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Andover North Surplus TWP

1945 Topographic Map with AT Path

Is a township immediately southeast of Township C, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The “surplus” indicates that it did not fit easily into the original township layout of the state, thus the ten-mile by three-mile … Continue reading

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Andover West Surplus TWP

Andover West Surplus 1945 Topographic Map

The township is immediately southwest of Andover North Surplus, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The Trail tracks the northwest corner of the township near the northeast slope of Little Bald Pate Mountain. In 1945, (the … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail

National Park Service Map of the AT in Maine

I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least—and it is commonly more than that—sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements. … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail -Springer Mountain Georgia

Parking Lot on Springer Mountain

APPALACHIAN TRAIL – SPRINGER MOUNTAIN GEORGIA Here in the Chattahoochee National Forest on Springer Mountain is where the Appalachian Trail begins for the “north bounders” as they trek to Katahdin in Maine’s Baxter State Park. Often they are dropped off … Continue reading

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Appalachian Trail Map

This is a clickable map of the Appalachian Trail in Maine, covering each of the 36 towns and townships through which the trail passes. Photos, maps, and videos illustrate the route. Continue reading

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Ashland

Location Map for Ashland

Frenchville and Sheridan are villages north of the village of Ashland. Lumbering, once the major industry, is recalled in Ashland’s Logging Museum. Continue reading

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August 24

Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park (August 2001)

August 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1874 Franklin Clark of Wiscasset and member of … Continue reading

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Avery, Myron

Avery Peak from West Peak, Bigelow

Tireless worker to complete the Appalachian Trail, Myron Avery (1899-1952), born in Lubec, was a navy veteran of two world wars, and was awarded The Legion of Merit. Avery Peak on Bigelow Mountain was named in his honor. Continue reading

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Bald Mountain Township T2 R3 BKP EKR

Moxie Bog

is in mid-eastern Somerset County immediately west of Blanchard, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. It should not be confused with Bald Mountain Township T4 R3 NBKP, in northwestern Somerset County north of Moose River. Access … Continue reading

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Baldpate Mountain

Appalachian Trail Directional Sign (2010)

The trail to West Peak on Baldpate Mountain begins at the parking lot in Grafton Notch State Park.  Located in Grafton Township on Route 26 in Oxford County, this part of the Appalachian Trail resumes at a small kiosk. The … Continue reading

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Bar Harbor

Location Map for Bar Harbor

After Newport, Rhode Island, Bar Harbor was the resort of choice for wealthy eastern Americans until the great fire of 1947 destroyed many homes and forested areas. Acadia National Park dominates tourists’ itineraries when the town’s population swells each summer. The College of the Atlantic is located here. Continue reading

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Baxter Park Campgrounds

Double Top Mountain from Kidney Pond (2002)

Abol, Chimney Pond, Daicey Pond, Katahdin Stream, Kidney Pond, Nesowadnehunk Field, Roaring Brook, Russell Pond, South Branch Pond, and Trout Brook Farm are the major campsites in Baxter State Park. Chimney Pond and Russell Pond are not accessible by automobile. … Continue reading

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Baxter State Park

Location Map for Baxter State Park

At night, he saw the stars in the sky in their fixed positions and the crescent of the moon floating like a boat in the blue. He saw trees, stars, animals, clouds, rainbows, rocks, herbs, flowers, stream and river, the … Continue reading

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Beaver Cove

Location Map for Beaver Cove

named for the cove in the southeastern corner of Moosehead Lake that cuts into it, is north of Greenville on the Lily Bay Road. Lily Bay State Park is nearby. It is an access point for Elephant Mountain and the site of a B-52 bomber crash in 1963. See photos. Continue reading

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Belgrade

Location Map for Belgrade

Named for Belgrade, Serbia, it is a center for the Belgrade Lakes Region that attracts summer visitors to enjoy fishing, boating and lakeside cottages. Great Pond dominates the town. Belgrade Lakes village at the north end of the pond stands between Great Pond on the east and Long Pond on the west. Belgrade’s population has showed continuous growth for the past several decades, slowly changing from a rural resort community to a residential suburb of Waterville and Augusta. See photos. Continue reading

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Black Bear

Bear feces on Lost Pond Trail in Baxter State Park (2005)

text by Craig McLaughlin Wildlife Biologist, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Bear Facts Physical Characteristics The black bear, featured above at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, is the smallest of the three species of bears inhabiting North … Continue reading

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Blanchard Township

Location Map for Blanchard

In the northern portion, the Appalachian Trail crosses the township following Bald Mountain Stream and the Piscataquis River, passing just north of the village, which is near the river and is accessible on the Blanchard Road from Monson village. See maps and photos. Continue reading

