The Moosehead Lake Region offers many cross country ski trails. Make a day trip to the loop trail at Big Squaw Ski Resort, or spend an afternoon on the trails at NREC. Looking for something a bit more adventurous? Try the three night lodge to lodge ski trip at the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ski all day and warm up at night in the cozy lodges. No gear? No problem! Northwoods Outiftters offers full package cross-country ski packages right in Greenville! Visitors will find numerous opportunities for cross-country skiing while visiting Moosehead.
Natural Resources Education Center offers family-friendly trails at the Visitor’s Center on Route 15 and Lily Bay State Park hosts family-friendly cross-country skiing opportunities as well. Big Squaw Mountain features 10 kilometers of cross-country trails in addition to their downhill alpine skiing. The Appalachian Mountain Club boasts 70 miles of groomed, but untracked, backcountry skiing.
Want to get off the beaten path? Take a drive to Rockwood, Maine and say hello to the friendly staff at The Birches Resort. They have 40 miles of cross-country ski trails, a restaurant with a bar, a fireplace to warm your toes, and even offer equipment rentals on site! The Birches’ cross-country trails include varied terrain for all levels of experience, they also have ski-in lodging available at their yurt huts.
For the more adventurous cross-country skiers, there are hundreds of miles of ungroomed logging roads waiting to be explored.
Snowshoeing in the Moosehead Lake Region
While the Moosehead Lake area is a major destination for snowmobiling during the winter months, it’s also a great place to strap on snowshoes for easy, moderate and challenging winter hiking trails to explore.
If you are new to snowshoeing, there are Registered Maine Guides who can introduce you to this winter nature walk for an informative and interactive experience in the Maine woods.
Interested in getting out on your own? Great! It’s as easy as putting one foot in front of the other! Granted you will have platforms strapped to your feet, but you’ll enjoy the adventure walking over the snow-covered landscape! Snowshoeing is a wonderful activity for the entire family to enjoy!
There are a number of different winter snowshoe trails available for you and your family to explore in the Moosehead Lake area:
- Right behind the Moosehead Lake Visitor Center on Route 15!
- Lily Bay State Park
- Squaw Mountain snowshoe and ski trails
- The Birches in Rockwood
- Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Wilderness Lodges
- Or get involved with the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit hiking challenge! All of our mountains are available to access year-round, so strap on those snowshoes and get out and explore.
Photos provided by Danielle Dorrie and Northeast Whitewater
Moosehead Marine Museum’s primary exhibit is the Steamship Katahdin, a 100-plus-year-old steamboat that used to carry people and cargo on Moosehead Lake. We offer daily narrated cruises from June – Columbus Day. There is a full galley aboard the Katahdin selling sandwiches and refreshments as well as a small gift shop. The shoreside museum has a small exhibit room and a gift shop.
Stress Free Moose is a locally owned and operated pub on the shores of Moosehead Lake. We offer a full line of spirits, a diverse number of red & white wines, as well as beer on tap from multiple local breweries. Come dive into our delicious pub grub, while listening to live entertainment on our outside deck and patio areas or in one of our three indoor dining sections.
The classic lodge experience is still going strong
After a day of fresh mountain air, step into a warm atmosphere with the best comforts of home–including a private lodge room/private bath or a private bunkroom/shared bath. Hearty 4-course, family-style dinners and breakfast buffets come with your stay, as do vegetarian and kid-friendly options.
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