Gorman CHairback Lodge & Cabins


AMC's Maine Wilderness Lodges are connected via an 80-mile maintained ski trail network. Perfect for lodge-to-lodge ski adventures this winter. View summer trail map >>

Escape to the tranquility of pristine ponds, flowing rivers, and spectacular waterfalls in the heart of an untouched wilderness. Wake up to the echoing calls of native loons and spot an elusive moose as you paddle across Long Pond. Discover dramatic vistas along miles of interconnected trails, or try your hand at landing one of the bountiful brook trout and landlocked salmon that inhabit the nearby ponds and streams.

Built as a private camp in 1867, Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins offers a spectacular location off-the-grid in the heart of Maine’s 100-Mile Wilderness, renovated to feature a beautiful, central “green” lodge for meals and relaxing. Hearty, homemade meals, friendly staff, and cozy private cabins prepare you for hikes to Gulf Hagas and Third Mountain, a lodge-to-lodge cross-country ski, or simply a day of shoreside relaxation miles away from life's concerns.

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Top things to Do

Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins offers a central location for a myriad of outdoor activities. Whether you're seeking a calm day on the lake or an exhilarating mountaintop hike, you will not be disappointed.

Ski the Lodge-to-Lodge Trail

Explore our 80 miles (130km) of groomed woodland trails for the day, or ski on to Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins for the full Maine Wilderness Lodges experience.

Fly Fish on Long Pond

Hop in a canoe or walk to a pristine pond and try your luck at landing a wild brook trout or landlocked salmon. New to fishing? Try one of our Beginner Fly Fishing Weekends!

Appalachian Trail traverse

Hike or snowshoe to spectacular views from Third Mountain's Monument Cliff, then continue along the Appalachian Trail and bag three summits via the Chairback Mountain Loop.

Season Dates

 Full Service Winter/Spring Season Dates

December 27 2016 - March 12 2017

Full Service Summer/Fall Season Dates

May 11 2017 - October 29 2017

Our lodge is drive-in during summer and fall, and is accessible by ski or dogsled in winter.



Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins offers a spectacular location "off the grid" by the shore of Long Pond, on 66,000 acres of forestland permanently conserved by AMC. The lodge is drive-in during summer and fall, and is accessible by ski or dogsled in winter.

Accommodations include four private, "Deluxe" cabins (one ADA accessible) with private bathrooms. Each includes a combination of queen-size bed, bunk beds, and a futon.

Eight private shoreline cabins sleep one to five people, with a combination of queen-size, full, and bunk beds. Each cabin has a woodstove and gas lamps. There is no running water in the shoreline cabins, but water jugs are provided for guest use.

A separate bunkhouse can accommodate 10 guests.

The central bathhouse, conveniently located in the main lodge, has composting toilets and hot showers as well as an available wood-heated sauna.

Linens are provided to cabin guests, including pillowcases, sheets, and towels (bunkhouse guests must provide their own linens).


Gorman Chairback offers one ADA accessible cabin with private bathroom and electrical outlets. The lodge is wheelchair accessible.

Check In/Out

Check In: 3:00PM

Check Out: 11:00AM

Meal Service

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your nightly rate. You may wish to bring your own snack items. Beer and wine are available for purchase at dinnertime.

Breakfast: Served family-style at 8:00 AM sharp

Lunch: Made-to-order trail lunches are served after breakfast (submit your order the night before)

Dinner: Served family-style at 6:00 PM sharp; includes soup, salad, entrée, and dessert

Please notify AMC Reservations if you have food allergies or any other dietary needs.

Other Features

In summer, canoes and kayaks are available for guest use on Long Pond. Fly rod rentals are available at $25/person/visit. Winter guests have access to 35 miles of ski trails around the lodge, including a 2-to-11 mile "stacked" loop ski trail network around Long Pond. A gear shuttle is available for those skiing lodge-to-lodge as well as complimentary use of snowshoes.

Local hiking/snowshoe trails include Third Mountain on the Barren-Chairback Ridge and part of the Appalachian Trail, and the Henderson Brook Trail. The newly renovated "green" lodge features a cozy sitting room with wood stove, a family-style dining room, and a wood-fired sauna.


We are not able to accommodate pets at Gorman Chairback.

Quiet Hours

Please be respectful of other guests and observe quiet hours from 10:00 PM to 7:00 AM.


Alcoholic beverages are permitted, and should be consumed in a responsible manner. Beer and wine are available for purchase at Gorman Chairback.


Smoking or open flame are not allowed in or near any structure.

Trip Planning

What to Bring

The right clothing and gear are essential in the unpredictable weather of the Maine Woods. Even if it feels like summer during the day, it can be cold and winter-like once the sun goes down. Use our gear guides to make sure you're packing everything you need for comfort and safety. And don't forget your swimsuit if you'd like to use the sauna!


Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins

1 Chairback Road T7 R9
Greenville, ME 04441

NOTE: Satellite signal and cell phone reception are typically weak and unreliable in the Maine Woods, so we recommend that you do not rely on GPS Navigation devices to direct you to the lodge. Please click the "Driving Directions" button below to download and print our detailed instructions for getting to Gorman Chairback Lodge in summer and to the Winter Parking Lot in winter.

Contact Information

Emergency Contact, Road Conditions, Transportation

AMC Greenville Maine Office: 207-695-3085
Lodge Front Desk: 207-717-0270


AMC Reservations: 207-358-5187
Monday-Saturday, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Meetings & Group Reservations

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