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Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge

Do you want to explore with limited human interaction? Try the Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Caswell, Maine. This location has five miles of maintained trails for you to get away. You are likely to see evidence of moose, black bears, and white-tail deer along with smaller mammals. Along with its posted trails, ANWR overs visitors the ability to hike off trail- be sure you are able to navigate with a compass. It is easy to get lost in these woods and cellphone coverage is not guaranteed.

ANWR is located on the former Loring AFB and is comprised of 7,750 acres of mostly forest. In addition to hiking, there are opportunities for cross-country skiing, bird watching, and kayaking/ canoeing. ANWR also has a 3 mile auto road route for visitors. ANWR is only open during daylight hours. Please contact the Refuge HQ for permits on other activities.

Getting there: To access the visitor center from the south. Follow Route 1 North from Presque Isle for about 20 miles into Caribou ME. Stay straight to continue onto ME 89. Follow for 7mi and turn left onto Commerce Center Rd. In 2.5mi turn right onto Refuge Rd. ANWR will be on your right.

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