MATTAWAMKEAG WILDERNESS PARK -- MATTAWAMKEAG*
This was an enjoyable time for the students. This trip provided students the opportunity to relax and enjoy the woods of Maine. Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park is operated by Penobscot County although the land was developed and is owned by the town of Mattawamkeag. The park is Maine's only county park and offers camping and picnic facilities as well as a swimming area on the Mattawamkeag River. Arrangements can be made by contacting....
The park is reached by traveling I-95 to the Medway exit. Follow Route 157 east to Route 2 and west to Mattawamkeag. The entrance to the park is in the middle of town on Route 2 and is well marked. The park is approximately nine miles into the woods on a dirt road. Total traveling time from Bangor was approximately two hours.
While at the park we enjoyed a cookout, played horseshoes, volleyball and ping pong. The park has a very nice recreational building. Those interested in camping would find tenting, camping and lean-to sites. Students were taken on a very educational nature walk by the park rangers. The walks were one-half to one hour in length. Our total stay at the park was approximately three hours.
Although a short day for us, this was a perfect relaxing trip after nearly four weeks of long hours on the road.
* Not visited in 1980.
(Excerpt from The Maine Journey Field Trip Guide, 1980, p.32.)