Encompassing more than 5,000 square miles, the Kennebec Valley runs from the northern to the southern region of Maine and is best known for its physical beauty and wealth of outdoor activities. The Kennebec River is 170 miles long and has become a popular destination for whitewater rafting, fishing, and bird watching. The Dead River boasts the longest stretch of rapids for rafting enthusiasts and is home to the Big Poplar Falls.
Head to this region to go on a moose safari, head off on a hunting adventure, or go hiking and biking around the Appalachian Trail. Explore the towns of Augusta and Waterville around the valley and don’t miss the free waterfront concert lineup in August during the summer. Augusta is also a popular destination for arts and culture, the place to see the works of famous artists and visit the Maine State Museum, Colby College of Arts and the Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center.
Big Mount Spencer in Maine's Kennebec Valley
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Enjoy historic sightseeing tours and nature discovery excursions in this part of Maine. A trip to the Gardiner to Augusta Corridor will take you to Old Fort Western while a tour of the Capitol area and Downtown Augusta will give you a taste of Maine history. Drive along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway to see the Scenic Lookouts.
Many famous farms of Maine are located in this region and are open to the public for tours and seasonal festivals. Enjoy the arts by visiting The Colby Museum of Art or catch a show at the Waterville Opera House. Spend an afternoon visiting the Maine State Museum inside the State Capitol Complex and explore the historic capitol building during your tour.
Be sure to bring your clubs for some awe-inspiring views of the vistas at area golf courses. Play the 36 holes of golf at Natanis or settle in for a few rounds at the historic Lakewood Course. If mini-golf is more up your alley, head to Gifford’s Waterville for a game and enjoy some famous Gifford’s Ice Cream while you’re there.
The scenic forests and trails around this region transform into a winter sports-lovers paradise during the cooler months so you’ll have every excuse to break out some skins or go snowboarding for an afternoon. The upper regions are home to several miles of trails that are ideal for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding.