For a scenic North Woods drive, travel the approximately 20-mile stretch of this private east-west logging road (named for what it cost a paper company to build it) near Baxter State Park northwest of Millinocket. Have patience with ruts and bumps and yield to logging trucks—keep right! At the western end of the drive, the West Branch of the Penobscot River drops 70-plus feet per mile through Ripogenus Gorge, giving white-water rafters a thrilling ride during scheduled
releases from Ripogenous Dam. To drive across the dam on Ripogenus Lake and view the gorge, turn on Rip Dam Road (it veers right if you’re traveling west). The Crib Works Rapid (Class V) overlook is on Telos Road, about a mile east of Rip Dam Road (parking is on the right after the bridge). Take photos of Baxter’s Mt. Katahdin from the footbridge alongside the Golden Road’s one-lane Abol Bridge—this view is famed. Park east of the bridge at Abol Bridge Campground or at the parking area west of the bridge. Also just west of the bridge is an access road for Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area. At North Woods Trading Post, about nine miles east of the bridge and across from Ambajejus Lake, you can cross between the Golden Road and Millinocket Lake Road (becomes Baxter State Park Road). Turn left for Baxter, right for Millinocket. West of “Rip” Dam the dirt Sias Hill Road heads south from the Golden Road on a backwoods route to Greenville through tiny Kokadjo.
Golden Rd., Millinocket, Maine, United States