The Route 11 corridor defines the western boundary of civilization in the County. As you travel north from Patten to the St. John Valley you will understand what a sea of trees looks like as the forest extends as far as the eye can see. The towns along this route are all tied economically to the pulp and paper industries, the railroads and outdoor recreation and sports. Watching for wildlife takes on a whole new meaning, as it seems the entire route is a deer or moose crossing. The towns of Patten and Ashland have two wonderful lumberman's museums to experience and don't forget to stop along the way for hearty meal and some great conversation.
The North Maine Woods, primarily located west of Route 11, is a region that encompasses more than 3.5 million acres of forested timberland. Within its boundaries are the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Debouille Public Reserved Land, and the headwaters of the St. John River, among many other natural wonders.
The North Maine Woods is a great place for wilderness adventures. Fishing, hunting, hiking, and camping are enjoyed by many each year in the vast reaches of this area. Experience scenic waterfalls, enclaves of old growth forest, ice caves and many species of wildlife. The area is accessible from a variety of maintained checkpoints, and usage fees, as well as rules and regulations apply. The North Maine Woods is also the name of the organization of landowners who own and maintain much of the land they harvest trees from for paper and lumber. Click here for more information about the North Maine Woods.