Maine Appalachian Trail Backpacking Trip

For Grades 8-10

No-cost grant funded option for qualified Maine Families! Learn more…

The Appalachian Trail (AT) stretches over 2,000 miles between Springer Mountain, Georgia, and Katahdin, an important and sacred place for the Wabanaki for whom this is homeland. The trail traverses an incredible landscape of stunning mountain peaks, dense forest  and occasionally passes by small towns. Some hearty souls take four to six months to hike the entire length of the AT, and most experienced hikers call the Maine section the most challenging but also a very rewarding part of this great eastern trail. For those who want to explore the wilds of Maine on their feet, living close to nature and removed from everyday life, a trek on the Maine AT promises an adventure.

Let's go explore the woods of Maine!

Maine Families! Thanks to generous funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, the Maine Department of Education, and the Maine Outdoor Learning Initiative, we are able to provide this amazing two-week summer program at no cost to qualified Maine families. To learn if your family qualifies for this grant please visit this page.

Dates and Rates:

Program Dates: 

  • Group A: June 23 – July 6 (waitlist only)
  • Group B: July 10 – July 23 (waitlist only)
  • Group C: July 28 – August 10 (waitlist only)

Length: 2 Weeks
Eligible Grades: 8th, 9th, 10th
Group Size: 8 campers and 2 trip leaders
Starting Location: Wiscasset Maine
Cost: $3,920

Our Itinerary:

We begin in the territory known as the 100-Mile Wilderness and head northbound to Baxter State Park. This section is the longest stretch of “wilderness” hiking on the AT; roads are few and far between.Most of the campsites along the way are lean-to sites, but we bring our own tents to leave room for others. By mid-summer, wild raspberries and blueberries abound and make great trail treats. There are many beautiful lakes and ponds along the trail to soak our feet in and enjoy the view.

Our adventure ends with a challenging hike up Mount Katahdin (Wabanaki for “the greatest mountain”), which marks the northern terminus of the AT. We will average 5-12 miles per day, depending upon terrain. Along the way, we will enjoy and learn about the natural history and ecology of the places we visit. There is a great chance of seeing moose, bear, beaver, eagles, deer, and other wildlife.

Are you applying for the grant-funded option for Maine Families? Please fill out this qualification form first!​

So many things to see and do!

It’s hard to pack all the excitement of a Chewonki experience into a short webpage, so we encourage you to reach out to our team for a phone call, or to schedule a tour in the off season. 

We hope to see you at camp next summer!

Countdown to Camp Chewonki!

Questions? Please Contact Us!

  • Camp Office: (207) 656-1170
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Essential Eligibility Information

Providing safe, equitable, and inclusive education programs is our purpose and mission. While we do not specialize in programming for people with disabilities, we welcome a diverse community of participants and we will seek safe, reasonable accommodations whenever possible.

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