About Maine Huts & Trails

Poplar Falls Hut on a Summer Evening

Western Maine’s newest active travel experience escapes traditional classification. Perhaps the best term we’ve found to describe us, so far, is “Boutique Hostel.” Each hut, or eco-lodge features two parts: a main lodge with all the common areas, bathing and dining facilities and then the surrounding bunkhouses. The welcoming staff of each hut takes care of guests needs and prepares all the food for visitors’ stays. Each of the off-the grid huts features state-of-the-art green energy systems that generate and store their own power. The remote huts are connected by backcountry trails that can be used year round for a variety of recreational purposes ranging from hiking and paddling in summer to nordic skiing in the winter.

Please call at 207-265-2400 to learn more about Maine Huts & Trails or to make a reservation. Thanks for your interest in our very special part of Maine.

About Maine Huts & Trails

Maine Huts & Trails is a non-profit organization that manages a system of four backcountry eco-lodges and more than 80 miles of trails in Western Maine. We offer “off the grid,” hut-to-hut adventures coupled with comfortable and friendly accommodations.

Maine Huts & Trails provides countless possibilities for outdoor enthusiasts and active travelers of all levels, ages and interests. Delight in one (or two or three) of your favorite activities whether hiking, mountain biking or paddling, swimming, fishing, skiing or snowshoeing. At night, enjoy delicious home-cooked meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, warm, comfortable beds and hot showers.

Our Mission

Maine Huts & Trails is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine’s Western Mountain region by creating and operating a world-class recreation corridor for current and future generations.

Our backcountry trails enhance access to beautiful lakes, rivers and forestlands, and our low impact huts provide inviting spaces that facilitate outdoor adventures and learning. This self-sustaining resource stimulates environmentally sensitive economic opportunity in the region by attracting visitors of all ages and abilities.

  • Creating a resource of national significance for our state and regions.
  • Providing opportunities for environmental and experiential education.
  • Enhancing opportunities for people-powered outdoor recreation.
  • Stimulating environmentally sensitive economic development opportunities in Western Maine.
  • Instilling an environmental stewardship and conservation ethic within our communities and residents.
  • Ensuring perpetual year-round public access to remote and special areas along the trail corridor.

Our Huts

The Maine Huts & Trails huts are remotely located along the trail system, reducing human impact and providing authentic backcountry access for those seeking a “comfort camping” experience. The huts are attractive, energy-efficient structures designed to blend harmoniously into the natural surroundings. As mentioned, the huts are fully off-the grid, utilizing alternative energy sources to keep things humming along. Each facility accommodates up to forty-four guests and four staff members. The hut staff is always at the ready and of course they are responsible for all the hearty home-cooked meals served at the huts.

At each hut, guests will find a main lodge surrounded by bunk houses. The main lodge houses bathing and dining facilities, the library and common rooms, the staff quarters and clean-energy systems. Sleeping accommodations are typically shared, but offer different configurations. Each hut does offer some “private” bunk-rooms with “double-bunks.”

Currently, four huts of the planned twelve backcountry huts have been completed. Stratton Brook opened December 2012; Grand Falls opened in 2010; Flagstaff in 2009 and Poplar in 2008. Over the next decade we’ll be building several more huts for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy year-round. Each hut is situated to make the best use of the surrounding terrain for specific activities. Matching a hut with the needs of your is an important part of the process.

Ready to plan your Maine Huts & Trails trip? Call 207-265-2400 today.

Our Staff

Staff_Darren_smlDarren Boivin | Huts Facilities Manager

In 2005, Darren left 18 years with Fujitsu, to travel to Louisiana with his wife Laurie on a missions trip to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Since then, their path landed them here, living off grid just minutes from the MH&T trail system with their two daughters, Dawn & Amy. Darren joined Maine Huts & Trails in 2010 on the Trail Crew and has worked with Trail Manager, Jason Cooke maintaining the trails system in all seasons. Darren carries an Associates Degree in Industrial Electronics and volunteers for the Arnold Trail Snowmobile Club as Trail Master. Darren’s motto is “We deal with solutions, not problems” and aims to help make the necessary quality improvements at MH&T with efficiency. With his previous work experience, lifelong knowledge of the area, ingenuity, and engineering capabilities, Darren brings with him the skills necessary to serve as our new Facilities Manager. Contact Darren

Staff_Jason_smlJason Cooke | Trails Manager

Jason became Trails Manager in 2008 and oversees all trail construction, maintenance and grooming. “It’s great to be part of such a unique project. Trails have always been a big part of my life, whether hiking them or building them. I am fortunate to be part of a team working in some of the most beautiful areas in Maine while building a trails network to be enjoyed for generations to come.” Jason is a licensed forester and a jack-of-many-trades. He spends his non-working hours enjoying the country life with his wife and two daughters. Contact Jason

