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

Glow 5k for Ending Hunger in Maine - Sat, Jun 17th, 7:00pm to 10:00pm - Old Town
Celebrate Husson Run for the Gold - Sat, Jun 24th, 9:15am to 12:15pm - Bangor
Hike, Bike and Boat - Sat, Jun 24th, 6:00pm to Sun, Jun 25th, 5:00pm - Greenville
Moose Run 5k - Sun, Aug 20th, 7:30pm - Dixfield
Walk to Alzheimer's Zumba Warm-Up Show - Sat, Oct 21st, 8:00am to 1:00pm - Bangor
9th Annual RKT - Sun, Nov 5th, 8:30am to 9:45am - Old Town
Epic Finale - Sun, Dec 31st, 10:00am to 12:00pm - Bangor
Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - Sat, Apr 21st, 6:30am to 5:30pm - Bangor
Rainbow Fun 5K - Sun, Jun 17th, 9:30am to 12:30pm - Orono
Bangor Area Challenge for Charities - Sat, Jun 30th, 6:30am to 2:30pm - Brewer
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame - Induction Ceremony - Sun, Aug 19th, 11:00am to 3:00pm - Bangor
Paddle & Pints Adventure - Sun, Aug 19th, 3:00pm to 7:00pm - Orono
Moosehead Fly-in 5k - Sat, Sep 8th (All day) - Greenville
Wellspring's 2018 5k Race for Recovery - Sun, Sep 16th, 10:00am to 12:30pm - Bangor
5K Foot Race - Sun, Sep 23rd (All day) - Unity
Wildlands Adventure Challange - Sat, Oct 6th (All day) - Orland
UMAINE vs VILLIANOVA UNIVERSITY - Sat, Oct 6th, 3:30pm to 7:00pm - Orono
Nor'Easter Gaming Expo - Sat, Oct 27th (All day) to Sun, Oct 28th (All day) - Brewer
Maine Forest and Logging Museum Sled Dog Races - Sun, Nov 11th, 9:00am to 12:00pm - Bradley
5k Cold Turkey Trot - Sun, Nov 18th, 10:00am to 12:00pm - Dexter