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Appalachian Mountain Club Wilderness Lodges

Location: Near Moosehead Lake
Region: The Maine Highlands
Activities: Boating, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Fly Fishing, Swimming

Staying at the Appalachian Mountain Club's lodges in northern Maine can be a tonic. Head to these bastions of the North Woods for some backcountry therapy. Come enjoy hearty, homemade meals, sleep in a comfy cabin, cast a fly line, paddle a canoe, hike a ridge or cannonball into an adjacent pond.

The AMC has three wilderness lodges near Moosehead Lake: Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins, Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins and Medawisla Lodge & Cabins.

The Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins opened in 1867 as a private camp and has been renovated since then. It sits on Long Pond, where canoes and kayaks are available for guests. Hikers can head out on Henderson Brook Trail or try for the summit of Third Mountain, on the Barren-Chairback Ridge. Enjoy fly fishing on Long Pond.

At Little Lyford Lodge you can fly-fish the West Branch of the Pleasant River, or hike to Laurie’s Ledge on Indian Mountain for stunning views. And you can bring your best friend – dogs are welcome at Little Lyford year-round. In summer, complimentary canoes and kayaks are available for guests to use on Little Lyford Ponds. Additional canoes are available at several remote ponds, accessible by car and a short hike.

Medawisla Lodge & Cabins is a totally rebuilt sporting camp that originally opened on the location in 1953. It’s at the confluence of Second Roach Pond and the Roach River, meaning there’s plenty of opportunities for time on the water. Canoes and kayaks are available for guests. Trails and roads linked to the lodge are perfect for trail running and mountain biking. Anglers can fly fish for wild brook trout or landlocked salmon.

Three homemade meals a day (one a trail lunch) are provided for guests at each lodge.

The summer/fall season at Maine AMC Wilderness Lodges runs until mid-October. Check here for information on reservations and the winter season.

Driving Distances:

To Gorham Chairback:

From Bangor: 68 miles
From Lewiston / Auburn: 148 miles
From Portland: 170 miles

To Medawisla:

From Bangor: 96 miles
From Lewiston / Auburn: 157 miles
From Portland: 178 miles

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