21 Instagram Photos That Will Inspire You to Travel to Western Maine


It’s no secret that I love western and central Maine. There’s nothing better than getting away from the crowds on the coast and enjoying some of Maine’s most beautiful places. I hope these photos inspire you to plan a trip! Be sure to check out all these Instagram accounts for even more amazing images from around Maine.

Want help planning? Check out my in-depth responsible travel guide to western Maine for some great places to stay, eat, and things to do year round.

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One day ahead of the 100th anniversary of the @nationalparkservice, President Obama designated Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, an 87,500-acre parcel of mountains, rivers, and forests abutting the eastern edge of Baxter State Park. The land was donated by Burt’s Bees founder Roxanne Quimby, who has advocated for years to establish the site as a national park. President Obama’s executive action, allowed under the Antiquities Act, adds the unit to the National Park Service as a national monument, bypassing the need for Congress to authorize a new national park. Photograph: Probably best to portage: the majestic Grand Pitch on the East Branch of the Penobscot River — by @littleoutdoorgiants #Mainelife — with @nrcmenvironment. See more stunning video/pics featured on our website now.

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HIDDEN MAINE #1: Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary Photographed by @benjaminmwilliamson #Mainelife #mountain #view #wilderness #fishing At the southern end of the 100-Mile Wilderness is a rare mature forest, 1,639 acres uncut since the late 19th century, blanketing the slopes of Borestone Mountain. It’s the Maine Audubon Society’s largest and least-known preserve. Originally the rustic camp of a wealthy California family, the remote property has three stunning alpine ponds and a handful of turn-of-the-century lodges available for rent. Don’t Miss Peaks-Kenny State Park (401 State Park Rd., Dover-Foxcroft; 207-564-2003), on Sebec Lake, is known for its sand beach and gorgeous mountain views, as well as excellent salmon and trout fishing. Pitch a tent and spend the night or head over to The Inn (5 E. Main St., Dover-Foxcroft; 207-805-8839), which caters to tenderfoots with six luxurious guest rooms in an elegantly renovated mill complex alongside the Piscataquis River. In the same building is a café serving panini, soups, and Maine craft beers. ► Just north of Monson village, turn right onto Elliotsville Rd. After 8 miles, turn left after the bridge onto Bodfish Rd. Parking area is .7 miles on the left, after the railroad tracks. The gate and trailhead are on the right. Sanctuary: 207-631-4050, June–Sept.; 207-781-2330, Oct.–May.

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HIDDEN MAINE #4: Little Wilson Falls and Gorge Photographed by @benjaminmwilliamson #Mainelife #waterfall #gorge #pool #appalachiantrail #hike #trout Just west of Borestone Mountain, Little Wilson Stream tumbles over a mile-long series of falls and pools. At one end is the lower falls, where picnickers settle on the sun-warmed slate ledges and watch their children slide like otters down a moss-lined chute into a pool deep enough for swimming. At the other end is the big attraction — and a favorite stop for Appalachian Trail hikers: the upper falls, which plunge nearly 40 feet into a long, deep, and narrow canyon. Along the way are several small falls and rapids and a few pools where anglers cast for trout. Don’t Miss:Part natural history museum, part home store, part joke shop, Kamp Kamp Moosehead Lake Indian Store (3 Lily Bay Rd., Greenville; 207-695-0789) is the wackiest, most marvelous store in the North Woods. Curiosities include a taxidermy mount of a road-killed doe’s stillborn fawn. Lakeshore House (9 Tenny Hill Rd., Monson; 207-997-7069), on Lake Hebron in Monson, is an inn and restaurant catering to families, AT thru-hikers, and sportsmen. The living room is stocked with games, puzzles, and toys. The restaurant, which serves yummy pub-style meals, sums up the vibe on its menu: “If you’re in a hurry, this is not the place to be.” ► Just north of Monson village, turn right onto Elliotsville Rd. and follow it about 7.5 miles. Turn left onto the gravel road opposite the turnout for Big Wilson Falls (also worth a visit) and drive .8 miles to the Maine Forest Service camping area and the lower falls. The access trail to the upper falls begins above the campground.

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Which of these would you most like to visit?

Planning a vacation to Maine? Check out these 21 gorgeous photos of scenery in western Maine for some inspiration! @roamtheamericas


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