August 23, 2019
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Thousands finding their way into the heart of Maine to visit the national monument

Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Aislinn Sarnacki | BDN
Large granite boulders scattered throughout the Wassataquoik Stream at Orin Falls makes for a stunning scene in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in this Aug. 10, 2017, file photo.

As motorists stack up at Maine’s century-old Acadia National Park, visitorship to the state’s fledgling Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument — just turning three — is nowhere near as fierce, but it’s growing.

“So, it’s been, I think, fairly constant,” Superintendent Tim Hudson said. “We’ve been picking up, you know, 6, 7 percent a year.”

While highway signs directing visitors toward the park still haven’t been put up, Hudson said more than 18,000 visitors found Katahdin Woods and Waters last summer, hailing from 45 states and nine countries. Hudson said this year also appears to be steady.

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It’s less clear how many snowmobilers have been using the trails for the three-month riding season that starts each January. Hudson said this winter the park plans to install counting equipment, but he said initial estimates using other metrics are encouraging.

“We talk to people who rent, and where people stay,” he said. “I think we’re going to be right in the 10,000 to 15,000 range.”

Hudson said the Katahdin Woods and Waters highway signs should be up “before the snow flies.”

This article appears through a media partnership with Maine Public.

Related: Orin Falls in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument

 



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