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Description - Katahdin Iron Works is the site of a once thriving iron works built in 1843. A restored blast furnace and charcoal kiln remind visitors of an effort that produced nearly 2,000 tons of raw iron annually for half a century. Charcoal was made in fourteen kilns consuming 10,000 cords of wood a year. Viewing the historical furnace and kiln is offered each year during the summer months. This site offers access to the Appalachian Trail. Picnicking is available.

Attractions - Katahdin Iron Works is the site of a once thriving iron works built in 1843. A restored blast furnace and charcoal kiln remind visitors of an effort that produced nearly 2,000 tons of raw iron annually for half a century. Charcoal was made in fourteen kilns consuming 10,000 cords of wood a year.

Recreation - This seasonal attraction may be viewed each summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In addition to viewing the historical workings of an old furnace and kiln, picnicking is permitted. Access to the Appalachian Trail is via an old logging road heading west out of the site.

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.

Location - To reach the Katahdin Iron Works from SR 11 in the Katahdin Region, travel five miles north of Brownville Junction, then take gravel road 6 miles to "K.l."

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Normally Open: Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend.


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Filed By: Ben Jenkins (Brewer`, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This hike is a killer hike

Filed By: Ben Jenkins AKA Legs (Brewer, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I am parts of the brewer OE class. We camped 2 miles from the AT trail. We hiked through the woods at night and saturday morning around 9 we do the gulf hagus trail. We meet some really cool through hikes that ended up staying at our camp that night. sunday we hiked up chair back mountain and the veiw up there is amazing. If I had to make a suggestion it is for any who likes camping and hiking the is the place for it.

Filed By: Hollie
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Toughest part- bugs Biggest rewards- moose sightings, nature, fishing. Camping is great here. Small sites offer great spots on the water. They even offer a fire pit and picnic table. Beautiful scenery!! Great fishing. Don't forget the bug spray. My favorite place in the world.

Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The toughest part was sleeping in the cold. Got a deer. There were many forks in the roads around. Take any trail or road that you feel like taking it is very fun. Big brick buldings. the place for lunch is right in front of the brick building used for making iron in the old days. If you have lots of time ride around and go adventure the sides of the river. You can find lots of slate be careful the water has a good current. FOR NOW HAVE LOTS AND LOTS OF FUN UP IN THE IRON WORKS.


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Contact Information:
Northern Region Office, 106 Hogan Road , Bangor, ME, 04401, Phone: 207-941-4014

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - Maine - The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with 276 miles lying in Maine. The renowned Hundred Mile Wilderness falls within Maine.
Katahdin / Moosehead / Penquis Region - This gorgeous area of Maine is the last stronghold of wilderness in the Eastern United States. Studded with beautiful lakes, wild running rivers and gorgeous forests are characteristic of this region where Baxter State Park makes its home.
Maine's Historic Sites -

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