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Bowdoin College Grant East TWP

Location Map for Bowdoin College East TWP

The township is home to First and Second Little Lyford Ponds, an Appalachian Mountain Club lodge on the site of an historic logging camp, and an extensive section of the Appalachian Trail. The ponds and lodge are east of Greenville … Continue reading

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Bowtown Township

Location Map Bowtown TWP

Bowtown Township is bound by the Kennebec River on the east for six miles, across the river from The Forks, and by the Dead River on the north. Dead River Mountain and Otter Pond Mountain reside within the township. Known … Continue reading

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Bradstreet Township

Location Map for Bradstreet Township

Attean Falls on the Moose River and the nearby Attean Falls Campground are probably the biggest features that draw visitors to the township. For those taking the Moose River Bow Canoe Trip, this is the last campsite before entering Attean … Continue reading

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Canoe Trips

Canoe trips can range from several days in the Allagash Wilderness Waterway or on the Androscoggin, Kennebec, or Penobscot Rivers, to pleasant day trips often close to home. Here are few samples of accessible canoeing in Maine. (Click the film … Continue reading

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Caratunk

Location Map for Caratunk

in Somerset County lies 40 miles north of Skowhegan on the Kennebec River, where both Pierce Pond Stream and Pleasant Pond Stream enter. The Appalachian Trail crosses the river aided by a canoe shuttle. Benedick Arnold marched through on his way to Quebec. See video and photos. Continue reading

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Carrabassett Valley

Location Map for Carrabassett Valley

Home to Sugarloaf Mountain and its ski area, it has many related seasonal homes. The population has exploded in the latest census decade. A “ski academy” and a small airport are two enterprises based on the skiing economy. The Appalachian Trail passes north-south through the community along the western side of North and South Crocker Mountains. See video and photos. Continue reading

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Carrying Place Township

South on the Bowtown Road in the Township (2007)

The township is immediately west of the Kennebec River, across from Caratunk, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail.  Access by road begins across the river from Bingham. A right turn  brings one to the Carry Pond … Continue reading

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Carrying Place Town TWP

Historic Topographic Map of T2 R3 (1956)

Appalachian Trail routes from details of a 1956 Historic Topographic Map. This township is technically known as T2 R3 BKP WKR. The latter initials mean Binghham’s Kennebec Purchase West of the Kennebec River. The township (Not to be confused with … Continue reading

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Chimney Pond

Photo: Ranger station at Chimney Pond (2001)

Established in 1938, Chimney Pond campground, one of the “backcountry” sites in Baxter State Park, is a 3.3 mile hike from Roaring Brook campground, the location for nearest automobile access.  It has its own ranger station, lean-tos and one bunkhouse, … Continue reading

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Dead River TWP

Myron Avery Memorial (2003)

The township is immediately west of Carrying Place Town Township, host to the next northerly section of the AT. Little Bigelow Mountain, Myron H. Avery Peak, and West Peak challenge Appalachian Trail hikers. Bigelow Public Reserve Land, through which the … Continue reading

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Elliotsville Township

View from the Trail

was incorporated as a town, February 19, 1835 but its incorporation was repealed May 26, 1858. Later reorganized as a plantation, January 3, 1887, it was deorganized March 31, 1983. Elliottsville is home to more than a dozen small ponds … Continue reading

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Forks Plantation, The

Location Map for The Forks

The Forks village is at the confluence of the Kennebec and Dead Rivers. Appalachian Trail southbound hikers enter from Caratunk at the southeast corner at the very southern tip of Moxie Pond, trekking over Middle Mountain, then north of Pleasant Pond over Pleasant Pond Mountain before reentering Caratunk. Continue reading

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Goslings, The

The Goslings Aerial View (2011)

Two Islands These two small islands, in the town of Harpswell, are in Middle Bay, a major inlet off Casco Bay. A popular destination for boaters, they lie just off the southern tip of Lower Goose Island. Each has campsites … Continue reading

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Grafton TWP

Location Map for Grafton TWP

Grafton Notch State Park features the Notch formed by Old Speck Mountain and Baldpate Mountain on the Appalachian Trail. In the Notch, Screw Auger Falls has worn deep holes into solid rock by the swirling water of the Bear River. Continue reading

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Gulf Hagas

Long view of Gulf Hagas with Forested Cliffs

and The Hermitage are both located in the Bowdoin College Grant East, T7 R10 NWP, an unorganized township east of Greenville and northwest of Brownville. The area is part of the Appalachian Trail corridor owned by the National Park Service. … Continue reading

