GREENVILLE, Maine — The Piscataquis County commissioners and the Nature Tourism Committee of the Piscataquis Tourism Development Authority will unveil new visitor informational kiosks at Gulf Hagas, one at the parking lot at the foot of Henderson Hill in the Katahdin Iron Works Jo-Mary Forest at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 11, the second at the Head of the Gulf entrance.
Construction of the two kiosks and development of posters with visitor information have been in progress for the last two years and are now ready for public use.
“This effort is one more step toward making Gulf Hagas a more visitor-friendly tourist destination within Piscataquis County,” says Gerry Whiting, the Nature Tourism Committee chairman.
The work at the Gulf Hagas site by the Nature Tourism Committee has been a part of the larger Governor’s Nature Tourism Initiative in Maine. Piscataquis County was chosen as one of three pilot regions to use local tourism expertise in developing infrastructure to make the area more usable from a visitor perspective.
The Piscataquis group noted the significance of the Gulf Hagas gorge in its connection with the Appalachian Trail. The need for signs and information to help visitors also was recognized.
Later this fall an interpretive sign will be installed in the same location highlighting the connection of the Gulf Hagas region to the logging heritage of Piscataquis County. This sign and eight others now in production are being made possible through financial support from the Maine Office of Tourism.
The chickadee logo signage installed last summer along highway routes was the first stage toward better identification of 14 sites that now form a nature tourism itinerary called the Great Maine Woods and Waters Tour through Piscataquis County.