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Rainbow Township

Rainbow Stream

The township, also known as T2 R11 WELS, is immediately adjacent to T2 R10 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Traveling south hikers encounter the three mile long Rainbow Lake that arches over the northeastern corner … Continue reading

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Redington Township

1956 Topographic Map of Redington Township

The township is northwest of Mount Abram Township, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Redington is remote from other communities.  Its interior is accessible only by traveling south off Route 16 in Coplin Plantation along secondary … Continue reading

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Riley TWP

Location Map for Riley Township

a township in Oxford County, just north of the town of Gilead on the border with New Hampshire. It is home to no lakes, few people, several mountains in the Mahoosuc Range, and the source of Sunday River. It is the entry point for the Appalachian Trail in Maine in a section of the state’s Public Reserved Land. From here it is 281.4 miles to go to reach the summit of Mount Katahdin. Continue reading

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Rockwood Strip

Location Map Rockwood Strip

Two Rockwoods Rockwood is actually two townships with virtually the same name: T1 R1 NBKP (in the east) and T2 R1 NBKP (in the west). They are adjacent to each other in a narrow strip together measuring about 11 miles … Continue reading

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Sakom Township

Access Road from Fourth Lake Road to Cabin on Fourth Machias Lake in Sakom Township (2013)

Sakom Township, also known as T5 ND BPP, is certainly a “land of lakes.”  Included within it boundaries are major segments of Sysladobis Lake, Pocumus Lake, and Fourth Machias Lake, plus many inlets, coves, bays and two large islands. The … Continue reading

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Seboomook

Location Map for Seboomook

is both an unorganized township and a lake created by the Seboomook Dam.  Just north of Moosehead Lake, half the township and all of the lake are in Maine Public Reserved Land protective status. The 6,880-acre lake has over 69 … Continue reading

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Silver Ridge TWP

sign: "Welcome, Silver Ridge Township, Settled 1858"

Silver Ridge was, once a plantation from 1878 to the 1950s, in Aroostook County, immediately south of Sherman and east of Benedicta Township. Its small and declining population was likely a major factor in surrendering its organization. It is now … Continue reading

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Soldiertown Township Penobscot

Location Map for Soldiertown TWP

The East Branch of the Penobscot River travels from north to south on its east side. Three small ponds, Soldier, Little Soldier and Trout are here. Hay Brook is the village on the Grindstone Road. Continue reading

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Soldiertown Township Somerset

Soldiertown Somerset Location

Soldiertown is one of two unorganized townships by the same name. This one is in Somerset County and is also known as T2 R3 NBKP. The other Soldiertown, known as T2 R7 WELS, is in Penobscot County. The Northern Road, … Continue reading

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T1 R10 WELS

1952/1949 Topographic Map of T1 R10 WELS

The township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Traveling south, hikers continue along the southern shore of Nahmakanta Stream and Pemadumcook Lake. The trail then turns south, skirting the eastern … Continue reading

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T1 R11 WELS

Detail of 1952 Jo-Mary Mountain, Quadrangle Topographic Map

The township is completely within a tract of Maine Public Reserve Land and lies immediately south of Rainbow Township, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Traveling south, hikers encounter Nesuntabunt Mountain and Nahmakanta Lake that reaches … Continue reading

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T1 R4 WELS

Town Line Sign: T 1 R4 (North Yarmouth Academy Grant)

Also known as North Yarmouth Academy Grant Township, it lies just east of T1 R5 WELS. It has no settled village. Macwahoc Stream and an associated bog dominate the northeastern portion. The only improved roads are U.S. Route 2 in … Continue reading

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T1 R5 WELS

T1 R5 WELS Location

This sparsely populated township lies south of Benedicta and Silver Ridge Townships. The Aroostook Road from Benedicta to Molunkus village is the primary improved road, passing through the center of the township.  A small slice of the Nine Mile Woods … Continue reading

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T1 R6 WELS

Sunset Over Mount Katahdin at Salmon Stream Lake (2014)

Most travelers see the township from the scenic view on I-95. The attraction is a view of Mount Katahdin over 659-acre Salmon Stream Lake.  The outlet of Little Salmon Stream Lake, to the northeast, flows into Salmon Stream Lake. A … Continue reading

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T10 R8 WELS

Portable Housing on the Jack Mountain Road near the Spectacle Pond Road (2015)

As part of the North Maine Woods management area, the township hosts some related facilities, such as these temporary, mobile buildings, probably to provide shelter in this remote area. The Jack Mountain Road cuts through the northwest of the township, … Continue reading

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T10 R9 WELS

Chase Brook Road (left) off the Jack Mountain Road in T10 R9 WELS (2015)

This township in Piscataquis County lies just west of T10 R8 WELS where Jack Mountain Road continues, but declines into an unimproved dirt road and ends, at least by that name.  An improved dirt road, Chase Brook Road, branches south … Continue reading

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T11 R7 WELS

Bridge over Machias River (North)

This township is just west of Garfield Plantation, both of which are within the North Maine Woods management area. The American Realty Road crosses the northeast corner and the Pinkham Road crosses the southeast corner.  Both continue extensively westward through … Continue reading

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T11 R8 WELS

Jack Mountain Campsite (2015)

This township, in the North Maine Woods management area, continues the Jack Mountain Road from T11 R7 WELS in its southeast corner before the road turns southwest around Jack Mountain. Jack Mountain campsite, with tent space, a picnic table, toilet … Continue reading

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T2 R10 WELS

Mount Katahdin from the Golden Road East of Millinocket Lake

Three Routes This township, officially known as T2 R10 WELS, is the crossroad of two major “highways” in Maine: The Golden Road and the Appalachian Trail. Both travel the Abol Bridge over the West Branch of the Penobscot River. The … Continue reading

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T2 R4 WELS

Bog on the 6000 Road in T2 R4 WELS (2014)

This township is just east of Silver Ridge Township in southern Aroostook County. Crisscrossed with dirt logging roads, its main thoroughfare is the 6000 Road from U.S. Route 2 in Silver Ridge Dixie Road in the east terminating on U.S. … Continue reading

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