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Holeb Township

Location Map for Holeb Township

Holeb was and is a place for harvesting forest products. Amos A. Logging crews and camps were here and in the 19th century. See photos. Most of the shores on Attean and Holeb Ponds, and a significant length of the Moose River including Holeb Falls, lie within the Maine Public Reserved Lands. Canoe trips are frequent. Continue reading

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Katahdin, Mount

A "Lake" of Fog under Katahdin (August 2014)

It was like sitting in a chimney and waiting for the smoke to blow away. It was, in fact, a cloud-factory,– these were the cloud-works, and the wind turned them off done from the cool, bare rocks. [Thoreau] is the … Continue reading

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Lake View Plantation

Location Map for Lakeview Plantation

The small community’s more than doubling in population from 2000 to 2010 may be due to the selling of large tracts of woodland to private individuals for the creation of “wilderness” estates around Schoodic Lake. Lake View Plantation’s town office is located in nearby Brownville. Home to a section of public reserved land. Continue reading

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Lily Bay State Park

Sign: Lily Bay State Park (2011)

is located on Moosehead Lake in the town of Beaver Cove, just north of Greenville.  It occupies 925 acres of a broad peninsular bounded by the lake and Rowell Cove. The park features  two camping areas bordering the lake with … Continue reading

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Lobster Township

The Beach at Ogden Point (2008)

is located in Piscataquis County east of the northernmost portion of Moosehead Lake and of adjoining Northeast Carry Township. Lobster lake, so-named because of its shape, dominates as an attraction for canoe trips and camping.  Campsites are available primarily on … Continue reading

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Monson

Monson Birdseye View 1889

The Appalachian Trail runs along the northwestern portion of Lake Hebron, then veers north toward the Doughty Ponds. See photos. In Maine, “Monson” often means “slate” to those who know that its high quality products have been shipped worldwide. Continue reading

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Moose River Bow Canoe Trip

The Moose River Bow Trip

This August 2006 canoe trip included several days of modest rapids, portages and camping. Holeb Falls and a friendly river otter were among the sights along the way. The trip began at Holeb Pond in Holeb Township and ended by … Continue reading

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Mount Abram TWP

Mt. Abram Township Topographic Map

The township is immediately south of Carrabassett Valley, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Mount Abram Township is dominated by Mount Abraham, with the AT passing through the northwest corner. This four mile section is inaccessible … Continue reading

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North Maine Woods

The 20 mile North Maine Woods checkpoint in the Pittston Academy Grant (T2 R4 NBKP) (2008)

North Maine Woods In addition to be a general term for the forests of northern Maine, North Maine Woods is an organization that manages access to a specific area of mostly privately own land. Land Ownership The complicated historic land … Continue reading

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Outdoor Recreation

Rafting near The Forks (2004)

in Maine is a matter of picking the freely available natural resources: streams and lakes for canoeing, nature preserves and mountains for hiking, rivers for rafting, forests and parks for camping, among the many non-motorized options. Not to mention hunting … Continue reading

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Penobscot West Branch and Lobster Lake

Penobscot West Branch Lobster Lake Map (1954)

The Roll Dam campsite is a fine location from which to launch the brief trip to Lobster Stream and then to Lobster Lake.  The AMC River Guide notes that “This is the smoothwater section of the West Branch [of the … Continue reading

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Pierce Pond Township

An Appalachian Trail Hiker Savors the Colorful Fall View

[PEERCE POND] a township in Somerset County, is home to all but a small portion of Pierce Pond, all of Upper Pierce Pond, Grass Pond and half of Kilgore Pond, which it shares with Bowtown Township to the east. Pierce … Continue reading

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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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Russell Pond

Photo: Mount Katahdin from Sandy Stream Pond (1996)

Russell Pond campground in Baxter State Park is a 7.2 mile hike from Roaring Brook campground, the location for nearest automobile access. Hikers may choose to begin on the Sandy Stream Pond trail, which, northwest of the Pond, links to … Continue reading

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Sandy River Plantation

Location Map for Sandy River Plantation

About 35 miles northwest of Farmington on Maine Route 4, just south of Rangeley, the community marks the source of the Sandy River in the Sandy River Ponds. See map, video and photos. Four Ponds Public Reserve Land lies just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Access is by the Appalachian Trail off Route 4 in Sandy River. Continue reading

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South Branch Pond

Photo: Hiking Trail Signs (2007)

is the northern most campground in Baxter State Park. The site, in T5 R9 WELS township, offers tent sites, cabins, a bunkhouse. Canoeing and hiking provide opportunities for sweeping scenic views, and wildlife observation. Hiking trails are well marked as … Continue reading

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South Freeport

Freeport Harbor (2014)

