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The Forks in Maine is where the Dead River and the Kennebec River meet, and this intersection of two powerful rivers has created one of the best areas for whitewater rafting in the region. Situated along the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway, The Forks is also in the heart of Maine’s premiere snowmobiling country and provides easy access to Maine’s interconnected trail system (ITS), which has hundreds of miles of well-marked trails through the wilderness, perfect for wildlife watching and enjoying the gorgeous scenery.
Things to do in The Forks
Summer or winter, The Forks is all about adventure. From thrilling whitewater rafting to gentle river floats, serene fishing or kayaking – the rivers are your playground. There are many rafting tours to choose from, whether you want the challenge of class V rapids or something for the whole family. For more than 40 years, Northern Outdoors has offered year-round activities in The Forks, including ATV riding across thousands of miles of trails. You can mountain bike or hike along the four-mile Forks Area Scenic Trail along the Kennebec River, or head to Moxie Falls, one of Maine’s highest waterfalls. This short hike is popular with families and their dogs. Snowmobiling and snowshoeing through the scenic valleys and mountains are a delight.
Where to Stay in The Forks
The Kennebec Valley has a plethora of lodging available. Northern Outdoors has a full resort and cabins, the Inn By The River has comfy rooms and daily rafting trips, and there are plenty of campgrounds including Riverdrivers in West Forks. If you venture just north, Lake Parlin Lodge has cozy cabins lakeside. All year long, you can find a quiet place to rest your head in The Forks.
Restaurants in The Forks
After a day outdoors having fun, you need a good meal, and in The Forks, you will be well fed. The Kennebec River Brewery offers its specialty beer at Northern Outdoors’ full-service restaurant. The Inn By The River offers dining in the Riverside Pub. In West Forks, try the Hawk’s Nest Restaurant.