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Fort Kent

Fort Kent blockhouse, a National Historic Landmark.

Fort Kent blockhouse, a National Historic Landmark.


Fort Kent, located at the top of Maine, is your gateway to the North Maine Woods—and the place where you can watch mushers compete for a spot in the Alaskan Iditarod Race.


The North Woods is the largest territory of undeveloped land east of the Mississippi River, covering approximately 3.5 million acres. You'll find recreational opportunities here year-round, including hiking in the woods or canoeing, kayaking or fishing along the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the St. John River, or the Fish River Chain of Lakes.

Festivals and Events

In the winter, you can watch the Can Am Crown 250 Sled Dog Race, a qualifier for the Alaskan Iditarod Race, which takes off from Main Street. In the summer, you can attend The Ploye Festival (a ploye is a type of pancake) and the International Muskie Derby. Fort Kent has also served as the host site for two World Cup Biathlon competitions.


Fort Kent grew as a logging town. You can still visit the first building that was erected in this town—The Blockhouse, named after Governor Edward Kent. You'll also find the influences of the many cultures that settled here in the past—for example, French is still the secondary language spoken by many of the residents today.