Step into a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and enjoy the peace and quiet of the winter woods. Though tracks are set only on a few trails, all unplowed roads and trails are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Remember that winter conditions can change rapidly and severely. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers a more remote experience with all its dangers: unpredictable wildlife, changing weather conditions, deep snow, open streams. Your safety is not guaranteed. Be prepared for any situation and know the limits of your ability. When visiting during the winter, you will need to bring your own recreation equipment and follow the winter recreation map.
Where to Find Groomed and Tracked Trails
The north entrance of the monument offers miles of packed and groomed trails perfect for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The trails meander along the East Branch of the Penobscot River and through rolling forested terrain.
Ungroomed Winter Trails
Cross-country skiing and winter hiking/snowshoeing are permitted on ungroomed trails. It is recommended that only experienced skiers or hikers use ungroomed hiking trails in winter as the terrain is often uneven and steep, ice falls may block the path, and marked routes can be obscured by snow.
Winter Trail Etiquette
Last updated: January 30, 2024