Stratton-Eustis, Maine

Imagine, if you will, a small community tucked into a bay on the western end of a vast lake. Rimming the lake’s southern shore is a striking, inviting mountain ridgeline that beckons hikers to explore. Beneath the lake’s surface is a flood of history, that can be skimmed by boaters of all stripes, and absorbed via a thoughtfully created map guide. Traversing the eastern end of the lake is the Northeasts premier hut system, providing rustic elegance for paddlers, hikers, skiers, and bikers. This is Stratton-Eustis on the shores of Flagstaff Lake, a dammed section of the Dead River, defined by the Bigelow Range. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail, the Appalachian Trail, the Benedict Arnold Trail, and Maine Huts and Trails all converge at this one amazing lake. Do we love it? Yup. And we know you will, too.

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