Maine Huts & Trails warmly welcomes groups of all sizes to experience an adventure in the Maine woods. We'll even connect you with qualified experts, educators, or specialty guides who can deliver an experience to last a lifetime for your group.
What is a "Group"?
Any group of 12 or more people under a single reservation, and organized by one group leader, is considered a group. The group leader is responsible for planning and coordinating reservations with our reservations team, as well as making payments. The group leader is also the only person who can make changes to a group reservation.
Unless your group utilizes all available beds at a hut, there may be other guests staying at the hut during your trip. If your group would prefer a bit more privacy, you may decide to do a full-hut rental instead. Over the years, many types of groups have utilized the huts for their events. From school groups and scout trips, to reunions and retreats, we'll work with you to create an unforgettable experience.
A full-hut rental means that your group gets the entire hut, including all bunk rooms, to yourselves. Regardless of whether you fill all available beds, no other guests will be at the hut overnight during your stay, but the huts are never completely closed. In full-service season, the huts are open to the public for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and people may stop by anytime all year. If your group wants more privacy, consider staying on a weeknight when there is rarely any day traffic.
For current rates, please visit the Rates page.
Types of Groups
Maine Huts & Trails is the perfect place for your team to find new inspiration outside of the office. Surrounded by nature and unplugged from technology, the stage is set for new ideas, closer connections, and well-deserved relaxation. Reward your team with a fun outdoor adventure!
Youth & School Groups
At Maine Huts & Trails, we believe that exposing kids to nature early and often is a great way to help them reach their full potential, and as a nonprofit, it’s an important part of our mission. With this goal in mind, we’ve developed a comprehensive youth education program that gets kids out of the classroom and into nature for an unforgettable learning experience. We’ll help you plan a youth-specific trip for school groups, scouts, sports teams, families, and more.
Each trip to one of our well-equipped eco-lodges will help young people grow as leaders and individuals. They’ll be given an opportunity to feel comfortable and confident outdoors, and spend time unplugged, exploring the natural world.
An adventure with Maine Huts & Trails sets the stage for learning lifelong skills. Some examples of what kids will safely experience include:
- Hiking to a comfortable, safe eco-lodge with your gear on your back
- Nordic skiing
- Mountain biking
- Hiking (on our trails and the Appalachian Trail)
- Canoeing and kayaking
For groups interested in adding educational programming, we work to design trips that meet a group’s needs and interests in a way that supplements traditional learning. We work with a group of highly-qualified educators to design trips that include programs such as:
- Alternative energy
- Primitive skills, including shelter building, fire building and plant identification
- The history of the Western Maine Mountain Region (Flagstaff, Arnold Trail, logging)
- Map and compass orienteering and use of GPS
- Natural sciences, including geology, environmental biology and wildlife studies
- Outdoor first aid
- Astronomy and the night sky
- Maine forest ecology
- Team building / group challenges
- Sustainable forestry
- Animal tracks and signs
- Aquatic insect investigation
And there are great opportunities for other activities such as…
- Creative writing
- Nature photography
- Nature journaling
- Art and drawing in the natural world
- Campfires and storytelling
Our youth programming partners include:
- Adventure Bound – Rafting and challenge courses in the West Forks
- Teens to Trails
- Maine Winter Sports Center
- Maine Forest Service
- L.C. Bates Museum
- Maine Energy Education Program – Renewable energy and electricity
- Community GIS – Orienteering with GPS and Geo caching
- Barry Dana – Penobscot History
- Local residents – History of Flagstaff Lake
- Northern Stars Planetarium – John Meader
- Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
We want your youth group to come to Maine Huts & Trails, and we’ll work with you to make this happen for your school or organization. We provide youth group leaders assistance in preparing for your trip, such as attending a parent information meeting, helping with class choices or by answering general questions.
Community Service Opportunities
As a nonprofit, we welcome and appreciate volunteer efforts. From stacking wood for the winter season to summer trail projects, we often have group service opportunities. Options vary based on group size, age of students and length of time available for project. Examples include trail building, firewood stacking or building a commemorative bench. We also welcome creative projects using photography or graphic design that we can share with others.
We work to make this unique opportunity affordable for all interested youth groups.
- Group rates apply to groups of 12 or more, with chaperone discounts.
- Some community service opportunities and discounts available.
- Limited opportunities for business sponsorship for selected groups. Contact us to learn how to apply.
Who to Contact
Youth Programs Manager
Group Booking Information & Policies
Maine Huts & Trails Group Sales
Making Advanced Reservations
For the best possible experience, we recommend you book your reservation as early as possible to ensure space, but no later than 10 days prior to arrival. All group and full-hut reservations must be made by phone or email.
Reservations require a 25% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking with the remaining balance due 30 days prior to arrival.