The Maine Highlands
Located at the very heart of the state, The Maine Highlands encompasses six distinct regions: Moosehead Lake, Katahdin, Lincoln Lakes, Sebasticook Valley, Southern Piscataquis Valley and Greater Bangor. The region boasts the longest river, tallest mountain, largest freshwater lake, and the "Grand Canyon of Maine," making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.
If you love adventures of every kind, there’s much to love in the Maine Highlands. Here you can hike Maine’s highest mountain or canoe Maine’s largest lake, visit nearby Orono, home of the University of Maine, or stop at Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest — 40 miles long and 20 miles wide. In winter, hit the trails for a world-class snowmobiling adventure. The Penobscot River is the longest of three Maine rivers renowned for whitewater rafting and flows almost in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin. Baxter State Park is a magnificent, 200,000-acre wilderness preserve. Trails lead up mile-high Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.
Bangor, also known as the "Gateway to The Maine Highlands Region," is centrally located in the state and is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State Park and the Moosehead Lake region. The Greater Bangor region offers a surprising mix of cosmopolitan experiences and old world traditions. Since 2002 through 2016, Bangor was home to Little League International's Senior League World Series. The nearby University of Maine fields major college sports teams in football, baseball, and men's and women's basketball, with the hockey teams routinely competing for national titles. The Bangor City Forest and other nearby parks, forests and waterways support a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, canoeing, hunting, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling. The Bangor International Airport makes the region easily accessible by air and our proximity to major roadways makes traveling by motor coach or car simple. The Cross Insurance Center is the area's new state-of-the-art events facility with the capacity to host 2,000 convention guets with an 8,000 seat arena.