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Long Falls Dam Road/Flagstaff Trailhead: From Kingfield, head south on ME-16 towards North New Portland. After you cross the Carrabassett River, you'll follow ME-16 approximately 7.5 miles into North New Portland. After crossing the Gillman Stream bridge into the village you'll reach a sharp right hand turn where ME-16 continues to the right and Long Falls Dam Road branches off to the left. (There's a yellow building with an Ace Electric sign directly in front of you at the intersection.) Turn left onto Long Falls Dam Road (paved). After 22.8 miles, you'll see a blue and white Maine Huts & Trails sign. Turn left onto the gravel/dirt driveway. Trailhead parking is the left fork, with the trailhead kiosk, privy, and gear shuttle shed. 

Directions from other locations are available at the Maine Huts & Trails website.

Description

This section of the Maine Huts & Trails network along the Eastern shores of Flagstaff Lakes provides a popular place for day hikes and shorter overnights, allowing access to the lake, hut, geocaches, and beautiful rolling wooded terrain. Four trails in the network, the Shore trail, Birch trail, Access Road, and a segment of the Maine Hut Trail, provide various loop and activity options.

From the parking area kiosk, start down the connector trail to reach the Shore Trail (hiking/snowshoeing only) and Maine Hut Trail (multi-use). After about 0.25 miles there will be a 4-way intersection where the Shore Trail and trailhead connector trail meet the Maine Hut Trail. The Shore Trail follows the shoreline of Flagstaff Lake. After about 1.5 miles, a sign indicates where you can rejoin the Maine Hut Trail or continue on the Shore Trail all the way to the hut.
 
To continue on the Maine Hut Trail from the trailhead, turn right (north) to go towards Flagstaff Hut on the Maine Hut Trail. A left turn (south) will lead towards Poplar Hut. The Maine Hut Trail roughly parallels the shoreline until it nears the hut. At one point it veers away from the lake and encounters some gently rolling hills. After about 2 miles, the trail merges with the Hut Service Road. Follow the road left to Flagstaff Hut. After 0.2 miles, the Maine Hut Trail northbound to Grand Falls Hut will branch off to the right; to reach Flagstaff Hut continue following the Hut Service Road for about 0.3 miles.
 
The Birch Trail provides shoreline hiking and snowshoeing closer to the hut, forming a short loop with the Maine Hut Trail and Hut Service Road. To reach the Birch Trail, take a right out of the main entrance to Flagstaff Hut onto the Maine Hut Trail. Before reaching the Hut Service Road, the Birch Trail will branch off to the left following the lake shore and ends at the Maine Hut Trail. Take a left to follow the Maine Hut Trail northbound toward Grand Falls, and a right to loop back to the Hut Service Road and Flagstaff Hut.
 
For mountain bikers, another option to reach Flagstaff Lake and the hut is via the Hut Service Road, although the Maine Hut Trail is improved for biking.

Other Information

Maine Huts & Trails is comprised of four ‘huts’ connected by about 80 miles of trail. Each hut is open to the public year-round, offering potable water and bathrooms at no charge. There are overnight accommodations for up to 40 people, but reservations must be made in advance. During full-service season, meals are included with overnight lodging, beer, wine, and retail is available for purchase, and lunch is open to the public on Saturdays & Sundays. During self-service season, reservations are still made in advance, but guests pack in their own food and lodging is at a discounted rate. Check their website below for season dates.

The groomed primary Maine Hut Trail is marked with white diamond-shaped markers and other ungroomed side trails are marked with blue blazes. Grooming information can be found online at the Maine Huts & Trails trail conditions page. Information on hut services and lodging as well as printed maps are available at the Maine Huts & Trails office in Kingfield. Check out their website below for more detailed information.

Dogs are allowed from April 15th to November 30th. Dogs are not allowed inside the huts.

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This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Huts & Trails online for more information or contact:

Maine Huts & Trails
496C Main Street
Kingfield, ME 04947
Phone: (207) 265-2400
lodging@mainehuts.org

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