There's always something new to learn at Old Fort Western!Protecting, preserving and interpreting the 1754 National Historic Landmark fort, store and house on the Kennebec River in Augusta, Maine.We were more than a fort in the 18th century... Old Fort Western, built in 1754 and a National Historic Landmark, is Maine's and New England's oldest surviving wooden fort - a reminder of the great contest of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago. James Howard's Company garrisoned the Fort and guarded the head of navigation on the Kennebec in the 1750s and 60s. Benedict Arnold used the Fortsite as a staging point for his assault on Quebec during the American Revolution. Our collections and exhibits put you in mind of those historic times.Whether its fort, store or house, there's a lot to learn at Old Fort Western!
"Hallowell is an experience". All will agree that Hallowell offers a wide array of sites, shops, history, food, nature, work, play and people. Explore Water Street, lined with galleries, antique shops, fine restaurants and service businesses, blends into exquisite historic houses and beyond to beautiful country hiking trails and waterfalls. Hallowell is just 12 miles away.
Freeport is home of LL Bean and many other well known shops and outlets. Well known for its outlet shopping, the town is rich also in beauty, history, and recreational opportunities. A shopper's haven located only 27 miles away.
Located just 34 miles from the campground is this popular resort town tucked in around a picturesque harbor, Boothbay Harbor retains the look of an old-fashioned seaport. Whale-watching excursions, puffin cruises and deep-sea-fishing charters all depart from the harbor. There are many shopping opportunities and a number of scenic vistas to capture on film.
Just 20 miles from the campground you will be able to come aboard restored vintage rail cars for a carefree journey through the spectacular scenery of mid-coast Maine, between Brunswick and Rockland. You'll experience charming seaside villages, picturesque sailboats, lobster fishermen working their traps on the bay, tidewater wildlife and in autumn, magnificent foliage. Service operates Wednesday through Sunday. For additional information, visit their website at www.maineeasternrailroad.com
Experience Maine's rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River at Maine Maritime Museum. From watercraft and lobstering, to shipbuilding and sea trade, you'll hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands, see how a shipbuilder's family lived in the 1890s, smell the sawdust from historic ship timbers, and discover the wonders and mysteries of Maine's maritime culture. It is just 23 miles from the campground. For additional information, visit their website at www.mainemaritimemuseum.org .
Go visit "The Softest Farm in Maine", dedicated to providing their visitors with a memorable, educational and relaxing experience. The Alpacas are located 22 miles from the campground. For additional information, visit their website at www.wintersgone.com .
The Maine Wildlife Park in Gray is a great place to view and learn more about wildlife. The 200-acre park has moose, black bear, lynx, mountain lions, wild turkeys, bald eagles, owls, a show fish pool and more on display. The Maine Wildlife Park is located just 44 miles from the campground. For additional information, visit their website at www.maine.gov/ifw/education/wildlifepark/index.htm .
At the end of the 23 mile trip you will find Maine's Wiscasset, Waterville, and Farmington Railway, a two-foot gauge common carrier railroad that operated from 1894 until 1933. The line ran from Wiscasset in the south, to Albion and Winslow in the north, never making it to either Waterville or Farmington. The Museum is located at the site of the old Sheepscot station in Alna, with mainline track running north from Cross Road, on the original roadbed. Open most weekends. For additional information, visit their website at www.wwfry.org .
The Owls Head Transportation Museum exhibits and operates a large collection of pioneer-era aircraft, antique automobiles, engines, bicycles, carriages and motorcycles. Flights of pioneer aircraft most summer weekends, weather permitting. There are special events throughout the year. The museum is located 55 miles from the campground. For additional information, visit their website at www.ohtm.org .
Rising above crashing surf and spectacular rock formations, the Pemaquid Lighthouse is a cultural and historical treasure. Each year, about 100,000 visitors come to explore the park grounds, take in the panoramic view of the Atlantic and marvel at one of the state's best known icons. It is so honored that, in 2003, Maine citizens voted to use its likeness to represent them on the state quarter. Found 36 miles from the campground.
Swine and Stein Oktoberfest
EVENT INFO: When: October 13, 11:30 a.m. through 6:30 p.m.Where: Gardiner's Water Street and surrounding areas.Cost: $15 (includes 3 5oz beer samples) or $10 (no beer) for admission to beer and music garden. Discount advance tickets avaialable. Children 12 and under admitted free.Contact: Have more questions? Ask them at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-582-3100.Band Lineup: 11:30a – Justin Walton, 12:45p – North of Nashville, 2p – The German Oktoberfest Band, 3:15p –Poke Chop and the Other White Meats, 4:30p -The German Oktoberfest Band, 5:30p – Anna and The Diggs. Important: This event is Rain or Shine. This is a family-friendly festival, all ages are welcome, only those 21+ carrying a valid ID will be able to drink.
Owls Head Transportation Museum - Exhibits and operates a large collection of pioneer-era aircraft antique automobiles, engines, bicycles, Carriages and motorcycles. Flights of pioneer aircraft most summer weekends, weather permitting.
Old Fort Western - is a National Historic Landmark. A reminder of the great contest of cultures that dominated New England life 250 years ago. www.oldfortwestern.org
Maine State Museum - Explore Maine history and environment In one great place. Admission is just $2 and if you show us your receipt when you return to the campground you get a free drink!
LL Bean Flagship Store (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) - Hunting & Fishing Gear and Apparel; Luggage & Travel, Furniture and Home Furnishings.
Outlet Mall - Local and International brands you know and trust
This popular resort town tucked in around a picturesque harbor retains the look of an old-fashioned seaport. There are many opportunities for whale watching excursions, puffin cruises deep sea-fishing charters.
Boothbay Railway Village and Thomas & Friends Day Out are lots of fun.
Maine Maritime Museum - Experience Maine's rich seafaring history on the banks of the Kennebec River. Showing watercraft and lobstering to shipbuilding and sea trade, you'll hear stories about dangerous voyages to distant lands and how a shipbuilder's family lived in the 1890's.
Wiscasset Railway Museum - A two-foot gauge common carrier railroad that operated from 1894-1933. The museum is located at the site of the old Sheepscot station in Alna. With mainline track running north from Cross Road, on the original roadbed. Open most weekends.www.wwfry.orgMonkey See Monkey Do - Maine's first high-flying family adventure park and zip lines. Navigate through more than 30 obstacles from 12 to 50 feet in the air then zoom along one of the zip lines or take a leap of faith on our giant swing.
Antique Shops as well as a wide array of sites, shops, history, food, nature, work and play and people. Galleries, Antique shops, and fine restaurants. Historic houses and beyond to beautiful country hiking trails and waterfalls.
Are you interested in enjoying time on the water while you learn your way around Casco Bay, about local history, doing a bit of lobstering and see all kinds of seals, bald eagles, and maybe porpoises and whales? Then, Captain Tom Ring and his 40' converted lobster boat are just the ticket!
Do you like to get outdoors to walk, bicycle, run or in-line skate?Then join us on the trail!The 6.5 mile Kennebec River Rail Trail welcomes locals and visitors alike for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and dog walking. The trail parallels the existing rail bed along the Kennebec River, and stretches from Augusta Maine's Waterfront Park, through the towns of Hallowell and Farmingdale, to its conclusion in the city of Gardiner, Maine.The Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail was formed as a non-profit in 1996 to assist in the construction, maintenance and promotion of the 6.5 mile long rail trail from Augusta to Gardiner Maine. As a non-profit, the Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail relies on its members for financial support and volunteering to assist in the maintenance of the trail as well as financial contributions from business and foundations.We welcome your support, both financial gifts and donations of time for doing volunteer work on the trail. For more information, please contact us at:Friends of the Kennebec River Rail Trail
PO Box 2195
Augusta, ME 04338
Memeber of the East Coast Greenway
From Augusta to Gardiner Maine