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Good evening. Any one here with experience on the golden road? is it worth it? Located outside Rochester, NH and debating a fall excursion.
 

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Disclaimer: it was way back in the 80's when I went there. I have no idea about current road conditions.

Seeing a half-million pounds of logging truck rolling down on you is worth experiencing. It's a private road and they always have the right of way.

For others that have never heard of it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Road_(Maine)
And I found this with decent pictures:
https://thevelvetrocket.com/2011/11/14/the-golden-road-of-maine/

The start of the road is about 250 miles from Portsmouth NH. Not something I'd try as a day trip. Good place to have a mobile ham rig, CB isn't going to get you out of trouble if you go exploring any side roads. I'd be interested to read your trip report if you go.
 

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Disclaimer: it was way back in the 80's when I went there. I have no idea about current road conditions.

Seeing a half-million pounds of logging truck rolling down on you is worth experiencing. It's a private road and they always have the right of way.

For others that have never heard of it:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Road_(Maine)
And I found this with decent pictures:
https://thevelvetrocket.com/2011/11/14/the-golden-road-of-maine/

The start of the road is about 250 miles from Portsmouth NH. Not something I'd try as a day trip. Good place to have a mobile ham rig, CB isn't going to get you out of trouble if you go exploring any side roads. I'd be interested to read your trip report if you go.
I started looking at those when he mentioned it in a different thread. I must admit I like this. I'm also interested in seeing how it goes.

When were you thinking of going?
 

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I’ve been on the Golden Road at least a dozen times. I’ll be back up in that area in Nov. on a five day trip.

What more do you want to know about Northern Maine?
 

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I've been up to the Golden Rd a few times to camp and one time for a Moose hunt. One of my Dad's friends has a camp up there. Beautiful area
 

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I’ve been on the Golden Road at least a dozen times. I’ll be back up in that area in Nov. on a five day trip.

What more do you want to know about Northern Maine?
Apologize about the delay in response. I have just heard mixed reviews about it. Being a half day drive I am hesitant if it really is simply a dirt road lined with tourists. Minimal videos online dont help either. Looking for first opportunity to simply spend a few days camping and exploring and some initial overlanding. Are simple things like camp fires going to get one evicted? Ripper, noticed your from Agawam. I used to shoot for Guns and Gear.
 

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We’ve prob met, I used to shoot with/for and work for them.

As for the Golden Rd. It’s honestly just a tree lined dirt road. It’s nothing spectacular. What are you using for Nav? I have a fun little (it’s not little) loop that I’ve run several times I can PM you if you’re running GAIA on a tablet.
 

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We’ve prob met, I used to shoot with/for and work for them.

As for the Golden Rd. It’s honestly just a tree lined dirt road. It’s nothing spectacular. What are you using for Nav? I have a fun little (it’s not little) loop that I’ve run several times I can PM you if you’re running GAIA on a tablet.
Thanks for the info. I've been thinking about doing it as well. I'm still probably going to do it just for the experience but I'll probably just make it a weekend run.

I'd be interested in that loop as well, although I need to get a GPS tablet set up. Do you prefer GAIA to all the other Apps or is there something compatible with it that might be better? Any suggestions on a good tablet to run it?
 

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I dont have a nav system. Was just going to hope for the best with google earth and keeping in mind the way in is the way ill have to take out. Are there any particular areas or points of interest? I'm hoping to find a place out of the way to spend a few nights and maybe light shooting.
 

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The road itself is just a dirt road. From it you can access trails, gravel pits, endless ponds and streams. Bring your fly rod. I always end up at big eddy camp ground as a home base. It's right on the Penobscot river. Amazing fishing. Trout, salmon. Rafting and kayaking within a few miles. Pits to go wheeling, or shooting. Tons to explore. I'll be going a couple times this summer. It's a long drive, but you feel like you are a million miles away.
 

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The road itself is just a dirt road. From it you can access trails, gravel pits, endless ponds and streams. Bring your fly rod. I always end up at big eddy camp ground as a home base. It's right on the Penobscot river. Amazing fishing. Trout, salmon. Rafting and kayaking within a few miles. Pits to go wheeling, or shooting. Tons to explore. I'll be going a couple times this summer. It's a long drive, but you feel like you are a million miles away.

Any ability to camp outside of the camp ground? Off trail maybe?
 

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You can pretty much only camp in established sites and if you wish to have a fire, the site must be designated for fires.

More info can be found at www.northmainewoods.org

But just like I said in my reply to your thread. It’s mud season right now, and being in these areas for recreation right now heavily frowned upon. North Maine Woods is all private land owned by a group of commercial logging companies, access is a privilege. And over the past few years, some private Overland “guide companies” have really strained the relationship between the NMW and back country campers. At one point it was the unspoken rule that if you had a vehicle modified for off-roading, you were not going to be allowed access.

They still have some rules in place and it’s mostly up to the discretion of the staff at the gates. The general rules as of late are no groups larger than four vehicles, and if your truck is wrapped and gives the general appearance that your part of a “Overland Company” you’re not going to granted entry into NMW.
 

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You can pretty much only camp in established sites and if you wish to have a fire, the site must be designated for fires.

More info can be found at www.northmainewoods.org

But just like I said in my reply to your thread. It’s mud season right now, and being in these areas for recreation right now heavily frowned upon. North Maine Woods is all private land owned by a group of commercial logging companies, access is a privilege. And over the past few years, some private Overland “guide companies” have really strained the relationship between the NMW and back country campers. At one point it was the unspoken rule that if you had a vehicle modified for off-roading, you were not going to be allowed access.

They still have some rules in place and it’s mostly up to the discretion of the staff at the gates. The general rules as of late are no groups larger than four vehicles, and if your truck is wrapped and gives the general appearance that your part of a “Overland Company” you’re not going to granted entry into NMW.
Solid info, same as a lot of what I am finding, the overland craze has boomed in the last few years, but like most booms the later in the boom the more of the hanger-ons come along and spoil it for everyone

edit: I am def going to wait for the end of mud season!!
 
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