Katahdin Woods and Waters

National Monument - Maine

Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument spans 87,563 acres (35,435 ha) of mountains and forestland in northern Penobscot County, Maine, including a section of the East Branch Penobscot River. The monument is located on the eastern border of Maine's Baxter State Park.

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https://www.nps.gov/kaww/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katahdin_Woods_and_Waters_National_Monument Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument spans 87,563 acres (35,435 ha) of mountains and forestland in northern Penobscot County, Maine, including a section of the East Branch Penobscot River. The monument is located on the eastern border of Maine's Baxter State Park. Spread across a wild landscape offering spectacular views of Mount Katahdin, Katahdin Woods and Waters invites discovery of its rivers, streams, woods, flora, fauna, geology, and the night skies that have attracted humans for millennia. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is located in north central Maine approximately a 2.5-hour drive west of Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor and 1.5-hour drive north of Bangor, Maine, both of which are served by regional airports. Lumbermen's Museum National Park Service staff provide information and trip-planning assistance from a desk located inside the Patten Lumbermen's Museum. Maps and brochures are available. The Patten Lumbermen’s Museum is located just northwest of Patten, ME, on ME-159 at 61 Shin Pond Road, Patten, ME 04765. It is located on the Katahdin Scenic Byway on the way to the northern entrances to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument and Baxter State Park. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is located in north central Maine. Millinocket Contact Station Open daily during the summer, the Millinocket Contact Station offers monument maps and publications along with trip planning assistance. From Interstate 95, take exit 244 for ME-157 towards Medway/Millinocket. Follow ME-157 W for approximately 11 miles to Penobscot Avenue. Turn left on Penobscot Avenue. The Millinocket Contact Station is on the right. Big Seboeis Campsite Backcountry campsite along the scenic East Branch of the Penobscot River. Walk-in, tent-only site 0.00 Walk-in, tent-only, first-come-first-serve. Big Seboeis Campsite Picnic tables and a rustic firepit to the left with a scenic river to the right. The ones who paddle or hike to this campsite get a spectacular view of the East Branch of the Penobscot that so very few have. Big Spring Brook Campsite Primitive backcountry campsite along the East Branch of the Penobscot River that is only accessible by boat. Boat-in, tent-only site 0.00 Primitive tent site with picnic table and fire ring. Big Spring Brook Campsite A forested rustic campsite to the right with a wild river flowing by on the left. The adventurous who float down the East Branch of the Penobscot River may stop here and find solitude along this wild river. Big Spring Brook Hut A beautiful cabin tucked away in the heart of the forests of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument along Big Spring Brook. The hut is open by reservation in the winter and is accessible by cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. A great place to keep warm, find solitude, and enjoy this winter wonderland! Walk-in, hut 0.00 Cabin with wood stove. Big Spring Brook Hut Three skinny trees in front with a cabin surrounded by forest behind. Tucked away deep in the forest. Big Spring Brook Hut is a great place to escape the daily troubles of civilization. Big Spring Brook Hut's Kitchen Kitchen area with a counter, cabinets, and a stove. A window in the center for light to come in. Plenty of space in the kitchen of Big Spring Brook Hut. Big Spring Brook Hut's Table Kitchen Table with bed bunks behind. All made of wood. A great place to gather to have meals or play games during the cold dark winter nights. Big Spring Brook Hut's Wood Stove Wood stove with stacked wood against the wall to the right within the cabin.. Big Spring Brook Hut has its very own stove for the public to use to keep warm on those cold days and nights. Big Spring Brook Hut Entrance Entrance of the cabin with the wood stove left, kitchen right, and ladder to open space above. There's plenty of space within Big Spring Brook Hut with ladders up to more space. Esker Campsite Hike or bike approximately 2.2 miles from the Wassataquoik Gate to the Esker Campsite, located on the bank of Wassataquoik Stream. Free overnight parking permits required-contact kaww_superintendent@nps.gov or call 207-456-6001. Campsite fee 0.00 