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Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise signed at gate. Fee Charged.
The skeletons of a blast furnace and charcoal kiln stand as silent, lone remnants of the Katahdin Iron Works. Between 1843 and 1890, these structures pulsed with activity as part of Maine's only nineteenth century iron works operation. The fires of the blast furnace flamed non-stop, glowing against the night sky. Such sights and sounds must have seemed out of place in the Maine wilderness. Yet, it was the wilderness, with its ready supplies of iron ore, fuel wood, and waterpower that brought the iron works industry to this site.
If you are interested in learning about geology around the state, check out the Maine Geological Survey Searchable Database.
Download Katahdin Iron Works Historical Brochure (PDF)
- Hiking (trails)
- Watchable wildlife
Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.
- Picnic area
- See Visitor Accessibility
T6 R9 WELS, Maine
Katahdin Iron Works State Historic Site
c/o Bureau of Parks and Lands
106 Hogan Road
Bangor, ME 04401
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Directions and Parking
From Maine Route 11, drive 5 miles north of Brownville Junction, then take gravel road 6 miles to "K.l."