The Maine Highlands

Located at the very heart of the state, The Maine Highlands encompasses six distinct regions: Moosehead Lake, Katahdin, Lincoln Lakes, Sebasticook Valley, Southern Piscataquis Valley and Greater Bangor. The region boasts the longest river, tallest mountain, largest freshwater lake, and the "Grand Canyon of Maine," making it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

If you love adventures of every kind, there’s much to love in the Maine Highlands. Here you can hike Maine’s highest mountain or canoe Maine’s largest lake, visit nearby Orono, home of the University of Maine, or stop at Moosehead Lake, Maine’s largest — 40 miles long and 20 miles wide. In winter, hit the trails for a world-class snowmobiling adventure. The Penobscot River is the longest of three Maine rivers renowned for whitewater rafting and flows almost in the shadow of Mt. Katahdin. Baxter State Park is a magnificent, 200,000-acre wilderness preserve. Trails lead up mile-high Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak, and the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail.


Bangor, also known as the "Gateway to The Maine Highlands Region," is centrally located in the state and is within a 90-minute drive of Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor, Baxter State Park and the Moosehead Lake region. The Greater Bangor region offers a surprising mix of cosmopolitan experiences and old world traditions. Since 2002 through 2016, Bangor was home to Little League International's Senior League World Series. The nearby University of Maine fields major college sports teams in football, baseball, and men's and women's basketball, with the hockey teams routinely competing for national titles. The Bangor City Forest and other nearby parks, forests and waterways support a wide variety of outdoor activities including hiking, sailing, canoeing, hunting, fishing, skiing, and snowmobiling. The Bangor International Airport makes the region easily accessible by air and our proximity to major roadways makes traveling by motor coach or car simple. The Cross Insurance Center is the area's new state-of-the-art events facility with the capacity to host 2,000 convention guets with an 8,000 seat arena.

Featured Events

Annual Moosehead Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Wed, Jan 27th, 10:15am to Sun, Jan 31st, 10:15am - Greenville
2nd Annual Dysart's Paul Bunyan Snocross - Sat, Jan 30th, 9:00am to 3:00pm - Bangor
Penobscot Bay County Conservation Association's 78th Annual Sportsmen's Show - Fri, Mar 11th, 5:00pm to Sun, Mar 13th, 3:00pm - Orono
Professional Bull Riders: Blue DEF Tour - Fri, Mar 11th, 8:00pm to Sat, Mar 12th, 7:00pm - Bangor
North Woods Sledfest - Sat, Mar 12th (All day) to Sun, Mar 13th (All day) - Rockwood
2015-16 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour - Tue, Mar 15th, 7:00pm to 9:30pm - Bangor
Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - Sat, Apr 16th (All day) - Kenduskeag
The Lynx Rush - Sat, May 14th (All day) - Lincoln
Black Bear Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K - Sun, Jun 5th, 7:30am to 2:00pm - Orono
Moose Mainea 5k - Sun, Jun 12th (All day) - Greenville
Senior League World Series - Sat, Aug 6th (All day) to Sat, Aug 13th (All day) - Bangor
Insane Inflatable 5K Obstacle Course - Sat, Aug 6th, 7:00pm - Bangor
7th Annual EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge - Sat, Aug 20th (All day) - Brewer
Forrest G. Whitman Memorial Golf Tournament - Thu, Aug 25th (All day) - Greenville
Fly-in 5K - Sat, Sep 10th (All day) - Greenville
20th Annual Susan G Komen Maine Race For The Cure - Sun, Sep 18th, 7:30am to 12:00pm - Bangor
Halloween 5k Partners for World Health - Sun, Oct 30th, 4:00pm to 5:30pm - Orono
Epic 5K Finale - Bangor - Sat, Dec 31st, 10:00pm - Bangor
Children's Festival Week - Sugarloaf - Sun, Jan 8th, 11:45pm to Fri, Jan 13th, 11:45pm - Kingfield
10th Annual Healthy High 5k & 10k - Thu, Apr 20th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm - Orono