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Mount Kineo

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Backcountry Camping Hunting/Trapping Swimming Canoeing/Kayaking 

Project Description

Mount Kineo, with 700-foot cliffs rising straight up from Moosehead Lake, is an unforgettable setting that has lured people for centuries. Native Americans once traveled great distances to Mt. Kineo, relying on its flint-like rhyolite to make stone tools. In recent centuries, Kineo’s spectacular scenery and the amenities of Moosehead Lake drew “rusticators” and summer guests to vacation at the base of this imposing precipice. Other species as well appreciate this unusual geological formation: peregrine falcons and an assemblage of rare plants rely on Mt. Kineo’s cliffs and steep talus slopes.

Recognizing the importance this landmark holds for the people of Maine, the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program provided funding for its acquisition in 1990. The purchase from its long-time owner, a Greenville resident, was negotiated with help from The Nature Conservancy and Department of Conservation. Local residents and municipal officials in the nearby communities of Rockwood and Greenville strongly supported the LMF proposal, recognizing the recreational significance of this land and the contribution it makes to the local economy. The Bureau of Parks and Lands now manages Mt. Kineo, which offers 3.5 miles of lake frontage, a primitive campsite, and four hiking trails with spectacular views, as part of its Moosehead Lake Reserve.