Outdoor adventurers have been visiting Jackman and Moose River Valley for its beauty and recreation for over a century. Many come for snowmobiling, ATVing, fishing, paddling, hunting, and camping. The valley is especially impressive in autumn. Spend a couple of days here, and head into the red- and gold-painted forest for hiking or paddling.
On the Old Canada Road, Jackman is the portal to sixty lakes, ponds, and streams and an extensive system of interconnected snowmobile and ATV trails. A four-season sportsman’s paradise, many visitors choose to stay at a traditional sporting camp. During your visit, hike to the peak of Sally Mountain for the spectacular view or embark by canoe on the historic Bow Trip.
The area’s best thrills can be found snowmobiling or ATVing through the woods. This remote part of the Kennebec Valley welcomes riders in all seasons, offering easy access to the trail systems right out the door of virtually every accommodation and restaurant. Services are provided both on the trail and in town. Local snowmobile clubs are here to show you around. Plus, Coburn Mountain, the highest groomed trail in Maine, is just a few miles south on ITS 89.
Attean Lake and Overlook
Just south of the town of Jackman, find the Attean Overlook rest area with its unparalleled vistas of Attean Lake and beyond to Sally Mountain. More than 40 islands dot the pond and with the exception of Attean Lodge and a few private cabins, the area remains pristine and undeveloped. The lake also offers avid fishers opportunities to catch wild populations of brook trout and inland salmon.
Situated on the western side of Moosehead Lake is the lakeside village of Rockwood. This quaint town provides entry to the north woods and the abundant sporting activities the region is famous for. Sporting camps and cottages are all within easy reach, as are trails for use in both summer and winter.
Accessible by boat from Rockwood, Mount Kineo climbs over 700 feet from the depths of Moosehead Lake. Shaped by glaciers over 10,000 years ago, it shares its rugged shape with many other Maine peaks. Mount Kineo State Park offers well-marked trails leading to the summit and spectacular views. Those looking to make a day of it should bring their golf clubs and try the 9-hole course located its base. The truly adventurous can even take a flight-seeing tour over the area.