The National Park Service has contracted with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) of Maine to build a series of hiking trails in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was designated a national monument in 2016. Up to now, development in the monument’s 87,500 acres has been primarily limited to the main Loop Road, a 16-mile dirt road that leads to access points and starts of trails to scenic views. With the AMC trail additions, each trail will be one to two miles from the main Loop Road. AMC’s trail crew started work in October and will continue work through fall 2019. Trails will be created for all abilities. AMC will be constructing a trail to Lynx Pond that is an Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant trail, with a viewing platform at its terminus. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is on the eastern border of Baxter State Park and includes part of the East Branch of the Penobscot River. For more information on the trail project, visit www.outdoors.org. Pictured here, canoeing down the East Branch of the Penobscot River in 2017.  Photo by Chris Shane from “Monumental: A Journey through Katahdin Woods and Waters”