--Recreational opportunities within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument change with the seasons. Visitors can enjoy traditional activities, including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on designated trails. Hunting is allowed on lands east of the East Branch of the Penobscot River.
In the monument, there are several short and long-distance hikes from trailheads on the Katahdin Loop Road and Messer Pond Road. You can find out more information about hiking on our hiking page.
Hunting is permitted (with a Maine state license) within the monument on lands east of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. Bear baiting, trapping and chase dogs are not permitted. Click here for a map that shows the areas where hunting and snowmobiling are permitted within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Campsites, lean-to shelters, etc. on monument property are available for reservations through Recreation.gov. Dogs are not permitted in the cabins or shelters. At this time there is no fee to use the lean-to shelters or huts. Campfires can only be kindled with a valid Maine Forest Service campfire permit and only in designated locations such as established campsites and lean-tos. A free permit is easily acquired prior to a visit by calling the Northern Regional Office of the Maine Forest Service at 207-435-7963. Campfire permits are not required for authorized campfire sites at Lunksoos and Sandbank Stream. Camping in non-designated sites is not permitted at this time.
The East Branch of the Penobscot and the surrounding tributaries offer excellent fishing opportunities. A valid Maine state fishing license is required.
The use of pedal only bicycles is allowed on park roads, in parking areas, and on routes designated for bicycle use. Bicycles are only allowed on public roads and abandoned and administrative roads with two tracks. No bicycles are allowed on single track trails. Gravel logging roads adjacent to the monument normally do not allow biking.
For information about the use of e-bikes, see the park compendium.
Snowmobiling routes run north to south to the east of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. The exact routes may change slightly from year to year based on activities on surrounding land to ensure connectivity. Snowmobiling is allowed west of the East Branch only to access the crossing of the Penobscot River. Click here for a map that shows the areas where hunting and snowmobiling are permitted within Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.
Last updated: December 28, 2023