The Forks, Maine Vacations
Are you a year-round outdoor adventure enthusiast?
If so, you will probably love a vacation in The
Forks, Maine. And if you enjoy the thrill of
all that much better!
As this is where two of Maine's most
challenging whitewater rivers converge...
...the Dead River (the longest continuous
whitewater in the East), and the
Located in western Maine's Somerset County, in the
and Moose River Valley
Region, The Forks, technically The Forks Plantation...
...is just over a
2.5 hour drive from Portland,
Maine, but geographically speaking, it is a world away.
It is near The Forks, where the Maine North Woods
begin, and day-to-day
life as most of us know it, ends - providing awesome opportunities to
explore the simpler things in life.
The Forks, Maine Attractions
It is the abundance of outdoor recreational
activities that brings so many visitors to The Forks area in Maine.
Regardless of the time of year, big kids and little
kids alike thrive on the physical exhilaration that can be found here.
With rapids up to Class V, on both the Penobscot
River and the Dead River, and more gentle, but still roller-coaster
like rafting on the Kennebec River...
...the best whitewater rafting
(and as some
people claim, the best whitewater rafting in New England)
will be right at
And from April to October, so too will be a
countless number of Maine guides and outfitters, to ensure that you are
riding the rapids safely.
Dead River Expeditions, Adventure
Bound, Fifteen Mile Stream Guide Service...
...Northern Outdoors, Moxie
Outdoor Adventures, Magic Falls Rapid Company, Three Rivers Whitewater
and Snow, and many other professional services await your visit.
only will The Forks, Maine guides keep you out of harm's way, but if
you want, they will help you plan a Forks adventure trip, from
start to finish.
However, if discovering on your own, the best things to do in The Forks, Maine,
is more your vacation style, be sure not to miss...
climbing the cliff at "Joe's Hole", along the top of Lake
if your Forks, Maine vacation includes children, you might like to
schedule a climb...
...with North American Outdoor Adventure, at
Maine's tallest indoor climbing wall. It is located at the
Restaurant and Pub in West Forks, Maine.
Rafting Company, also in West Forks, invites you to scale a 25-foot
Climbing Tower that features overhangs and high angle climbs.
Day hikes along the many miles of hiking trails in The
Forks, Maine will take you on an easy 1/2 mile hike, to the
top of the 90-foot drop of Moxie
...along the 5-mile Forks Area Scenic Trail System,
a multi-purpose trail that follows scenic Old Canada Road, as it runs
alongside the meandering Kennebec...
the summit of the 2,480-foot, 360-degree panoramic view Pleasant Pond
Mountain, which is located on the Appalachian Hiking
...or, to the 2,630 foot summit of Moxie Bald
Mountain, with extended ledges and open crest.
On the Moxie Falls hike, weather
permitting, you will need your bathing suit, as
the Moxie Falls swimming holes are irresistible! For other
in The Forks, Maine will lead to heart pounding adventure along rushing
whitewater rapids. Or, pure relaxation as you paddle on one
the areas peaceful lakes or ponds, such as...
...Black Brook Pond, Pleasant Pond, Pierce
Pond, Moxie Pond or Lake Moxie.
and ponds, along with numerous rivers, streams and
brooks, also make excellent places to spend a few hours fishing
in the The Forks.
The Kennebec River and the Dead River...
Penobscot River - and the East Branch and West Branch of the
with their tributaries, provide what many local anglers say are some of
fishing spots, for smallmouth bass, brook trout and
is abundant here. However, for optimal viewing, you may want
consider the services of a registered Maine guide in The Forks, Maine -
especially if moose
are high on your list of things to do.
Moose watching tours in The Forks, and other
wilderness safaris, offer
prime opportunities to see not only the Maine state animal (the moose,
black bear, whitetail deer, bald eagles, osprey, partridge, otter, and
many other local
Do you hunt?
This area is a hunters
paradise. But be sure to find out before your trip - at
what you need for a Maine hunting license.
And, if you
hope to snag the biggest catch of all, read up on the annual Maine Moose Hunting
Getting up close to Maine's wilderness is also
easy when mountain
biking on one of numerous bike trails, or along an unused
Or, with ATV
rentals, in The Forks, Maine, that will allow you to
explore hundreds of miles of
extensive Maine ATV trail system. For the ultimate get-away...
...single-day and multi-day
guided ATV vacations, or solo rides, can be combined with
whitewater rafting and other wilderness adventures.
And when the time is right, snowmobile rentals
will give you access to miles and miles of groomed trails, and sled
dogs will make your feel at home...
...as they lead you along favorite dog sledding trails.