No fee required Esker Campsite A picnic table, fire ring, and clearing for a tent on the bank of Wassataquoik Stream. Esker Campsite is located on the west bank of Wassataquoik Stream. Haskell Campsite Backcountry campsite along the banks of Haskell Deadwater and the Haskell Rock Pitch Portage. walk-in, tent-only site 0.00 First-come-first-serve backcountry campsite Haskell Campsite Rustic backcountry campsite with glacial erratic on right and storage shed behind. Whether hiking or paddling, Haskell Campsite is a beautiful spot for all to enjoy. Also a great place for enjoying the wonders of the night sky.. Haskell Hut Rustic cabin with wood stove that can be reserved by bunk (8 bunks) in the winter. Currently CLOSED due to Covid-19. walk-in cabin bunks 0.00 Haskell Hut has 8 bunk spaces for reservation within the cabin. Haskell Hut Haskell Hut with fall foliage all around. The picturesque Haskell Hut in autumn. Haskell Hut Haskell Hut with beautiful summer foliage surrounding it. Picturesque Haskell Hut during the summer. Haskell Hut Woodstove Woodstove in the middle of a cabin with wood stacked against wall to left and bunks behind. The woodstove within Haskell Hut is a great source of heat during those frigid winter nights. Haskell Hut Kitchen Kitchen countertop and sink with light from window lighting up room. Plenty of space for organizing and cooking meals in Haskell Hut. Haskell Hut Wooden Bunks Wooden raised bunks within Haskell Hut. Plenty of space to sleep and keep warm in Haskell Hut on the wooden raised bunks. Haskell Hut Closed In Porch and Table Wooden round table with chairs placed on within a closed in porch. A table that can serve many purposes on your trip. Katahdin Brook Lean-to The closest backcountry site at 0.4 miles from the Barnard Mountain Trailhead / Southern Terminus of the International Appalachian Trail and the Loop Road. This is a Lean-to site only. Walk-in 0.00 Backcountry Lean-to. Katahdin Brook Lean-to A rustic stone firepit in front of a picnic table and Lean-to. Surrounded by trees and shrubs. Many International Appalachian Trail thru-hikers will stay at the Katahdin Brook Lean-to to begin their journey north. Other visitors stay to enjoy the rustic backcountry for a night or two. Lunksoos Campsite Walk-in campsite near the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Campsite fee 0.00 No fees are charged. Lunksoos Campsite Picnic table and fire ring located along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The Lunksoos campsite is located on the bank of the East Branch Penobscot River. Lunksoos Boat Launch View of the East Branch Penobscot River with gently sloping access to the water. Paddle the East Branch Penobscot River from Lunksoos Boat Launch. Lunksoos Vault Toilet An accessible vault toilet located across the road from the Lunksoos Campsite. A vault toilet is available across the road from the Lunksoos Boat Launch and Campsite. Lunksoos Mountain Lean-To A rugged lean-to site within the heart of the backcountry of Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument. Walk-in lean-to 0.00 Lean-to, picnic table, firepit Lunksoos Mountain Lean-to A wooden rustic lean-to with forest in the background Lunksoos Mountian Lean-to is a great place to stay to enjoy the sights and sounds of the wild while achieving solitude. Lunksoos Mountain Lean-to Picnic Table and Firepit Wooden picnic table on left with firepit to the right. Shrubs and grasses growing along edge. Great spot to socialize or enjoy solitude by a fire and enjoy the dark night skies. Lunksoos Mountain Lean-to Outhouse Wooden outhouse within a forest. The rustic outhouse of the lean-to. Lunksoos Mountain Lean-to Water Source Sign A wooden sign that reads, "water", along the trail. A sign pointing campers to a mountain stream to filter water. Lunksoos Mountain Lean-to water source Mountain stream cascading down a rocky forested slope. This stream is not to far to filter and replenish your water on your backpacking adventure. Pond Pitch Campsite A rustic backcountry campsite overlooking the majestic Pond Pitch and wild East Branch of the Penobscot River. Walk-in, tent-site only 0.00 Rustic campsite with fire pit, picnic table, and place for a tent. Pond Pitch Campsite Picnic table and firepit surrounded by forest with river and waterfall in background. If falling asleep to the sound of a waterfall appeals to your senses, than Pond Pitch Campsite might be what you're after. Robert Neuman Grand Pitch Lean-to A backcountry lean-to along the International Appalachian Trail and Grand Pitch Portage. Walk-in, lean-to 0.00 Backcountry lean-to, picnic table, and fire pit. Robert Neuman Grand Pitch Lean-to Fire pit and picnic table with lean-to in background. All