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Description - Over 600 acres encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, offer a unique opportunity to study the geologic history of the area. The beautiful north woods with its wide variety of birds and mammals and several hiking trails make this an ideal location as a starting point for discovering the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec.

Attractions - In 1938, interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State with the hope of creating Maine's first state park. This hope became reality in 1939, with the creation of Aroostook State Park. Subsequent donations increased the park to its present size of over 600 acres. Encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, the park provides year-round recreational activities. Rising abruptly from the surrounding farmlands, the most prominent feature of Aroostook State Park is Quaggy Jo Mountain. Uplifted by folding of the earth's crust, weathered and shaped by glaciation through time. Quaggy Jo offers a unique chance to study our geologic past. The underlying limestone formations mark the presence of an ancient sea, and the mountain's outer layer of volcanic rock suggests a later lava flow of an unknown origin. Quaggy Jo is the shortened form of its Indian name "QuaQuaJo". A popular translation for QuaQuaJo is "twin peaked".

The park's natural areas are typical of northern Maine. Its forest consists mainly of a mixture of spruce, fir, beech and maple along with younger stands of poplar, birch and other hardwoods. In the park's low swampy areas, dense stands of cedar can be found.

A wide variety of birds and mammals live within the park. While squirrels and chipmunks are most frequently seen, fox, deer, moose and bear also call the park home. Birds of all types are found here, too, including hawks, owls and woodpeckers.

Recreation - Three hiking trails from .75 mile to 1.25 miles in length offer an opportunity to see beautiful upland hardwoods and conifers along with the opportunity of viewing spectacular wildlife. Camping, swimming, boating and fishing are available during the warmer months. Groomed cross-country ski trails and snowmobile trails are open during the winter.

Climate - Aroostook County Region is Maine's coldest region. Winter outdoor enthusiasts will find daytime temperatures in the northern area averaging below 10 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius). In the southern area they will find winter temperatures averaging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). Summer brings cool, bright days with temperatures in the northern area averaging below 65 degrees Fahrenheit (below 18 Celsius) and in the southern area, averaging around 66 (19 Celsius). The region varies with the amount of precipitation it receives. The coastal areas tend to have greater precipitation while the inland areas receive the highest annual snowfall. Aroostook County Region expects less than 38 inches (less than 97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - The park is located off US 1 approximately 5 miles south of Presque Isle.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round. (NOTE: Some facilities are open May 15 through October 15..)


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Filed By: Jim (Augusta, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Hiked the trail to North Peak on a weekday in mid-April; this trail longer but less steep than trail to South Peak (one can also hike between them). I didn't see anyone else there besides the ranger the whole time. Saw robins, crows and woodpeckers; also saw moose scat in several places on trail, so be on lookout! Trail's steepest part is at very beginning. Trail wide, well maintained. Portions of lower 2/3s were pretty muddy but easily passable; ice still melting in a few places. Trickiest part were the frost heaves in the soil that gave way under one's feet. Trail signage excellent in places but lacking in others; be sure to get a trail map from the ranger (also avl. in a mailbox at trailhead). Signage oddly more detailed on way down than on the way up. Very enjoyable hike with mixture of trees. Nice view of Presque Isle and Mt. Katahdin from the top is a fine reward. Day admission to the park is a bargain at $1.50.

Filed By: Katie (CAribou, Me)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: I had a wonderful time. My class and i went together. A great place to go is South peak where thers a great view. Also a good lunch stop is echo Lake.


More Information

Contact Information:
Aroostook State Park, 87 State Park Road , Preaque Isle, ME, 04769, Phone: 207-768-8341

Additional Information:
Aroostook County Region - Aroostook County is referred to as "The County" by locals since it is the largest county in the state. Its vast wilderness, countless streams and potato fields exude an undeveloped aura rarely seen today.
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.

Links:
Aroostook State Park - Official agency Website

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