"The famed Appalachian Trail crosses Maine Route 15 just a few miles north of town at what is known as The Ledges. Monson is therefore the last town that northbound hikers encounter before embarking on the One-Hundred Mile Wilderness, or the first town southbound hikers encounter after completing the One-Hundred Mile Wilderness. The 100-Mile Wilderness is a remote stretch of trail situated between Monson and Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. Hundreds of AT hikers enjoy a refreshing visit in Monson each hiking season to stock up on supplies, get a shower, enjoy a home-cooked meal, nurse a blister, and pick up their mail at the Monson Post Office. A number of facilities offer hikers a friendly and hospitable place to spend the night."
Sounds exactly like the kind of place you'd want to find near something called the One-Hundred-Mile Wilderness ... or the Five-Mile Wilderness, for that matter.
Heavenly places along the AT are being recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy through their Appalachian Trail Community(TM) program that rewards towns that protect the AT and its denizens.
The ATC website states these goals for AT Communities:
Monson, Maine, will celebrate its designation as an AT Community during its three-day SummerFest, scheduled for the weekend of July 20-23, 2012.
Grab a friend and come to glorious Monson, Maine -- Gateway to Moosehead Lake -- and join the fun.
Monson, Maine, at the southern end of the 100-Mile-Wilderness is an oasis for Appalachian Trail hikers.
Published Sep 12, 2014. Shaw's Lodging in Monson, ME, the iconic Appalachian Trail boarding house, is for sale. The cost? Only 20% of the price of a parking space in New York City.
The section of the Appalachian Trail in Maine known as the 100-mile-wilderness is desolate, but sometimes you can find a little Nectar.
Read about the most famous places on the Appalachian Trail.
Maine Appalachian Trail Club's 2015 Spring Meeting in Lewiston, ME, was a time to meet new & old friends, learn about the Trail and MATC. Enjoy these pix!
Only the most friendly and dedicated towns are appointed official Appalachian Trail Communities by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Published Jul 20, 2012.
Published Aug 10, 2015. The Davis Conservation Fund has given a $12,000 grant to the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust (MATLT) for their Redington Forest Project.
The one town on the Appalachian Trail that epitomizes what dreamers think all Trail towns look like is Monson, Maine. The ATC has opened a visitor center there.