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GREENVILLE, Maine— The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) marks another milestone in its innovative Maine Woods Initiative as it opens its new Medawisla Lodge and Cabins near Greenville July 1, following a multi-year, multi-million dollar construction project.
Open to the general public, Medawisla offers a range of overnight options, including deluxe cabins with private bath, traditional cabins with shared bath, and bunkhouses. Dinner, breakfast, and trail lunches are included in most cabin rates, and linens and hot showers are available. Several cabins and one bunkhouse include kitchens, providing a self-service option for guests who wish to prepare their own meals.
The site features a waterfront pavilion, a new central lodge with water views, and nine new private cabins in waterfront and hilltop locations. Cabins feature Maine-made woodstoves, screened porches, and gas lamps. Meals are served in the central lodge, which also houses a wood-fired sauna for wintertime use.
Located on the shores of the Roach River and Second Roach Pond near Kokadjo, Medawisla offers a wide variety of recreational options. “Guests can enjoy swimming, paddling, mountain biking, and fishing for brook trout and landlocked salmon,” said Dan Rinard, AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative operations manager. “An extensive network of trails traverses the property for hiking, cross-country skiing, and mountain biking.”
The opening of the new Medawisla means that this coming winter, a popular, groomed, lodge-served cross-country ski network will once again become available, as Medawisla is connected via trail with the family-owned West Branch Pond Camps and AMC’s Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins and Gorman Chairback Lodge and Cabins. Guests can drive to Medawisla and start their lodge-to-lodge ski adventure from there, enjoying the overnight accommodations and related amenities offered at each location.
Medawisla is off the grid and solar panels provide power for electrical needs.
AMC’s Maine Wilderness Lodges are key components of the organization’s Maine Woods Initiative, a unique approach to land conservation in Maine’s 100-Mile-Wilderness region that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships. To date, AMC has purchased and permanently conserved nearly 75,000 acres of forest land, all open to the public; created more than 130 miles of recreational trails and opened three sporting camps to the public, established a Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable forestry operation that employs local forest products workers and supplies local mills, and developed partnerships with local Piscataquis County schools.
Reservations for AMC’s Medawisla Lodge and Cabins and other AMC destinations can be requested online at www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/Lodges/medawisla/index.cfm, or by calling (207) 358-5187.
“The opening of the new Medawisla is cause for celebration as we make this welcoming destination available for outdoor recreation and relaxation in the Maine woods,” said Walter Graff, AMC’s senior vice president and leader of the Maine Woods Initiative. “Along with local outfitters’ services, neighboring camps, AMC’s other lodges and outdoor skills training programs, Medawisla adds to the region’s growing nature-based tourism opportunities.”
AMC lodge staff includes Registered Maine Guides who offer scheduled programs and custom guided trips.
Remote campsites created by AMC’s Maine Chapter members on nearby ponds offer opportunities for overnight and multi-day paddling trips.
More than 50 local workers, including a dozen Maine contractors, have been employed in the Medawisla construction project. General contractor is E.W. Littlefield & Sons, Inc., of Hartland.
With a growing roster of more than 5,000 members in Maine, the Appalachian Mountain Club offers educational programs for children, adults, and families; operates its Maine Wilderness Lodges for the public in the 100-Mile Wilderness region; operates Knubble Bay Camp and Beal Island Campground in Georgetown and Echo Lake Camp in Acadia National Park; publishes the AMC Maine Mountain Guide and Outdoor Adventures: Acadia National Park; and maintains offices in Portland and Greenville.
Founded in 1876, the Appalachian Mountain Club promotes the protection, enjoyment, and understanding of the mountains, forests, waters, and trails of America’s Northeast. AMC helps people of all ages and abilities to explore and develop a deep appreciation of the natural world. With chapters from Maine to Washington, D.C., guidebooks and maps, and unique lodges and huts, AMC helps people get outdoors on their own, with family and friends, and through activities close to home and beyond. AMC invites the public to support its conservation advocacy and research, youth programming, and care of 1,800 miles of trails. More information is available at www.outdoors.org.