Appalachian Trail Community: Millinocket, Maine


Sunrise over Maine's 100-Mile-Wilderness ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Millinocket, Maine, has received one of the highest honors bestowed upon towns along the Appalachian Trail.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) has accepted Millinocket as an official Appalachian Trail Community(TM), joining Monson and Rangeley as Maine's three AT Communities.

Millinocket's slogan is "The Way Northern Maine Should Be." The town of 5,000 in Penobscot County is known for treating AT hikers they way they should be and they deserve this recognition. The town's name means "the land of many islands" and is derived from all the islands in the nearby Penobscot River.

As the town closest to the AT's northern terminus at Mount Katahdin in Baxter State Park, hikers headed southbound rest up before entering the 100-Mile-Wilderness. NoBo (northbound) folks on the Trail celebrate their survival as they exit the wilderness, happy that rumors of flying monkeys were false. Probably.

Appalachian Trail Communities commit to:

  • Engage community citizens, Trail visitors and stewards
  • Recognize and thank communities for their service to the Trail and hikers
  • Act as a catalyst for enhancing sustainable economic development
  • Aid local municipalities and regional areas with conservation planning
  • Help local community members see the Trail as a resource and asset

A celebration will be held on Saturday, July 6, 2013, to commemorate the designation at Veteran's Memorial Park.


  • 10:45 am Boy Scouts Color Guard
  • 11:00 am Designation Ceremony when U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-East Millinocket, Town Manager Peggy Daigle, and other town leaders, will accept the signs to be hung at both ends of town on Route 11.
  • 12:00 pm Bag Lunch & Cake
  • 1:00 pm Showing of the National Geographic A.T. Movie at the North Light Gallery. The Gallery will also host an author signing of David Little's new book, "The Art of Katahdin" and a celebration of the Gallery's "Women Painters of Katahdin."
  • 2:00 pm Interpretive Hike meeting at Abol Bridge at the start of the 100 mile wilderness

Invited Honored Guests

  • Emcee: Paul Renaud
  • Town Manager Peggy Daigle
  • Congressman Michael Michaud
  • Baxter State Park Director Jensen Bissell
  • Maine A.T. Club President Lester Kenway
  • Representative Elizabeth Schneider

"The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is proud to celebrate communities that are helping to protect and promote the Appalachian Trail," said Julie Judkins, community program manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. "These new partnerships will increase local stewardship of public lands, support community initiatives for sustainable economic development and conservation planning as well as support healthy lifestyles for community citizens."

Congratulations Millinocket!

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About the Author Robert Sutherland:
Robert Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life. Robert has two adult daughters and six grandchildren.
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