Visitor Guide - Northern Maine's Aroostook County A Northern Experience | Page 2

Each season brings new magic to the four regions in Aroostook County , the largest county east of the Mississippi . “ The County ,” as we like to call it , is so vast a place it cannot be contained in the pictures and words of these pages . We hope this guide will inspire you to create unforgettable adventures on our well-tended trail systems and pristine waterways and to enjoy the brilliant colors of summer potato blossoms , the �aming foliage of fall , and our unforgettable night skies .
Southern Aroostook
Travel north , and you will arrive in a place where the forests and �elds collide in a contrasting landscape . Motorists are amazed by views of Maine ’ s highest peak , Mount Katahdin , that appears at the crest of every hill – the Million Dollar View Scenic Byway in Weston captures the massive landscape .
The area is a summer destination for bass �shing , canoeing , and camping – but the towns are best known for locally-owned shops and lively summer festivals such as the Houlton Agricultural Fair , Rail Fan Day , and the Black�y Brewfest .
Central Aroostook
The big sky of The County unfolds above a sea of blossoming farmland that rolls as far as the eye can see . Deemed the Hub of Aroostook , this shopping and service center features the Presque Isle International Airport , universities , hospitals , fun dining , and signature events such as the Northern Maine Fair , Thursdays on Sweden Street , the Potato Blossom Festival , and the Crown of Maine Balloon Fest .
Situated in the center of Aroostook ’ s vast trail network , ATV riders will navigate through �elds of summer potato blossoms with hues ranging from white , pink , lavender , and purple ; different varieties of potatoes have different colored blossoms .
Here you will �nd Maine ’ s oldest state park , Aroostook State Park , and the longest vertical ski drop in Northern Maine at historic Bigrock Mountain .
St . John Valley
Following your compass north , you arrive on the St . John Valley / Fish River National Scenic Byway . The roadway winds along the edge of the historic St . John River , de�ning the border between the U . S . and Canada . The scenery is breathtaking and the people are delightful . Historical landmarks illustrating the area ’ s Franco-American heritage invite visitors to stop and learn about the region ’ s rich culture . The winter season shines in the Valley with the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race and miles of groomed ski trails at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center .
North Maine Woods
A wild place where visitors discover remote adventures , the North Maine Woods is 3.5 million acres of commercial forest land encompassing the legendary St . John River and Allagash Wilderness Waterway . Nearby , the Fish River Lakes region is known for centuries-old sporting camps nestled on the water ’ s edge . The North Maine Woods has attracted storied sportsmen for generations . ti
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