Season Dates

Please see specific COVID-19 related information on policies and operating procedures.

  Winter Season

January 14 through March 6, 2021
 

December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Spring/Summer/Fall Seasons

June 19 – October 16, 2021

 
Our lodge is drive-in during summer and fall, and is accessible by ski, snowshoe, or dogsled in winter.
 
Please note that there is limited cell service and no WiFi at the lodge.
The lodge is located on gated, privately managed roads with set hours when passage is available. See below for important details.

Accommodations

Rooms

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, snowshoe, or dogsled in winter.

Accommodations include four private, “Deluxe” cabins (one ADA accessible) with private bathrooms with showers. Each includes a combination of queen-size bed, bunk beds or double beds, and a futon in the living room.

Eight private shoreline cabins sleep one to five guests, with a combination of queen-size, full, bunk beds, or futon. Each cabin is a single room cabin and 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. Bunkhouse guests bring their own sleeping bag, or linens, and towel. Pillows and wool blankets are provided.

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

Linens, comforters, and bath towels are provided to cabin guests. Guests may charge their cameras and phones in the main lodge.

Accessibility

Gorman Chairback offers an ADA accessible cabin with electricity, private bathroom with shower and propane heat.

The main lodge is ADA accessible.

Hardened gravel paths run throughout camp.

Check In/Out

Check In: 3:00PM

Check Out: 11:00AM

Meal Service

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included in your nightly rate. Coffee, tea and cocoa are available throughout the day.

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

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

Jump off the dock into the clear water of Long Pond and swim out to the float to relax in the sun.

Grab your trail lunches and spend a day paddling the lake in one of the many canoes or single person kayaks. Give the paddle boards a try. All are included in your stay.
Angling for salmon or trout is possible on a myriad of lakes, rivers and streams. Fly rod rentals are available at the lodge. Please reserve when you make your reservation.
Winter guests have access to 35 miles of groomed Nordic ski and snowshoe trails around the lodge, including a 2-to-11 mile “stacked” loop ski trail network around Long Pond. Your gear can be shuttled into/out of camp and between lodges for those skiing Lodge to Lodge. Complimentary snowshoes are available for lodge guests.
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.

Getting There

The lodge is located in the KI Jo-Mary Forest which is a multi-use forest which owned by a consortium of landowners. The roads are gated and from May through October. Access is managed and fees collected by North Maine Woods. Access through the checkpoints (Hedgehog and Katahdin Ironworks) is limited to hours of operation (6 AM to 9 PM) and is strictly enforced. Please check the North Maine Woods website additional information.

Access fees are included in Gorman Chairback and Little Lyford lodging rates. Please bring a copy of your AMC reservation confirmation letter to show at the gatehouse.

Vehicle types (RV sizes and types, motorcycles, etc.) are restricted or prohibited. Click here for KI Jo-Mary Rules and Regulations.

Driving directions.

Roads are gravel and are active logging roads. Logging vehicles have the right of way. Conditions can be rough and low clearance vehicles are not recommended. All wheel drive is recommended during wet, snowy or icy conditions.

Pets

Dogs are welcome in Cabins 6 and 7 during the winter only at Gorman Chairback. There is an additional fee per dog per night and a maximum of 2 dogs per cabin.

Please notify the Contact Service Center if you plan to bring your dog.

Quiet Hours

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

Alcohol

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

Smoking

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

ACCOLADES

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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.

Paddle on Long Pond

Grab a canoe and head out for a sunrise or sunset paddle on the pond. Listen to the loons and maybe even spot a moose.

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.

Katahdin Cruises

Enjoy the natural beauty and history of Moosehead Lake aboard a 1914 steamboat! The steamboat Katahdin offers a spacious decks with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Beverages, sandwiches and snacks are available from the working galley. Enjoy a discount on ticket purchases when you stay at one of our Maine Lodges!

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!

CONTACT US

Gorman Chairback Lodge & Cabins

 

1 Chairback Road T7 R9
Greenville, ME 04441

Reservations

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

Meetings & Group Reservations

Book a reservation for a group of 10 or more:
603-466-8059
amcgroups@outdoors.org

DRIVING DIRECTIONS