Location: North Central Maine
Trip Starts: Nahamakanta Stream Road
Trip Ends: Nahamakanta Stream Road
Total Distance: 1.8 miles
Hike Type: In & Out, Backtrack Hike
Hike Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Light to Moderate
Trip Type: Day or Overnight Hike
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Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands
18 Elkins Lane
Augusta, ME 04333
(207) 287-3821

Nahamakanta Lake

Nahmakanta Lake is the source of Nahmakanta Stream which flows four miles to the Pemadumcook Lakes. The Appalachian Trail follows the Nahmakanta Stream and the southwest shore of Nahmakanta Lake for a few miles – passing through a designated campsite on the south shore and the Wadleigh Lean-To further north. Most of the forests around Nahmakanta have been harvested several times – including just prior to the State’s acquisition in 1990. Access to this area is via logging routes and fees are paid at a gate about an hour South prior to entry.

This area is known to thru-hikers as the 100 Mile Wilderness since it is the last 100 miles of Appalachian Trail for northbound backpackers. On this trip, we hiked to a small beach on the south shore of Nahmakanta Lake, then returned to a designated camping area with picnic tables, privies, and fire rings. There is access to this campsite for kayaks, canoes, and small boats so it is popular with locals in the summer months.

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