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Washington County is one of the last places in the busy, over-crowded Eastern seaboard where you can get away by yourself on a forest trail or walk for miles on the salt-sprayed shoreline and see no one. You can still yield to that bit of pioneer blood left in your veins and live completely out of sight of the smoke from your neighbor's cabin, if you want to.

Not many are withdrawing that far but there are a considerable number of others who look to Washington County as their last frontier of peace and untrammeled beauty, of quietness and clear, clean air.

It's a big county as New England counties go: from the town of Danforth in the north to Steuben in the west is further than the distance from Boston to Albany, NY

With its two cities, 44 towns and 32,000 population, Washington County is larger in area than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.

Collectors of statistics will be pleased to accumulate the fact that the county has 1.68 million acres of land (2,628 square miles). Of this, 1.47 million acres are forested and there are 133,000 acres of lakes and ponds. Ten rivers travel a total of 412 miles from their source to the sea.

Looking at it another way, Washington County is 85 percent woodland; eight percent lakes, four percent bogs and swamps and three percent cropland and pasture.

By its very nature, then, the nation's easternmost county is a literal paradise for people, young and old, who derive inner pleasure from beachcombing, fishing, hiking, hunting, boating and swimming. Artists, photographers, antiquers, rock hounds and amateur botanists are among the many visitors who draw a great deal of their happiness from this region.

Other Washington County Links

Aroostook State Park - In 1938, interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State with the hope of creating Maine's first state park. This hope became reality is 1939, with the creation of Aroostook State Park. Subsequent donations increased the park to its present size of over 600 acres.

Aroostook State Park Hiking Trails - The 4 mile cross-country ski trail can also be used as a summer hiking trail. Some of the Park trails leave Park property and pass through private property. The owners have given permission for you to use and for us to maintain these trails.

Aroostook State Park Cross Country Skiing Trails - Park boundaries are marked with bright orange paint and cross several trails. Care should be taken to stay on established cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile trail l.T.S. 83 winds thru the park. Use caution when crossing snowmobile trails. The lodge at the park headquarters is open to the public on weekends during the skiing season.

Camping at Aroostook State Park - 30 wooded campsites, with tables and fireplaces, are available for either tent or trailer camping. Reservations may be made by calling at least 2 weeks in advance: (800) 332-1501 from within Maine, or (207) 289-3824 from out of state. Campsites can be reserved only during the period covering June 15-Labor Day. Call the reservation phones, or the park office for more information.

History of Aroostook State Park - In 1938, the newly created State Park Commission ( which had been formed in 1935) recommended that the State accept a gift of 100 acres of land near Presque Isle. This became Aroostook State Park, the first in the State Park system.

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