maps and guides in hand, visit the Trip Finder!

Cross Country Ski Map
Winter #AllInKatahdin Guide

Click this link to view the new Winter #AllInKatahdin Guide. To find out the top five things to do in the Katahdin Region this winter, we surveyed visitors like you. Stargazing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more… every winter, it’s #AllInKatahdin. In this guide we share the results of the survey, curating a list of the top five places to find winter fun. The print version o f the Winter #AllInKatahdin Guide will soon be available by request.

Map Adventures Waterproof Trail Map

From Map Adventures – makers of popular Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park maps – comes the first waterproof recreational map of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument (KWWNM). This easy-to-use map details trails and activities for hikers, mountain bikers, fishermen, canoers, kayakers, skiers, and snowmobilers. For paddlers, there are details about the two major wild rivers that run through the monument, the Seboeis River and the East Branch of the Penobscot River, which offer stellar whitewater and flatwater river experiences.

The Map Adventures KWWNM map also includes the communities, towns, and trail systems surrounding the park. We encourage people to try the outdoor and wilderness activities offered by nearby businesses – it will only add to your understanding and experience of the monument.

You can purchase the map for $10.00 through our online shop or you’ll get a map free of charge if you join as a new member of Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters at or above the Katahdin Brook level.

Loop Road Interpretive Map

The 16-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 trailheads 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.

Click this link or the image below to view the full map online. You can also download the map as a .pdf. The map sections posted on this page are for viewing only — they are not designed to be printed from home computers. To request a physical printed copy of the map, please email us.A project of the Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters, the Loop Road Interpretive Map is keyed to “stops” along the 16-mile Loop Road. The map features information about the historical, biological, and geological significance of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument’s southern landscape.  Recreation opportunities such as birding, biking, and hiking are also highlighted.

Access – The Loop Road is typically open to vehicle traffic beginning Memorial Day Weekend through the first weekend in November. However, visitors should check the official Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument National Park Service webpage for the latest updates as access is weather dependent. The Swift Brook and Loop Roads are gravel roads passable to passenger cars with normal clearance. Low clearance vehicles should exercise extreme caution. Be advised that this is a new national monument. Amenities are limited and signage is sparse. Cell phone reception can be spotty or non-existent. There are no services or concessions within the Monument.

Advisory – Please use extreme caution when traveling on the Swift Brook Road and the Loop Road. These gravel roads are shared with logging and equipment trucks. It is important to drive slowly, keep to the right side of the road, and yield to oncoming trucks. 

National Park Service recreation map
Three Rivers Paddling Guide

Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters in collaboration with Maine Woods Forever has been working since 2019 on the “Three Rivers Paddling Guide”. The in-progress guide currently covers the three rivers of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and the surrounding region: the East Branch of the Penobscot River, the Seboeis River, and the Wassataquoik Stream. We invite paddlers to try out the nine sectional maps and river descriptions and provide feedback to be used in fine-tuning the documents for publication.

To obtain copies of the maps and river descriptions, information about the routes, and instructions on how to provide feedback, contact Elise Goplerud, Program Associate at

Dark Sky Guide

Click this link to view the second edition of the Dark Sky Guide online! We’ve added some updates following the International Dark-Sky Association’s designation of Katahdin Woods & Waters as an International Dark Sky Sanctuary. The print version of the second edition Dark Sky Guide is available upon request.

Bird Checklist

Click this link to view the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument Bird Checklist. You can also download the guide as a .pdf. This bird checklist was compiled by former Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters board member Anita Mueller.

Safety tips for sharing the road with logging trucks pamphlet