Kennebec & Moose River Valleys
MAINE’S CAPITAL AND THE AUTHENTIC MAINE EXPERIENCE
AUGUSTA, WATERVILLE, BELGRADES LAKES, THE FORKS
Inland water adventure typifies the Kennebec Valley and Moose River Valley regions. This north-south swathe of Maine extends from the state capital of Augusta to the border of the Canadian province of Quebec. One season in this region is as vibrant and full of activities as the next, where fly fishing flourishes in summer, scenic travel shines in fall, and winter is a wonderland of cross-country skiing, ice fishing, and snowmobiling.
Suggested itineraries in the region will likely include the Capitol Complex. Augusta is home to the Maine State Museum, Capitol Park, The State House, and the Blaine House where the governor resides. Look to Belgrade Lakes for a summer destination extraordinaire, a place of iconic Maine beauty that brings visitors to its many lodging facilities. Taking Route 201 above Skowhegan will lead trippers to Scenic Lookouts on the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, and carry them all the way to the border. There is seemingly no end to towns in the region that call out to be visited: Hallowell is a prime destination for antiquing, Gardiner will supply a classic piece of wild blueberry pie, Jackman provides a backdrop of the Western mountains for its loyal anglers, and Waterville suits those whose yen is to stroll the grounds of academia at Colby college.
The Forks is an excellent reason to explore the Kennebec Valley. Located at the confluence of the Dead and Kennebec Rivers, it is the starting point for running the rapids, otherwise known as some of the state’s most serious fun. Trips begin with a peaceful paddle pond and end with a roar; some thrilling trips offer Class V rapids, the most challenging whitewater in East. There are trips for all, no experience or equipment necessary. Professional guides take you through the paces, and many rafting companies offer.
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