The Forks Area – Caratunk, The Forks & West Forks

The Forks is a beautiful wilderness town in western Maine, where rivers, lakes, mountains, friends and families, all meet for fun, affordable Maine vacations, relaxation and adventure.

The Forks area is a true four season gem of Maine’s wilderness. Located on a beautiful National Scenic Byway, The Old Canada Road section of US Route 201 is closer to Quebec City, Canada than Portland, Maine. The Forks is named for the confluence of Maine’s Dead and Kennebec Rivers and is a very special and friendly place.

The Dead and Kennebec Rivers are well known for the best whitewater rafting and fishing in the northeastern United States. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, lakes, ponds and rivers, The Forks offers a Spring and Summer of endless opportunities for rafting, fishing, boating, sightseeing, Moose and bird watching, canoeing, kayaking, biking or just relaxing in a cabin or Inn to unwind.

In the fall, the foliage in our area along our scenic byway and these beautiful rivers is second to none, a leaf peeper’s paradise. The Forks is also host to many sportsmen for the Maine tradition of guided or self guided Maine hunting.

Winter brings Maine’s best snowmobile trails, snowmobile rentals and the amenities to support them. Winter in The Forks area is a great place for cross country skiing, ice fishing or snowshoeing.

A friendly small town with large amenities: The Forks has a full array of resorts, lodging, camping, lake and riverside cabin rentals with restaurants, pubs, fine dining, nightlife and other amenities to accommodate everything you need for a superior Maine vacation. Nowhere will you find a place with a friendlier atmosphere just waiting to make your Maine vacation stay exceed your highest expectations.

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Caratunk is a delightful, quiet little village just off the Arnold Trail and along the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway. The famed Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia passes directly through this old fashioned town. Three miles east of Caratunk, entirely surrounded by mountains of ledge and forest is one of Maine’s and nature’s most beautiful spots – Pleasant Pond. Pleasant Pond is completely spring-fed, and is so clear and sparkling that one may easily see to depths of 30 feet. This is truly an ideal spot for fishing swimming, boating or just relaxing.