Kingfield is a quintessential northern New England village characterized by a stunning collection of Victorian architecture.
Kingfield is a quintessential northern New England village founded on the logging industry and characterized by a stunning collection of Victorian architecture. While the wood industries have diminished, the town has re-developed an economy based on four-season outdoor recreation.
The community of 1,000 residents is the de-facto service center for the surrounding mountain towns in the Maine High Peaks region. Kingfield’s emerging economy is sustained by a small manufacturing sector, an assorted retail and service sector and tourism.
All visitors are welcomed to Kingfield which has been recognized as one of the “101 Best Outdoor Towns: Unspoiled Places to Visit, Live and Play.” Despite its small size, Kingfield offers big adventures!
- Curl up at the Orange Cat Café with a hot and spicy Mexican hot chocolate. Enjoy a sandwich and pastry while you’re at it!
- Explore the genius of the amazing Stanley family at the The Stanley Museum including the invention and manufacturing of the famous “Stanley Steamer” automobile, a violin-making business, photographs and art depicting rural turn-of-the-century American life and much more.
- Spend the night at the Maine Huts & Trails where every hut has an outdoor fire pit, comfy leather furniture, and plenty of books and board games. Here you can also enjoy mountain biking, hiking, paddling, swimming, skiing…or just relaxing!
- Settle in for a great dinner of Maine-sourced food and Maine craft beer and wine at Rolling Fatties Restaurant and Bar–a casual energetic old house in downtown Kingfield.
• Jordan Lumber Co., Inc
• The Kingfield Woodsman
• Longfellow’s Restaurant
• Maine Huts & Trails
• Maine’s High Peaks
• Mountain Village Farm Bed & Breakfast
• Narrow Gauge Depot
• North Woods Survival Experience
• Orange Cat Cafe
• Rolling Fatties
• Tranten Family Markets
• Winters Health & Fitness
These businesses support the Trail by taking part in the A.T. Community Supporter program.
Featured Local Hike
Near Kingfield, the A.T. traverses Maine’s spectacular Bigelow Range, known as Maine’s “Second Mountain.” The series of high summits, including the 4,145-foot Avery Peak, offer challenging and rewarding hiking, with breathtaking views of the forests and lakes below. You can also enjoy gentler hikes around the beautiful, Flagstaff Lake or on the A.T. to the remote, smaller West Carry Pond.
- There are three A.T. access points within 20 miles of Kingfield and shuttle services are available. A slack packing service is also available for hikers crossing the Bigelows. The Rt. 27 crossing in Wyman Township is characterized by a large vehicle turnout and parking area. There is a kiosk with a trail map displayed. North bound hikers arrive at the crossing at the completion of the Longfellow Range and the beginning of the Bigelows.
- The East Flagstaff Rd. crossing in Carrabassett Valley has a large parking area, a kiosk and an outhouse. The crossing is reached as north bound hikers descend from traversing the Bigelows. Cell phone reception is poor in this area. Hikers wanting to come into Kingfield from East Flagstaff are advised to call from the Little Bigelow Lean To or on their way down.
- The Long Falls Dam Rd. crossing is two miles beyond East Flagstaff. There is no parking area and pick-ups or drop-offs are by the road side. The trailhead is well marked. It is a very rural area where there is little road traffic. The most direct route to Kingfield from Long Falls Dam Rd.is to turn right onto the East Flagstaff Rd. and left onto the Carriage Rd.
Maine Appalachian Trail Club
The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit corporation that was organized on June 18, 1935, to assume responsibility for the management, maintenance and protection of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in Maine. Learn more and become a member today at matc.org.
ATC Volunteer Program
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is always looking for dedicated volunteers to help maintain the A.T. and assist in our visitor center and headquarters. Opportunities range from greeting visitors and providing information about local hikes to joining a Trail crew for week-long maintenance trips, gaining first-hand experience in what it takes to keep the A.T. open and enjoyable for millions each year. Learn more at appalachiantrail.org/volunteer.
Kingfield Artwalk – Take delight in the music and the art of painters, sculptors, illustrators, photographers, wood carvers, stone artists, weavers, knitters and more! Artwalks are open to the public, free of charge. Please join the tour of the galleries, museums, artist’s studios, and live musical performances, on the first Friday of the month in the center village of Kingfield. Doors will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kingfield POPS – The POPS Committee organizes an annual evening concert featuring the Bangor Symphony Orchestra on the last Saturday in June at the Kennedy Farm, overlooking the mountains here in Kingfield. High quality arts events (Downtown Arts Festival from10-4) and musical enrichment activities attracts persons from throughout Western Maine and beyond.
Kingfield Festival Days, July 18-21 – Weekend long event bringing thousands of people to Kingfield for family fun. Weekend includes a Grand Parade, river activities, kids’ games, plenty of music, tradition, contests, great food and much more. Kingfield Days is held annually the third weekend in July.