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

Dysart's Sno-X 2019 at Speedway 95 - Sat, Jan 26th, 9:00am to 4:00pm - Bangor
Maine High School Basketball Tournament - Fri, Feb 15th, 12:00pm to Sat, Feb 23rd, 12:00pm - Bangor
2019 UMaine Woodsmen Team Home Meet - Sat, Feb 16th, 8:00am to 4:00pm - Orono
3rd Annual Essex Woods Fat Bike Race - 2019 - Sun, Mar 3rd, 9:00am to 12:00pm - Bangor
Bridge the Gap - Sat, Apr 6th, 10:00am to 2:00pm - Prospect Harbor
53rd Annual Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race - Sat, Apr 20th, 6:00am to 4:00pm - Bangor
Epic Sports Rabbit Run - Sat, Apr 27th, 8:30am to 2:00pm - Bangor
The Healthy High 5k & 10k - Sat, Apr 27th, 9:00am to 2:00pm - Orono
MS Walk Brewer - Sat, Apr 27th, 10:00am to 12:00pm - Brewer
MS Walk Brewer - Sat, Apr 27th, 10:00am to 12:00pm - Brewer
Rock My Socks Bangor 5k - Sat, Jun 1st, 8:00am to 11:00am - Bangor
GIRLS ON THE RUN MAINE - BANGOR 5K - Sun, Jun 9th, 8:30am to 1:00pm - Bangor
Wicked Muddy Mainer - Sat, Jul 13th, 8:00am to 8:00pm - Orrington
Step Forward 5K Challenge - Sat, Aug 3rd, 7:30am to 1:00pm - Old Town
MCCP Walk 2019 - Rumford - Sat, Sep 21st, 8:00am to 11:00am - Rumford
Pound The Pavement 5K Color Fun Run/Walk 2019 - Sat, Oct 12th, 8:00am to 11:00am - Bangor
The Commons at Central Hall GLOW RUN 5k - Sat, Oct 26th, 6:00pm to 7:30pm - Dover Foxcroft
Dry-Land Biathlon at Roberts Farm - Sun, Nov 10th, 11:00am to 1:00pm - Norway
2019 Millinocket Marathon & Half - Sat, Dec 7th, 10:00am to 6:00pm - Millinocket
Maine Basketball Hall of Fame Classic - Fri, Dec 27th, 9:30am to Sat, Dec 28th, 10:00pm - Bangor