Fodor's Expert Review Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Wilderness Lodges

North Woods outside Greenville, Greenville, Maine, USA Fodor's Choice

In Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness, the Appalachian Mountain Club's 75,000 acres includes three historic sporting-camp retreats. Gorman Chairback, Little Lyford, and the rebuilt Medawisla have cabins with wood stoves, a bunkhouse (or two), sauna, and a bathhouse with hot showers. Gorman Chairback and Medawisla have some cabins with private baths. Each property has a woodsy main lodge with a fireplace, sitting area, and long tables where meals are served family-style. Moose are abundant, and the hiking, fly-fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking (mountain and fat-tire), snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are excellent. In winter, about 80 miles of trails—part of AMC's free, public 130-mile interconnected trail system—are groomed. Many guests ski, snowshoe, or fat-tire bike from lodge to lodge.


  • great for outdoors lovers
  • sauna
  • made-to-order trail lunch
  • courtesy canoes (some on outlying ponds), kayaks, and standup paddleboards (no boards at Little Lyford)
  • Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback are near Gulf Hagas
  • Medawisla a good choice for beginner cross-country skiers


  • winter access only by cross-country skis or snowmobile transport (fee)
  • winter access only by cross-country skis, snowshoes, foot, or snowmobile transport (fee) at Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback
  • no waterfront cabins at Little Lyford
  • not many courtesy mountain bikes, none at Little Lyford


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Phones: 603-466–2727 | 207-695–3085-AMC Greenville office | 207-358–5187-reservations


Gorman Chairback: 12 cabins, 1 bunkhouse (sleeps 10); Little Lyford: 9 cabins, 1 bunkhouse (sleeps 14); Medawisla, 9 cabins, 2 bunkhouses (each sleeps 16)
Rate Includes: Closed Apr., Nov., Dec. until after Christmas, and part of Mar. (Little Lyford and Gorman Chairback close early and Medawisla late in month)., Free breakfast

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