Monday, December 23, 2013

Golden Road Millinocket Maine

Telos Rd off the Golden Road Millinocket Maine
Telos Rd
No trip to Millinocket is complete without a drive down the Golden Rd. This secondary (toward the end tertiary) road goes from Millinocket to Canada. The border crossing into Canada is limited to logging trucks so don't think you're headed out on a moonshine run! There are innumerable hidden trails along the road. Nothing is marked so you really need to get directions from a local.

The Appalachian Trail crosses the Golden Road near Abol Pond.

Town names along the road are a little different to say the least. The photo above was taken in T3 R11 WELS. Translated: Township 3 Range 11 West of Easterly Line of the State.

Continuing down the road you come to Haymock Lake where you can stay at Macannamac Camps and Lodges for a real outdoors Maine experience. 

River Pond Nature Trail Millinocket
A walk in the woods at River Pond Nature Trail
 One of the trails we found along the Golden Rd. We didn't know it but you can drive your car down this road to a small parking area. We pulled in off the road and parked there. There is NO parking on the Golden Rd. Log trucks have the right of way at all times. You're just a visitor. This is a working logging road.

West Branch gorge
Just below the power house on the West Branch
Next stop was down the Power House Dam Rd. There is parking above the power house and an outhouse which can come in pretty handy after bouncing along on the Golden Rd for an hour! We wandered down a side trail where we found this gorgeous view of the gorge below the dam. Great place for a picnic lunch!

One of the trails leading to the West Branch Falls

The culmination of our drive was the Ripogenus Lake Dam. The Golden Rd continues on after this for another 50 miles or so to Canada. 

Ripogenus Dam
Below the dam

Ripogenus Dam
Gears on the Ripogenus Dam
 Stopped a few more times on the way back to Millinocket. Once to get another shot of Katahdin and again at the River Drivers Pub on Twin Pines Rd. Great ambiance and very friendly servers! We got the scoop on a few more places we have to go next time we're up this way including the bunk house where Rock's dad probably stayed back in the 40's when he worked worked in the area!


Your intrepid innkeepers

Combine this drive with a few days at Baxter State Park and you are well on your way to enjoying a small slice of the Great Maine Woods! It's a 3 hour drive from White Cedar Inn so plan to stay here a couple of days for your 'ocean' time and then head inland for your 'mountain and lakes' time. One state. We've got it all! (The desert is here in Freeport!)

White Cedar Inn Bed and Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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