Season Dates

Full Service Winter Season

January 14 through March 6, 2021
December 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Full Service Spring/Summer Fall Seasons

May 20 – 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.



Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins offers a spectacular location “off the grid” on 66,000 acres of forestland permanently conserved by AMC. The lodge is drive-in during the summer and fall, and accessible by ski, snowshoe, or dogsled in winter.

Accommodations include ten private cabins sleeping 1-5 guests, with a combination of double, queen and bunk beds. Each single room cabin has a porch, woodstove, and gas lamps for year-round use, as well as cold running water in during the summer and fall. Guests bring their own sleeping bags or linens; blankets and pillows are provided.

The Lyford bunkhouse can accommodate 14 guests in bunkbeds in a room with gas lights, wood stove and screened-in porch. Guests bring their own sleeping bags or linens; blankets and pillows are provided.

The central bathhouse, conveniently located near the main lodge, has composting toilets and hot showers year-round. A co-ed wood-heated sauna is located at the bathhouse and is available in the wintertime.

Little Lyford welcomes well-behaved dogs. The to stay in their owners’ cabin for a $10/night fee (fee excludes service dogs). Maximum of 2 dogs per cabin.

Check in/out

Check in: 3:00pm

Check out: 11:00am


Little Lyford Lodge offers one ADA accessible cabin in addition to the bathhouse, sauna and main lodge. There are grassy and hardened gravel paths throughout camp.

Meal Service

Dinner, breakfast and a trail lunch are included in your nightly rate. Coffee, tea and cocoa are available throughout the day. You may wish to bring your own snack items. Guests are permitted to bring their own beer and wine to enjoy with dinner.

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

Lunch: Made-to-order trail lunches are available at 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

Guests can enjoy our comfortable lodge with fireplace and deck year-round. Our friendly staff is always available to assist you with trip planning, weather reports, and trail information.

In summer, complimentary canoes and kayaks are available for guest use at nearby Little Lyford Ponds and at several remote ponds, accessible by car.

Fly fishing instruction is available by prior arrangement and fly rods with reels are available to rent at the lodge. Please request when making your reservation.

In winter, enjoy complimentary use of snowshoes and ski from your cabin door onto our extensive groomed trail network. Ski to Gulf Hagas, the Appalachian Trail, or over to Gorman Chairback Lodge. Located a day’s ski or snowshoe apart, ski lodge to lodge from Medawisla to West Branch Pond Camp to Little Lyford to Gorman Chairback. A shuttle service is available so that your car is waiting for you at the end of your trip. The lodge-to-lodge trail network is groomed and offers full day adventures replete with magnificent views and moose tracks. A gear shuttle is available to bring your gear into/out of the lodge as well as for those skiing lodge-to-lodge.

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. 


Dogs are welcome year-round at Little Lyford in many of the cabins. There is an additional fee per dog per night, and a maximum of two 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.


Alcoholic beverages are permitted, and should be consumed in a responsible manner.

Beer and wine are not available for purchase at the lodge, however guests are welcome to bring their own.


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


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Down East Magazine

Maine Wilderness Lodges featured in Down East Magazine.

Little Lyford Lodge TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence Badge


Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins awarded 2015 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor


Boston Globe

Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins featured in Boston Globe.

 NHPTV visits Little Lyford

NHPTV Windows to the Wild

Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins featured in NHPTV


The New York Times

AMC’s Baker Mountain & Little Lyford featured in The New York Times.

Lyford 2017 Certificate of Excellence

Trip Advisor

Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins awarded 2017 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor

Top Things to Do

Explore Gulf Hagas

Called the “Grand Canyon of the East,” Gulf Hagas rewards visitors with a series of breathtaking waterfalls. Hike or snowshoe to the rim, or cool off in a waterfall basin in the heat of summer.

Bring your Dog!

That’s right – you can take them with you. Little Lyford is dog-friendly. Bring your furry friend along on your vacation.

Land the Big One

Cast your fly and land a wild brook trout or landlocked salmon at one of the dozens of nearby ponds and streams that make our lodges world-class fishing destinations.

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!


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.

Blankets and pillows are provided at Little Lyford, but guests should plan to bring their own sheets/pillowcases or sleeping bags. We have hot showers year-round, so bring your towel and toiletries, and don’t forget your swimsuit if you’d like to use the sauna!

Contact US

Little Lyford Lodge & Cabins


Monson, ME 04464


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 Little Lyford 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