South Freeport is on the broad Harraseeket River leading to Casco Bay. Once a shipbuilding center, it now hosts the town’s public wharf, a marina, a boatyard, and the Harraseeket Yacht Club. Winslow Park on the Bay provides recreation and camping opportunities. Continue reading

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St. Croix River Canoe Trip

Russell

Vanceboro, Maine in eastern Washington County is the starting point of this trip. The launch is in a private area where the narrow river is literally a stone’s throw across from St. Croix, New Brunswick, Canada. The river is managed … Continue reading

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State Parks

Camden Harbor (2001)

and other public outdoor recreational areas State Parks Allagash Wilderness Waterway (Aroostook County). A canoe camper’s paradise. This 92-mile corridor of lakes and river is surrounded by a vast commercial forest. If you plan to canoe the Allagash, contact the … 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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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 R9 WELS

T2 R9 WELS Location Map

This township lies at the base of Baxter State Park, encompassing the Park south access road from Millinocket and the eastern end of The Golden Road. The West Branch of the Penobscot River flows through its eastern region and includes … Continue reading

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T3 R10 WELS

Abol Bridge on the Golden Road

APPALACHIAN TRAIL – ABOL BRIDGE TO DAICEY POND Abol Bridge is located on the Golden Road over the West Branch of the Penobscot River in township T2 R10 WELS. A private campground and general store sits just outside the boundaries of … Continue reading

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T4 R9 NWP

sign: "Piscataquis County Line, Entering T4 R9" (NWP) on Route 11 (2014)

Community This township is in north central Maine in Piscataquis County. It is dominated by Seboeis Lake and the Seboeis Maine Public Reserved Land, which surrounds most of the Lake. Two small settlements, Schoodic and Packards, are in the west … Continue reading

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T7 R9 NWP

Historic Topographic Map of T9 R9

This township is immediately south of the Bowdoin College Grant East, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Trail (red dots on the maps) runs from East Chairback Pond, over Chairback Mountain, past West Chairback Pond to … Continue reading

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T9 R9 WELS

Maine Forest Service on the Pinkham Road (2015)

A Maine Forest Service Station on the Pinkham Road in the south of the township, is adjacent to Brown Brook which crosses the road there.  It seems to be a remote outpost with no other station for many miles. Presumably … Continue reading

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TA R10 WELS

AT South Boot Icon

This township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The trail generally tracks east-west, except for a short northwest-southeast section between Mud Pond and Lower Jo-Mary Lake. It enters the township … Continue reading

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TA R11 WELS

1952 Topographic Map of TA R11 Township

The township is immediately west of TA R10 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. Heading south, the AT follows Cooper Brook to Crawford Pond, the to the East Branch of the Pleasant River. Two AT … Continue reading

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TA R12 WELS

1952 TA R12 Topographic Map

The township is immediately adjacent to T1 R11 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Appalachian Trail cuts briefly through the southeast corner of the township, also known as Shawtown. Shawtown is a very watery township, … Continue reading

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TB R11 WELS

A view from the ridges in TB R11 WELS 2007

The township is immediately southeast of TA R12 WELS, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The AT briefly (about two miles) passes through the northwest corner of the township as it ascends White Cap Mountain for … Continue reading

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Township C

Detail of 1940

This oddly shaped, trapezoidal township is immediately west of Township D, host to the next northerly section of the Appalachian Trail. The trail travels about one mile in the township’s southeast corner on the southwest slope of Old Blue Mountain. … Continue reading

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Township D

1940

This township is immediately west of Township E, host to the next northerly section of the AT. The Trail enters at the northeast corner of the township and proceeds westerly, then southwesterly along its western boundary. (See light green dots … Continue reading

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Township E

Location Map for TWP E in Franklin County

Township E is south of Sandy River Plantation, host to the next northerly section of the AT after Township D. (E Township is a different township in Aroostook County.) Township E, almost triangular in shape,  extends eight miles from Long … Continue reading

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Vanceboro

Sunset over Small Stream in Vanceboro (2013)

At the easternend of Maine Route 6, Vanceboro lies across the river from St. Croix, New Brunswick where 24-hour per day customs stations manage border crossings. See photos. A hill in the village overlooks the main street. With the large houses, the veterans hall and memorial, it appears to have been an important neighborhood in the history of Vanceboro. The local school of recent vintage is located there. Trains from Maine pass through Vanceboro to Canada. Continue reading

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Wyman Township

Trail head at Stratton Brook Pond

The Bigelow Public Reserve Land tract is located in Wyman Township, Bigelow Township, and Dead River Township in Franklin and Somerset counties. All three townships are contiguous and lie just south of Flagstaff Lake. East of Stratton in the town … Continue reading

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