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“The County” or “God’s Country” – both acceptable ways of describing the largest county in Maine and the place where I grew up. Wherever you travel up north, a few things are always guaranteed: expansive farmlands, abundant wildlife, and that true “down home feel.” Every few summers, I make the 5-hour drive north to visit one of my favorite spots, Deboullie (Da-bull-E).
Deboullie Mountain can be found 20 miles off the last gravel road and in one of the most remote parts of the North Maine Woods. I’ll tell you how to get there, but first let me tell you why this place is so great. As a teenager, my Uncle Ron would come here with his friends and let’s just say they could catch more fish than the law allowed. Although the fishing has changed slightly over the years, the views are beautiful, the serenity is second to none (probably because you’re in the middle no absolutely nowhere), there are lots of places to explore in a kayak and great hikes are there to take up your afternoons. Want to go? Get directions
I recommend the Deboullie Mountain Trail. The summit is just under 2,000 feet, so it’s not a killer, but it’ll work the hamstrings. You’re rewarded with 360-views for as far the eye can see. An old lookout tower marks the summit, no longer in operation. For other great hikes and activities, check out this site.
You’ll want to ask for Deboullie East Campsite. It’s the last campsite you’ll come to, so it’s the quietest. When you’re at the end of the road – there’s no traffic, always a good thing to remember in life.
HOW TO ARRIVE
This will sound complicated, it’s not. Find your way to Ashland, ME. From there take ME-11 to West Rd. Drive 1 mi and turn left onto a gravel road. Drive about 4 miles, stop and pay use fee at the North Maine Woods’ Fish River checkpoint. After two miles, turn right on Hewes Brook Road for approximately 13 miles to the Red River, make a left on to the T15 R9 road and head west for about 7 miles into the Deboullie Public Reserved Lands. At each turn pay attention to the direction signs (signs for Red River Camps). Once within the Deboullie Public Reserved Lands, at a fork, either drive straightforward Deboullie Pond.