When heading north on Route 2 towards Maine’s legendary Haynesville Woods or all points west (via Route 157) including Millinocket and the state’s Katahdin Region, you’ll pass through the towns of Winn and Mattawamkeag. Mattawamkeag’s history is inextricably linked to the railroad. The European & North American Railway built up the Penobscot River valley from Bangor and reached Mattawamkeag in 1869. By October 1871 the line was completed from Mattawamkeag to Vanceboro where it connected through to Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
Mattawamkeag Wilderness Part, otherwise known as the “Jewel of the Northern Maine Forest” is located just off Route 2 on the banks of the Mattawamkeag River. This area landmark has been a destination for sports enthusiasts and families who love the great outdoors for many decades.