The International Appalachian Trail continues to draw hikers to northern Maine, offering a tour through varied landscapes and a connection to Canada and beyond.
Trail enthusiasts celebrated some of the best of Aroostook County’s outdoors the weekend of May 7-8 at the International Appalachian Trail Maine Chapter’s annual conference in Presque Isle, sharing stories about local history and geology, visiting Mars Hill and Haystack mountains, and looking forward to the hiking season ahead.
One hiker known as Old Moose has already traveled through much of the Maine segment this spring, in a unique trip heading south from the Canadian border to Katahdin.
Created by volunteers in Maine, New Brunswick and Quebec 20 years ago, the International Appalachian Trail starts east of Baxter State Park, makes its way over more than 700 miles to Cap Gaspe, Quebec. The International Appalachian Trail’s trail network extends to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Greenland and Iceland, and then across the Atlantic to the Appalachian’s sister mountains, the Caledonians, through Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco.