LILY BAY STATE PARK - MOOSEHEAD LAKE*
PEAKS KENNY STATE PARK - SEBEC
The Moosehead Lake area was one of the locations that students had expressed an interest in visiting. COntact may be made with the Squaw Mountain Resort...It is best to make prior contact, although it is not necessary. The cost for this trip involved a fee of $3.00 for the chairlift ride to the top of Squaw Mountain. Admission to Lily Bay State Park was free for State and Federaly funded groups, however, it might be best to investigate this for your individual group.
The Moosehead Lake area is easily reached from the Bangor area by traveling Route 15 to Corinth, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford and Greenville. From the southern part of Maine follow I-95 to the Newport-Detroit exit and then Route 7 to Dexter, Route 23 to the junction of Route 15 in Guilford. A good rest stop would be Titcomb's General Store in Abbott. You may purchase any items you may need. They also have delicious hand dipped ice cream whish is a treat for students on the return trip.
There are several activities in the Moosehead area. A visit to Mountain View Farm which is located at the base of the mountain is quite interesting. The farm is a museum consisting of several buildings, displays, logging and blacksmith equipment as well as farm equipment of yesteryear. There is no fee, however, donations are accepted. Plan to spend an hour at this site.
A second activity in which one may involve students, is the ride to the top of Squaw Mountain on the chairlift. there is a fee for the round trip chair ride. The ride affords students a breathtaking view of the vastness of Moosehead Lake. At places the chair is quite far above ground which might be taken into consideration with students are afraid of heights. The chairlift does not operate on windy days or days when weather is inclement.
One may visit Peaks Kenny State Park in Sebec for lunch prior to traveling to Squaw Mountain for the chairlift ride. Peaks Kenny is a lovely place with excellent facilities for picnicking.
Following the chairlift ride, one may travel to Lily Bay State Park for lunch and recreational activities. To reach Lily Bay State Park from Squaw Mountain, return to Greenville, turn left at the traffic light and travel approximately twenty minutes. The park is located on a lovely bay with numerous camping facilities as well as picnicking and swimming areas. There are two large grass areas for games if so desired. One may spend time as needed at this site. As mentioned above, on the return trip, a stop for ice cream at Titcomb's General Store in Abbott is always enjoyable for students.
Squaw Mountain - 3.7
Peaks Kenny State Park - 2.7
Squaw Mountain - 4.0
Peaks Kenny State Park - 3.1
*Not visited in 1980
(Excerpt from The Maine Journey Field Trip Guide, 1980, p.20-21.)