Visiting Our Region
In keeping in touch with its small town heritage the region offers many interesting things to see and do. You may choose to visit one of the few remaining covered bridges in Maine. Low’s Covered Bridge in Guilford on the Piscataquis River was first built in 1830. The original was swept away during The Flood of 1987 and the bridge was rebuilt in 1989. The remains of a 1840s iron factory, Katahdin Ironworks, are located in a scenic area near Brownville.
The region also boasts a series of local historical museums including the Blacksmith Shop Museum in Dover-Foxcroft and the Gristmill Museum in Dexter.
Our area also offers guests the opportunity to visit art galleries, antique shops, gift shops, and is the home of The Maine Highlands Craft Guild.
Piscataquis County offers many things to do throughout the year. In the winter you can take part in the annual Schoodic Lake ice Fishing Derby in Milo or watch the Maine Highlands State Championship Sled Dog Race in Dover-Foxcroft. In the spring, don’t miss the annual Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club Piscataquis River Canoe Race from Guilford to Dover-Foxcroft.
Dover-Foxcroft’s Homecoming Celebration and the Dover-Foxcroft and Milo Kiwanis Club Auctions are annual summer events. Dexter’s Wild West Days are exciting and a great way to enjoy a weekend in the southern part of neighboring Penobscot County.
The highlight of the summer is the annual Piscataquis Valley Fair. Held at the end of August in Dover-Foxcroft, this annual agricultural county fair is over one hundred years old and offers visitors an opportunity to attend an old-fashioned county fair complete with horse pulling, livestock judging and prize-winning jams and baked goods.
Points of Interest
When planning your next trip to Maine, be sure to take some extra time and see the sites in Southern Piscataquis County. Nature abounds in the region, and the outdoor enthusiast can find many ways to take in the refreshing scenery and behold the beauty.
Here are a few of the points of interest found in the area:
Hunting and Wildlife Watching
Hunting is an integral part of the Piscataquis heritage, as is a deep appreciation for the beauty of our furred and feathered neighbors. With most of the county deeply forested, habitat for animals of all sizes is plentiful. Visitors with a sharp eye are likely to spot moose, deer, grouse, wild turkey and many smaller species of game. A lucky few will spot our shy Maine black bear.
Anglers can’t miss with so many rivers, lakes, ponds and streams to fish. Southern Piscataquis County is swimming with the kind of year-round fishing action that anglers from elsewhere can only dream of. Coldwater species include landlocked salmon, lake trout (togue) and brook trout. Lucky anglers may also hook brown trout, rainbow trout and splake, a brook trout/rainbow hybrid.
The region’s warm water fisheries are just as tempting. Plentiful perch and sunfish make for great family fishing fun, while pickerel and an excellent smallmouth bass fishery provide tackle-busting action for anglers looking to do battle. Sebec Lake is well known for giving up some big smallmouth bass.
Visitors are still drawn to the shorelines and woodland trails that beckoned Henry David Thoreau to Southern Piscataquis County in 1850.
Campgrounds loaded with amenities are available throughout the region, as are the more rustic sites like those at Peaks-Kenny State Park on Sebec Lake. For true adventurers, primitive campsites are available at the Katahdin Irons Works and in many state-owned locations.
Tent, trailer or RV, it’s all good. There are quality camping experiences here to meet every taste and make every get-away dream come true.
Hiking and Walking
One of the best things about being such a large county is all the miles of great hiking trails winding through the land. The serious hiker will enjoy traveling to Brownville to conquer Gulf Hagas, a series of spectacular gorges and waterfalls known as the “Grand Canyon” of Maine.
The world famous Appalachian Trail passes through Monson, offering day hikers an opportunity to park along the trailhead to hike this famous trail.
The hike through the Borestone Mountain Sanctuary takes only a few hours and rewards those who reach the top with panoramic vistas of Onawa Trestle, Sebec Lake and more. Birders will love the abundance of feathered friends along the way; everyone will love the view.
For a less challenging stroll, try one of the region’s two river walks. The Guilford Memorial river walk winds along the banks of the Piscataquis River, and the Pleasant River walk in Brownville courses along the shoreline from Brownville to the Junction. Our historical downtowns are also renowned as lovely walking destinations, with quaint shops and Victorian homes lining the maple-shaded streets.
Ice Fishing - Southern Piscataquis County, with its many lakes and ponds, is a popular destination for ice fishing enthusiasts. The area plays host to many ice fishing derbies including the famous Schoodic Ice Fishing Derby in Milo in mid-February.
Cross Country Skiing - Lessons and guided tours by moonlight or during daylight hours are available at A Fierce Chase in Monson. Many local residents allow skiers to use their privately-owned trails throughout the region. Privately held lands open for public use are common throughout Piscataquis County.
Snowmobiling - Southern Piscataquis County offers snowmobilers a rare opportunity to take their families on a quiet ride through the Maine woods over miles of well groomed and largely undiscovered trails. The region’s snowmobile trails are maintained by over 15 local snowmobile clubs. Many have heated clubhouses complete with hot food and coffee to warm sledders ready to take a break from the trails before winding their way back home.