It's an old Maine saying: "If you can't take the winters, you don't deserve the summers." But the rewards come all year around for guests of this cozy North Woods retreat at the fringes of Maine's "100-Mile Wilderness". Its unique location along a picturesque stretch of Big Wilson Stream - in an area crisscrossed by trail systems for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking - makes it a Mecca for outdoor enthusiasts no matter the season.
One need only step out the door for a fall foliage hike or winter snowshoe trek to Little Wilson Falls - one of the region's lesser-known but most spectacular scenic landmarks, only a vigorous morning's hike away on the Appalachian Trail. Also nearby are the breathtaking views from atop the 2,000-foot twin peaks of the Borestone Mountain nature preserve, offering up a 360-degree panorama stretching from Sebec Lake to Squaw Mountain and beyond. If groomed cross-country trails are more to your liking, you're just a five-minute ride up Elliotsville Road from A Fierce Chase, one of Maine's premier trail systems, where rentals and lessons are also available.
For the snowmobile enthusiast, a network of trails maintained by the Narrow Gauge Riders snowmobile club, based in Monson, wind through the wilderness, with one passing right by the cabin on its way to nearby Big Greenwood Pond and Lake Onawa. The trails of other clubs intersect, giving you access to the entire Moosehead Lake region.
When you're done "roughing it" for the day, come home to the warm embrace of a solidly built and comfortably outfitted log home with all the charm and appeal of the land it inhabits. Built in fall/winter of 2003-'04, it boasts a country kitchen / great room with a hearth & wood stove, soaring ceilings, and 180-degree views of the gently sloping north woods. By night, snuggle down into one of the two main-floor bedrooms, or the sleeping loft. Even with the windows shut up tight for the winter, you'll be lulled to sleep by the ever-present song of rushing whitewater. With 25 acres of elbow room and 2,500 feet of river frontage, it'll feel like you have the North Woods all to yourselves. The cabin sleeps six guests comfortably, but accommodations can be made for up to eight.
For an occasional fix of north woods hospitality or to restock your provisions, there are eateries and camp stores in nearby Monson (8 miles, via winding Elliotsville Road) and Greenville (15 miles north of Monson on Route 6/15). Keep an eye out along the way, especially passing by boggy areas. You are in Moose Country!
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