Description - The Appalachian Trail finds its terminus within the Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region. The area is characterized by few roads, fishing villages and crystal clear inland lakes. Folks enjoy nature photography, fabulous fishing waters, whitewater boating excursions, camping, hunting, skiing and more.
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- Maine's highest peak, Mount Katahdin falls within this region rising 5,268 feet above sea level. The area is known for being the terminus for the national scenic trail, Appalachian Trail. It is also home to the famous Baxter State Park. Fishing villages, evergreen forests and low lying swamps and bogs are found throughout.
Recreation - Baxter State Park is one of the main attractions found within this region. The wilderness park offers visitors a very memorable experience to a lifestyle long past. Within Baxter State Park is the highest peak along the East Coast. It is Mt. Katahdin which rises 5,268 feet. This peak is terminus to the national scenic trail, Appalachian Trail. Summer brings hikers, moose watchers and fishermen, while cold months attract hunters, snowmobilers, skiers and ice fishermen.
Climate - Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region has daytime winter temperatures in the northern area averaging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). In the southern area, winter temperatures average 14 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius). Summer brings cool, pleasant breezes with temperatures in the northern area averaging 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 Celsius) and in the southern area averaging around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The region receives an average of 38 - 44 inches (97 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.
The Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region falls near the center of the state. The Kennebeck Valley area is to the east, Aroostook Region to the north and east, Down East Region is to the east and southeast and Mid Coast is found along the southwestern tip. The majority of the area lies above busy metropolis of Bangor. The main access into the region is Interstate 95.