Winter in The Forks, Maine is also a perfect time
for fine-tuning snowshoeing,
cross country skiing,
and ice skating
techniques, and when road conditions permit...
...a winter-wonderland drive
...one of Maine's Scenic Byways, Old Canada Road
Scenic Byway (Route 201).
From Bingham, Maine northerly to the Canadian
Border, this 75-mile route passes through Caratunk,
The Forks, Lake Parlin and Jackman...
...and offers spectacular year-round vistas of
the Kennebec River Valley.
you are lucky enough to vacation in Maine during fall foliage season,
and drive the Old Canada Scenic Byway, you will
likely be in awe!
The Forks, Maine Lodging and Rentals
More than likely your vacation in The Forks, Maine
is all about unwinding and taking full advantage of Mother Nature's
offerings. Lodging accommodations in The Forks will allow you
to do just that!
You will be miles from big name hotels or motels
in The Forks - no Hampton Inn, Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn, Days
Inn, or Super 8 here.
Instead, the list of places to stay in The Forks, Maine,
and in nearby West Forks, ME, is filled with names quite appropriate to
Situated along the banks of the Kennebec River Crab Apple Whitewater
in Maine offers lodging, dining and guided tours.
Lodge, which sits adjacent to the resorts swimming pool and hot
tubs, has six private units and two Deluxe Units - Moose Crossing and
Roomier accommodation can be found in the individually decorated Crab
Suites that have refrigerators and two
person Jacuzzi tubs...
...or in the Snow Cottage, Spring Cottage and
Cottage, which offer spacious living for families and friends.
side note... If
you have heard the name before and associate Crab
Apple Whitewater with Vermont or Massachusetts, you are not imagining
things. There are New England Crab Apple Resort locations
those states, as well.
Mile Stream Lodge
and Outfitters offers "superior guide service along with good Maine
hospitality all year long". With a full service restaurant
bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you won't be far from some of
the comforts of home.
The Professional River Runners Grand View Lodge
accommodates overnight guests in a classic New England bed and
breakfast. In addition to the West Forks, Maine B&B,
the Grand View has one and two bedroom deluxe condos, and a country
cottage - all with a living room, dining area, and fully equipped
The property boasts "panoramic
mountain views" and "spectacular sunrises", and during snowmobile
in The Forks, Maine, a 1,000 square-mile maintained trail system can be
accessed from the backyard of the Grand Lodge.
On a bluff overlooking the Kennebec River in The
Forks, Inn by the River
is in the "heart of whitewater rafting in the summer, and snowmobiling
in the winter".
you are traveling solo, with a companion, or as part of a large group,
the Inn on
the River has adequate lodging in one of their ten private guest rooms
private baths, or in the Carriage House Apartment that can sleep up
In comparison to many resort towns, the cost of
lodging in The Forks, Maine
affordable and it is easy at certain times of the year to find great
However, if you want a
truly cheap place to stay,
The Forks has many camping areas...
camping to campsites closer to amenities.
is available at some of the places listed above, along with a
number of other campgrounds in The Forks area.
hiking, such as Northern Outdoors hiking vacation
packages, is another excellent way to see this
awesome wilderness. The Poplar Stream Hut, the Flagstaff Hut
Grand Falls Hut...
...are the first to be constructed in the Maine
Huts and Trails System and come with some of the amenities of home.
home-cooked meals and comfortable bunkrooms will make overnight hikes
The Forks, Maine a luxury!
And when you are traveling with your family, a
group of friends, or you just want complete privacy, the best budget
lodging may easily be cabin rentals in The Forks, Maine, a lodge, or
vacation home - all of which can be reserved through one of the areas
wilderness adventure outfitters.
The Forks, Maine Restaurants
There is probably no better way to create a
ravenous hunger than to
spend endless hours enjoying outdoor activity. So, without
a doubt, you are going to work up quite an appetite while on vacation
in The Forks, Maine.
Lucky for you, many of the outdoor outfitters and lodges in The
...provide breakfast and dinner daily, serving some of the best
home-cooked meals you may have enjoyed in quite some time.
If the urge strikes, and you want to get out to
enjoy more local flavor...
Inn Restaurant and Bar in The
Forks, is housed in a building where locals and visitors have been
quests since the 1890's.
Today, Marshall's offers pub fare in a casual environment,
and seating for just you or the large group you may be
Located across from the Kennebec River, on Route
201, "right on ITS 86 & 87" Marshall's also provides
Regardless of where you find places to eat in The
Forks, Maine, you will not go to bed hungry. The natives
know all about long days in the wilderness!