Aroostook: "The County"
Northern Maine was made for outdoor enjoyment. Highlighted by a low rolling countryside, Aroostook County offers more than 2,000 lakes, streams and rivers, and plenty of opportunities for camping, hiking, biking, golfing and canoeing.
Known simply to Mainers as “The County,” it is larger in area than the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined and is dotted with rolling farmlands that produce more than 40 million bushels of potatoes each year. The region blends several distinct cultures including a strong Acadian heritage, a Swedish colony, two Native American Tribes and an Amish community. On Maine’s northern border, the St. John River valley is home to local voices that carry a Françoise lilt, and menus boast traditional offerings of ployes and pot en pol.
Outdoor enthusiasts especially love “The County” because it offers unlimited opportunities for hiking and fishing, unrivaled canoe trips and whitewater rafting during spring runoff, and some of the best cycling opportunities in the northeast.
Aroostook County has two world class venues that have hosted the IBU World Cup Biathlon, World Paralympic Nordic Championships and numerous North American Biathlon Championships. Overall, northern Maine is easily accessible and is naturally prepared to host a variety of events and spectator sports.