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MAINE BIRDING TRAIL

Best Nests - Kennebec and Moose River Valley

Birder Friendly Accommodations

Attean Lake Lodge Attean Lake Lodge - Jackman.
Jackman is the last stop before Canada, nestled at the far northern end of the Kennebec and Moose River Valley corridor. It is a land of lakes, streams, working forest, and moose. If it were possible to gather the entire wilderness experience into one place, it would have a name: Attean Lake Lodge. The lodge and cabins rest on an island accessible only by boat. The pristine lake is renowned for paddling and fishing. The surrounding forest is home to the boreal birds that characterize northern Maine. Over the years, guests have urged that the cabins remain rustic, relying on kerosene heaters and gas lights. The lodge is thoroughly modern, with a dining room that satisfies an appetite built up from a great day of birding.

Fairfield Inn and Suites Fairfield Inn and Suites - Augusta.
A right turn leads quickly to the Augusta Civic Center nearby, which is a big plus for anyone attending an event there. But by turning left, birders quickly find themselves in the Belgrade Lakes area. This combination of quiet lakes and mountains is an oasis of great birding. Black Terns and Virginia Rails nest on Messalonskee Lake within 15 minutes of the inn. The hardwood forests of the Kennebec Highlands are just a few minutes beyond. The easy trails that ascend these hills are alive with summer songbirds. The profusion of warblers, grosbeaks, and tanagers is impressive even in a state that boasts of such abundance. Certified: Environmental Leader.

Hampton Hampton Inn - Augusta.
Brand new, thoroughly modern, terrifically convenient - The Hampton Inn is just minutes from Maine's Capital Building and State Offices for birders who have business in town, but it is also near the highway for a quick dash to the area's great birding sites. Birders on the go will appreciate the free Hampton On the Run Breakfast Bags, getting them out the door while the birds are still singing in the morning. This inn can even provide a birding guide to the area to make it easier to slip off to locations such as The Kennebec River Trail, Viles Arboretum, Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area, and The Kennebec Highlands.

Maple Hill B and B Maple Hill Farm - Hallowell.
Powered by wind and sun, this extraordinary inn was Maine's first certified Environmental Leader. The fields are left to grow through summer, providing habitat for a host of Bobolinks, Savannah Sparrows, and American Woodcocks. Walking trails behind the inn skirt the homes of Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and a multitude of warblers and thrushes. The Prairie Warblers at the top of the field are among the northernmost in Maine. Certified: Environmental Leader.