Fodor's Expert Review Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area
Bordering the south side of the Golden Road below Baxter State Park, the Nature Conservancy's 46,271-acre Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness Area is renowned for its rare ice cave, old forests, abundant pristine ponds, and views of Mt. Katahdin. The access road for the Ice Cave Trail (2 miles round-trip) and Hurd Pond is 17 miles northwest of Millinocket, just west of the Golden Road's Abol Bridge. Near here the Appalachian Trail exits the conservancy land, crossing the bridge en route to Baxter. Before hiking, paddling, fishing, or camping in the remote preserve (no fees or reservations required) visit the conservancy's website for directions and other information. The Golden Road accesses are marked, but the signs aren't large. There are trail kiosks and marked trailheads within the preserve.