Hiking at Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

A man hiking on a dirt trail in the woods framed with tall ferns and trees.
Hiking to Deasey Ponds.


Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument offers over 50 miles of trails through rugged Maine wilderness. Hiking trails are found in the southern section, northern section, as well as in the Seboeis parcel areas of the monument. With short hikes as well as longer backpacking routes available, there is something for everyone.

Hikers need to assume individual responsibility for planning their trips, staying safe, and reducing their impact on the park. Plan ahead and check out our Leave No Trace page to learn more.

What to Bring on the Trail:

  • Sturdy footwear (waterproof hiking boots are recommended)
  • Drinking water! There is no potable water in the monument boundaries. Hikers and backpackers are responsible for carrying in or filtering water. Dehydration is a common cause of exhaustion, fatigue and headaches.
  • GPS Devices are recommended. Cell reception is spotty in the monument, carrying a GPS or satellite device is strongly recommended especially on overnight trips.
  • A Map & NPS App with Katahdin Woods and Waters downloaded to offline mode onto your phone. Cell service is unreliable at the monument. Know where you are and where you're going at all times!
  • Protection from biting and stinging insects. Insect repellent, long sleeves, and a bug head net are highly recommended in spring and summer seasons.
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Rain gear and proper clothing for the season.
  • Trekking poles (especially for crossing streams and rivers)
  • Wear blaze orange if hiking in the surrounding area during hunting season.
  • Food and Snacks remember, if you pack it in, pack it out!
Read the NPS Ten Essentials page to learn more about how to best prepare for a safe National Park experience.

Hikers enjoy a picnic overlooking forested landscape on top of a mountain on an overcast day.
South Section Hikes

Choose from a variety of hikes at the south section of the monument. Mountains, forests, and wetlands are a few of the highlights.

A large calm river flows alongside a forested landscape on a sunny blue sky day.
Seboeis Parcel Hikes

Hike in the Seboeis Parcel for an experience in a remote and undeveloped landscape.

A wide portion of river flowing over a large rapid on a blue sky day. Forested areas border it.
North Section Hikes

The trails in the north section of the monument have a sense of solitude and lead to many scenic views of the East Branch Penobscot River.

Last updated: April 19, 2024

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PO Box 446
Patten, ME 04765


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