Guest Stories & Reviews

First Time to Stratton Brook Hut
August 3, 2017

Completely exceeded expectations. Quiet mid-week dates allowed us to "have the place to ourselves". Well marked trails, great location and fantastic Hut staff. Food was great. Shower after hiking was even better. Loved all the focus on sustainability. A true gem in the Maine woods.


Another awesome reunion adventure
August 3, 2017

My five female friends and I completed our third annual reunion trip, taking the same itinerary as we did in 2015. The weather was superb and we enjoyed hiking and paddling trails of Flagstaff and Grand Falls Huts. The staff were excellent at both huts, and we especially enjoyed being the only guests at Grand Falls. Grace and Emily rolled out the red carpet, and a morning yoga session with Emily was a great bonus. The food was abundant and delicious at both huts. We have our dates for next year already in mind and just have to decide on trip plans. Thanks so much for your great hospitality and support for folks out to enjoy the special beauty of Maine.


Most Excellent Stay
August 1, 2017

My daughter and I went up to speak with two groups of middle school kids from the eastern seaboard about the trees and animal life in the area. We hiked thru to Polar in a thunderstorm and received a warm welcome. The trails are well marked and the route we chose up to the hut well travelled. These are not the " huts" one thinks about on trails such as the AT. 

The accommodations are wonderful, the food is local and well prepared in fact there is always more to eat after you are full! That night desert was blueberry cobbler and was a treat after our hike in. The Bar B Q chicken and the vegetables , all nicely done by the staff. I had a nice chat with the lead " cook" about the menu, where they get the recipes, and how the staff likes being up there. everyone is personable! 

The showers are very good, one can dial up a six minute shower with one of the coins available. I like it hot and it was. The bunks are comfortable, however, be warned, bring a sheet and pillow case, plastic mattress sweat in summer and winter as well if you turn up the heat. Take the tour of the downstairs waste facilities and learn about how ingenuous the heating, water and waste operations are....

Last winter I took my middle school XC ski team in to another hut. The kids LOVED the two days we were there. Trails are well maintained. Food was great , more than enough, kids ate like kids do and more so. The staff treated them very well. There are board games for them and one of my kids found a guitar and amazed all the adults staying there from Quebec with his playing skills . The trails by the way, are WELL GROOMED! 

Night winter hikes were incredible, we had the kids calling in to the owls and having those barred owls come to visit us up close and personal! 

Teachers and coaches, bring your students up to Maine Huts and Trails for an educational and fun overnighter!

There is NO better way for folks from away to adventure in Maine in this area of the Bigelow range . Where can one hike, ski, fish ( yes there is brook trout in the streams and brooks) and relax and be cared for by top notch people and feast on good local food and if the occasion arises, drink local beer and good wine. 

As a registered Maine guide and professional forester , and one who teaches , coaches, high school and middle school children, Maine Huts and Trails offers the out of state adventurer an excellent hospitable visit to our incredible Maine outside world in all seasons , as well as a prime place to take nature deficient youth on a learning adventure. 

I urge anyone to join and support the efforts by the staff and volunteers by joining as an individual or family membership.

Our grand Maine adventure
July 30, 2017

We four "mature" adults from the South embarked on a grand week-long adventure of hiking the huts and trails system in Maine. We stayed at all four huts, hiking and paddling from one to the next over six days. We gratefully utilized the awesome gear shuttle service with wonderful results to make our hikes from place to place great walks in the woods, unencumbered by the heavier necessities. The staff were absolutely first rate everywhere we traveled. The food was delicious. The trails are well maintained and marked. Even though we shouldn't have favorites, I think it's safe to say that we did. Grand Falls. And Grace and Erin, our hosts there, made it even more special. Thanks, Ladies! We also were fortunate to share the final night of our journey at Flagstaff where we met and interacted with many of the Board of Directors of Maine Huts, as well as the Director, CarolAnn. They are so passionate about this whole experience an d it is evident in the product! Finally, as we made our way back to reality, we stopped at the office in Kingfield where we saw CarolAnn hard at work again and met Kelsey. Kelsey was our first phone contact representative in planning our adventure and was instrumental in making it all come together. It was great to come full circle from when we had begun our planning about six months previous. Thanks Kelsey! A wonderful adventure!
Walt and Deon, Todd and Lisa

Flagstaff Mountain Bike Trip
July 24, 2017

Overall our experience was outstanding! The staff was great, food was delicious, and the facility was perfect. We had been up hut to hut snowshoeing in February and had a fantastic time. The trails on mountain bikes in the summer were a whole new and challenging experience. Loved being able to swim in Flagstaff lake after a hard and muddy day of biking. Thank you!
My only constructive criticism is that I respected the no phone policy and gave my three children who were home alone the number to the hut. One of my sons had a bit of an issue while we were away and tried the hut number on four separate occasions but nobody answered the phone. He could not get a message to us. Luckily it wasn't a total emergency but it was a concern.


Long Weekend
July 22, 2017

This was my second visit to Maine Huts & Trails and it was awesome! There are so many options for activities it is hard to decide how to spend your days. I was able to get in a great hike and learned how to paddleboard. The staff was so friendly and knowledgeable with tips on where to go, and the meals they made were excellent. Already looking forward to next time!