A historic site featuring miles of multi-use trails, Katahdin Iron Works—37,000 acres east of Moosehead Lake in Maine— was conserved in 2007 with the purchase of a conservation easement. The property includes 17 miles of the federally protected Appalachian Trail, including part of the trail that leads to Gulf Hagas, a popular waterfall. Once Maine’s only 19th-century ironworks operation, the site now contains historic camping spots, many miles of multi-use recreational trails, and remote ponds.
Closest Town: Brownville, Piscataquis County
Activities: Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Picnicking, Bird Watching, Backcountry Camping,
Region: Northeastern/Mid-Atlantic: Piscataquis County
Directions: Take Route 11 to Brownville Junction. Drive 5 miles north of Brownville Junction on Route 11 and turn left at the sign for Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site. Katahdin Iron Works is located about 6 miles further on this gravel road.
Banner photo: Silver Lake in Katahdin Iron Works, by Francesca Galluccio-Steele