Description - The national forest and national park land located in Maine offers some of the most pristine wilderness and beautiful natural sights remaining in America. The national agencies manage homesites for hundreds of species of birds, amphibians and reptiles, countless animals and beautiful large game mammals. The forests are desolate wonders of what once covered the entire United States. Wildlife and forest management are the primary concern for these agencies with recreation trailing second. The Appalachian Trail has its terminus at Baxter State Park, Mt. Katahdin.
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Southwest Harbor, Maine
- White Mountain National Forest is located in the Western Maine Mountains area of the state offering a more remote recreational environment than the busy Down East Acadia National Park area.
Recreation - Acadia National Park and White Mountain National Forest offer an array of outdoor activities. White Mountain tends to have more rustic and backcountry-style amenities while Acadia tends to offer more comfortable amenities. Each offers unsurpassed scenery, fishing opportunities and hiking and biking paths. Whitewater boating and winter skiing are popular in White Mountain, while tour boating and sight seeing are more popular at Acadia.
Climate - The areas experience cold and snowy winter months. Average temperature is 10 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit ( -12 to -8 Celsius). Winter traveling requires planning ahead and being prepared for snow covered roads. Summer brings cool, pleasant breezes with temperatures averaging 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).
White Mountain National Forest is located in the Western Maine Mountains Region off SRs 103 and 5 and US 2. Acadia National Park is located in the Down East Region south of Bangor. The Appalachian Trail enters Maine from New Hampshire at Mount Carlo. It stretches across some of the trail's most rugged territory to reach its terminus on Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park.