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The Bait Hole Recreation Trails near Millinocket, in the Maine Highlands, are a trail network with two loops: Bait Hole Loop (3 miles), and North Twin Dam Loop (1.5 mile). In the summer, hiking and biking are popular; in the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Disclosure: We hiked the North Twin Dam Loop, but it's bikeable for fat-wheel bikes. Hiking was our main reason for coming to this area, it's close to Baxter State Park and Mt. Katahdin at the northern end of the Appalachian Trail - whenever we're traveling and cross the Trail, we need to hike at least a portion of it. We found Millinocket to be a pleasant town, and Baxter State Park more than lives up to its description as a "Magnificent Obsession" (more below). (Detailed map and photos below.)

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Bait Hole Recreation Trails

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Location: Millinocket, ME (See map)
Distance: 4.5 miles
Surface: Gravel, dirt, grass
Nearby Points of Interest: Baxter State Park, Mt. Katahdin

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Bait Hole Recreation Trails

Trailhead to Elbow Lake

From the parking area, cross the railroad track and onto the trail, both loops run along this section, passing the Bait Hole (a pond once used to keep bait for fishing at Elbow Lake) to scenic Elbow Lake where they diverge. The Bait Hole Loop trail turns north, while the North Twin Dam Loop trail proceeds south to the dam.

Elbow Lake Return to Trailhead

From Elbow Lake, the trail proceeds to the Dam and then along the West Branch Penobscot River and through the woods before coming back to the railroad track. Follow the path to return to trailhead, re-crossing the tracks.

Wiley's Crossing

Maine's longest suspension snowmobile/ATV bridge, paralleling Route 11 and crossing over the West Branch Penobscot River. This abuts the Bait Hole Recreation Areas and we include it because we were there and liked the view.

Nearby Points of Interest

Mt. Katahdin and Baxter State Park

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Baxter State Park and Appalachian Trail

We followed a portion of the trail to Katahdin Falls, but elected not to continue over the rocks from there.

Sandy Stream Trail to Mt. Katahdin Viewpoint

Our favorite hike was on Sandy Stream Trail, leading to the Mt. Katahdin viewpoint at Big Rock on Sandy Stream Pond.

More Information and Resources

More Biking:
Bike-Maine - More bike trails and information about biking in Maine

Related Resources:
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