What to do in Greenville Maine and Moosehead Lake?

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A true North Woods vacation can be realized in Greenville, Maine, a tiny community amidst pristine forest and mountains. Located in central Maine, 75 miles northwest of Bangor, the town of Greenville borders the south end of Moosehead Lake, a freshwater paradise for the adventurous. The wooded hills form the lake’s meandering shoreline against a backdrop of larger mountains, and provide myriad opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visitors also have the option of camping under the stars, or staying at a well-appointed, authentic New England Inn.

Greenville’s unspoiled, rugged environment provides year round recreational activity. If weather permits, visitors can explore the most remote wilderness by floatplane tour, which flies to areas unreachable by other means of transportation. Mild summers allow swimming, fishing, and boating on Moosehead Lake and smaller lakes nearby. The area offers whitewater rafting led by certified rafting guides on the Penobscot, Kennebec, and Dead Rivers, an exhilarating experience through the heart of the secluded North Woods. Fall brings the gold and crimson leaves of a gorgeous New England autumn, drawing hikers from all over the country. Snowy winters create ideal conditions for cross-country skiing and telemarking, which is expert skiing down rough, un-tracked mountain slopes. Designated trails for snowmobiling will bring hours of fun in the invigorating country air.

With the proper equipment, hiking can be enjoyed at all seasons, and gives the visitor a chance to see wildlife, such as moose, eagles, and deer in their native habitat. Southeast of Greenville is the famous Appalachian Trail, which ends at Mount Katahdin, Maine--2,100 miles from its starting point at Springer Mountain, Georgia, and is one of America’s premier hiking destinations. Parts of this remarkable trail can be traveled as day trips; two local hiking services, Moose Mountain Inn and Northwoods Outfitters, are available for information on lodging, equipment, and trails.

Greenville lodgings include rustic cabins, romantic getaways, or quaint bed and breakfast accommodations, such as the Greenville Inn, a Victorian bed-and-breakfast considered one of the top Inns in New England. Both luxury suites and cottages are available with various rates and special packages. The inn’s restaurant is acclaimed for its fine meals, and visitors can enjoy lovely mountain and lake views from two elegant dining rooms. Located on land conserved by the Appalachian Mountain Club, the Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins is a secluded sports camp open year round. With mountains, ponds, and access to the Appalachian Trail, the lodge promises tranquility and sublime vistas.

Greenville, Maine offers the best of New England with its atmosphere of solitude and beauty in a mountainous North Country setting. Whether visitors seek relaxation or excitement, this natural wilderness retreat makes a superior North Woods trip.