surrounded by forest and vegetation. Whether you're tired from traveling through multiple portages along the East Branch of the Penobscot River or from hiking multiple miles along the International Appalachian Trail, the Robert Neuman Grand Pitch Lean-to is the place to spend the night. Sandbank Stream Campground Located approximately 10 miles from the intersection of Route 11 and Swift Brook Rd. Contains 3 sites. Campsite fee 0.00 No fees are charged. Sandbank Stream All Sites Three picnic tables and pit toilet on gravel surface. Sandbank Stream Campground offers three drive-in sites. Sandbank Stream Pit Toilet Pit toilet on concrete pad. Pit toilet at Sandbank Stream Campground. Sandbank Stream Tent Pad Gravel tent pad framed by logs and small rocks. Each site at Sandbank Stream has a gravel surface. Sandbank Stream Picnic Table Fire Ring Picnic table and fire ring on gravel surface with forest in the background. Picnic table and fire ring at a Sandbank Stream Campsite. Stair Falls Campsite A primitive campsite located near the portage trail for Stair Falls. The campsite can be reached by a 2-mile hike from Haskell Gate or by paddling down the East Branch Penobscot River. Campsite fee 0.00 No fee required. Stair Falls Campsite Brown sign with white lettering reading Stair Falls West Campsite Portage in a cleared area. The Stair Falls West Campsite is located on the bank of the East Branch Penobscot River. Upper East Branch Campsite Walk-in campsite along the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Upper East Branch Campground Wooden sign at the entrance of Upper East Branch Campground A short walk leads to a large campsite with views of the river Wassataquoik Campsite A beautiful primitive backcountry campsite next to Katahdin Brook along the International Appalachian Trail. The campsite is near the Wassataquoik Lean-to and is 0.9 miles from the trailhead at Wassataquoik Gate or 1.4 miles from the Barnard Mountain Trailhead. Walk-in 0.00 Walk-in primitive tent site. Wassataquoik Campsite A rustic firepit and picnic table in the shade of a trees with a grassy campsite to the right. Many enjoy setting up camp at Wassataquoik Campsite for it's strategic location near many of the national monument's points of interest.. Wassataquoik Lean-to A rustic backcountry Lean-to along the International Appalachian Trail near the Wassataquoik Stream. The site is 0.9 miles from the Wassataquoik Gate or 1.4 miles from the Barnard Mountain Trailhead. Walk-in 0.00 Walk-in primitive backcountry lean-to. Wassataquoik Lean-to Rustic firepit with picnic table and lean-to behind. Trail on the right. Within forested area. Many visitors take advantage of both Wassataquoik Lean-to's close proximity to many of the national monument's highlights and the solitude.. Orin Falls Large boulders and rapids in a forest stream Large boulders here in the Wassataquoik Stream cause its waters to churn and tumble through the rapids of Orin Falls. Series: Geologic Time Periods in the Paleozoic Era During the Paleozoic Era (541 to 252 million years ago), fish diversified and marine organisms were very abundant. In North America, the Paleozoic is characterized by multiple advances and retreats of shallow seas and repeated continental collisions that formed the Appalachian Mountains. Common Paleozoic fossils include trilobites and cephalopods such as squid, as well as insects and ferns. The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history ended this era. fossil corals in a rock matrix Ordovician Period—485.4 to 443.8 MYA Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains national parks, along with the Blue Ridge Parkway that connects them, pass through rocks from the core of the Appalachian Mountains. The mountains began forming during the Ordovician and eventually attained elevations similar to those of the Himalayas. rock with fossil brachiopod shells Silurian Period—443.8 to 419.2 MYA Excellent exposures and well-preserved fossils in Silurian rocks of Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve provide clues to the timing of the assembly of Alaska’s assembly from a variety of continental fragments. fossil corals in a rock matrix Paleozoic Era During the Paleozoic Era (541 to 252 million years ago), fish diversified and marine organisms were very abundant. In North America, the Paleozoic is characterized by multiple advances and retreats of shallow seas and repeated continental collisions that formed the Appalachian Mountains. Common Paleozoic fossils include trilobites and cephalopods such as squid, as well as insects and ferns. The greatest mass extinction in Earth's history ended this era. fossil corals in a rock matrix

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