Staff_Cayce_smlCayce Frigon | Marketing Communications Director

Cayce joined the MH&T Staff  in April of 2010. “It’s incredibly exciting to be involved in such a captivating and rewarding project. Western Maine is such a fabulous place to live, work and play and I’m so happy to be part of something that I feel has such a significant impact and will give so much back to the local communities.” Cayce has a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing from the University of Maine. Cayce lives in Kingfield with her husband, Jarod, and spends most of her non-working hours with her dog, Ruger. Contact Cayce

Staff_Barbara_smlBarbara Nickerson | Office Manager

Barbara joined MH&T as Office Manager shortly after the ground breaking for Poplar Stream Falls. “Working for a project in its infancy is my idea of a dream job. Having a small, close staff allows everyone to do everything and the rewards are huge. Every day we read the glowing, positive comments from our guests raving about their adventure at our lodges and on the trails. It feels good knowing I am part of a team creating something healthy for individuals as well as the environment.” When not at the office in Kingfield, Barbara might be found kayaking out on Flagstaff Lake, hiking the trails, or attempting to train her dog, Kia, to be a sled dog.  Contact Barbara

Staff_Sarah_smlSarah Pine | Hut Operations Manager

Sarah rejoined the staff of Maine Huts & Trails in June of 2013. Previously, she assisted in the maintenance and creation of our trails. She combines her background in hospitality with her passion for environmental sustainability and focus on the food we eat. Sarah has a Bachelor’s degree in Community Health from the University of Maine at Farmington. You will find her on the trails biking, hiking, skiing or in the river kayaking. She lives in Carrabassett Valley with her husband Joe and her dog Rosa. Contact Sarah

Staff_Charlie_smlCharlie Woodworth | Executive Director

Charlie brings over twenty years of entrepreneurial success as a business founder and manager to Maine Huts & Trails. He has worked with Maine state government on energy efficiency and conservation issues, both important to the MH&T mission. Charlie’s long involvement in conservation includes serving on the Baxter State Park Advisory Board and volunteering for the Royal River Conservation Trust. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast with particular interests in Nordic skiing, hiking, paddling and cycling. He has experienced other hut systems both in the US and abroad, and is a past member of the Carrabassett Valley Outdoor Center’s Trail Committee. Charlie knows the Western Mountains Region of Maine very well. He has been a MH&T member and supporter and is a multi-year participant in our annual ski marathon. He and his wife, Merrie, are excited to be living in the area on a year round basis. Contact Charlie

Merrie Woodworth | Youth Programs Director

Merrie is excited to be part of the Maine Huts & Trails team. She has a background in Biology and worked in health care planning at Maine Medical Center for many years. She recently moved to Kingfield from Yarmouth, Maine where she and her husband, Charlie, raised two sons. There Merrie had the opportunity to volunteer extensively with a wide variety of community and school-based youth programs. She was also involved in land conservation and stewardship through Royal River Conservation Trust. Although Merrie and her family have spent many winters in this area, she’s eager to explore all the seasonal outdoor recreational opportunities the Western Maine mountains have to offer. Contact Merrie

Our Board

Bob Peixotto, Chair | Retired, COO, L.L. Bean, Inc.

Win Robinson, Vice Chair | Principal, Flagstaff Ventures LLC

Jeff True, Treasurer | COO, Integrity Holdings LLC

Dick Copeland, Secretary | Attorney & Partner, Ranger, Copeland, Whittemore & Massey

Ron Bear | Penobscot Indian Nation

Marcie Berkley | Retired, Management Professor, MIT Sloan School, Brandeis

Julie Bracken | President, The Mimi Foundation

Chris Carney | Retired, Managing Director, Fidelity Investments Real Estate Group

Emily CarvilleDirector of Online Marketing, L.L. Bean, Inc.

Judy Coburn | Retired, Attorney, Verrill Dana

Phil Coffin | Attorney, Lambert and Coffin

Calen Colby | PE, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Colby Co. Engineering

Carl Demshar | Owner, General Contracting

Craig Frey | CPA & Audit Manager, Baker Newman & Noyes

Mark Ishkanian | Public Relations/Communications Consultant

George LawrencePartner, Mill Stream Associates, Real Estate Development and Broker

John Orcutt | Architect, Orcutt Consulting, John Orcutt Nature Photography

Fred Prescott | VP & GMM of Retail, L.L. Bean, Inc.

Laura Rideout | Associate, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios

Jo D. Saffeir | Conservation Consultant

Ben Shaw | Partner, Black Point Group, CEO Direct Vet Marketing

Russell Walters | President, Northern Outdoors

Larry Warren | Founder, Western Mountains Foundation