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Campground Listings - Kennebec & Moose River Valley

The Kennebec and Moose River Valley is best known for fertile
farmlands, countless lakes, streams and ponds, and the Kennebec River.
While all types of outdoor activities abound throughout the valley, whitewater
rafting
on many of the beautiful rivers that flow through this region is
especially important. While the Kennebec and Moose River Valley contain some
of Maine’s largest cities – Waterville, Skowhegan and Maine’s capitol
city, Augusta - it is best known for its rolling countryside and quiet,
old-fashioned villages that define the Winthrop, China and Belgrade Lakes area
and others to the north.

Families
are especially attracted to this region because of the many opportunities
to boat, fish, canoe, hike or bike. Sightseeing is
also a favorite activity on most people’s agenda, as are antique
hunting
and shopping at the numerous vegetable stands and
garage sales found on many of the area’s back roads.

While the northern portion
of this extensive region is less populated, it is certainly no less attractive.
It features magnificent large tracts of open space, spectacular scenic
views
and more than an occasional glimpse of Maine’s wildlife.

Of
course, state fairs are a staple of this entire region and none is bigger
than the Skowhegan State Fair in August. It is the oldest continuously operating
state fair in the country.
History also plays an important role in the
Kennebec and Moose River Valley. For instance, Maine’s capitol city – Augusta
- while the second smallest in the United States (only Montpelier, Vermont,
has fewer residents) – offers tours of several museums, historic homes and the
old Fort Western, the oldest surviving wooden fort in New England.

Speaking
of history, Gardiner and Hallowell are quaint river towns
considered antique centers. Both feature historic downtowns
that remind visitors of a by gone era and invite them to sample
several interesting restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
In addition, a major roadway – Route 201
- follows the trail Benedict Arnold took during his march to Quebec in 1775.
A beautiful ride, especially during the late summer and early fall, Route 201,
The Kennebec-Chaudiere International Corridor, will take you to the northern
portion of this region, which is mostly owned by the paper companies that manage
Maine’s huge forest industry. Paper and pulp is the state’s largest industry,
and it’s easy to understand when you realize trees cover 90 percent of Maine.

Once there, you’ll discover The Forks, a major outdoor and whitewater
rafting area lying at the confluence of the Dead River from the
west and the Kennebec River from the east. More than a dozen whitewater rafting
outfits are now housed in The Forks. Near the Forks is Moxie Falls, one
of Maine’s highest waterfalls and one of the state’s most beautiful sites.
Route 201 then pushes north to the Canadian border at Jackman - a fourseason
recreational area heavily involved in whitewater rafting, rock climbing,
hiking and mountain biking.

Region Information provided by The Maine Campground Owners Association