Location Lat 46.615453 / Lon -68.008184
Off U.S. Route 1 south of Presque Isle on Echo Lake.
Hours / Season Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate, - without blocking it - on the days it is closed, and walking in during these same hours. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season.
Fee collected year-round at entry booth by staff or self-service station. Cash or check only, no credit cards accepted.
Aroostook State Park bears the distinct honor of being Maine's first state park. In 1938 interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State of Maine, and following that gesture, the park became reality in 1939. Today the park totals nearly 800 acres thanks to subsequent donations and purchases.
Aroostook State Park is the ideal starting point for discovering the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Encompassing Quaggy Jo Mountain and Echo Lake, the park offers a unique chance to study our geologic past. In fact, Quaggy Jo is the shortened from of its Indian name, "Qua Qua Jo" which translates to "twin peaked."
Read about the park's geology in the Maine Geological Survey's Geologic Fact and Locality guide Quaggy Jo Mountain, Aroostook State Park
If you are interested in learning about geology around the state, check ou the interactive web map and the Maine Geological Survey Searchable Database.
Land for Maine's Future This property was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine's Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed to this State Park.Learn more about LWCF.
- Boating (motorized)
- Cross-country skiing
- Hiking (trails)
- Walking (roads and paths)
- Watchable wildlife
- Camp only at established sites, many of which can be reserved in advance at www.campwithme.com.
- Observe wildlife from far enough away that they do not change their behavior: do not follow or feed animals. Avoid areas with nesting birds, dens or young animals (even those that appear abandoned).
- Keep pets on leash at all times and do not leave them unattended. Dogs are not allowed on the ski trails in the winter.
- Park rules prohibit use of intoxicating beverages.
- Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.
- Quiet in camping areas is required between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
- Rules and regulations are posted on the park bulletin board.
- See Rules for State Parks and Historic Sites
Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.
Trail Activities & Conditions for Aroostook State Park.
Natural Heritage Hikes are narratives that guide hikers through the rich ecological, geological, and cultural elements encountered on 25 of Maine's most popular hiking trails. These descriptions provide the hiker with the what, how, and why of the natural environments they are walking through. Natural Heritage Hike for Aroostook State Park - Quaggy Joe - South Peak Trail, North-South Peak Ridge, North Peak Trail. OR View the complete Natural Heritage Hikes listing.
Cross-country Ski Network at Maine Trail Finder allows you to see the ski trails at Aroostook State Park.
View the Maine Parks and Lands Event Calendar
- Picnic area
- Trailered boat launch
- See Visitor Accessibility
While daytime summer temperatures average about 68 F (20 Celsius) in northern Maine, evenings and gray days can be chilly. In winter, expect daytime temperatures around 18 F (-8 Celsius) and take extra care in snow and icy conditions.
Moving firewood can transport exotic insects & diseases that pose a serious threat to our forests. Don't transport firewood, buy it from a local source. Buy It Where You Burn It
In Late Spring and early summer, be prepared for mosquitoes, black flies and midges (no-see-ums).
Bring canoes, kayaks, bikes and fishing rods, there are many miles of water and trails to explore in the local area. There are local vendors that can set you up with rental equipment if needed.
Presque Isle, Maine
Aroostook State Park
87 State Park Road
Presque Isle, ME 04769
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Directions and Parking
Echo Lake, west off U.S. Route 1, south of Presque Isle
Haystack Mountain Hiking Trail
Located on Rt. 163, 4 miles west of Mapleton, a rugged .5 mile hike offering one of the best 360 dgree views of Aroostook County.
Maine Solar System Model
At forty miles (64.4 km) from Pluto in Houlton, to the Sun located on the campus of the University of Maine at Presque Isle, this is the largest complete three-dimensional scale model of the Solar System in the World.
Double Eagle II Memorial Park
Located 1.5 miles from Aroostook State Park, the Memorial marks the launch site of the first successful trans Atlantic balloon crossing, which took off 8:43 pm August 11, 1978.
North Maine Woods
3 million acres of privately owned timber land that is open to the public for recreational use.
Fort Kent State Historic Site
Built in 1839, bears the distinguished honor as one of Maine's few National Historic Landmarks, a testimony to its important role in securing the state and national border.
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Fishing regulations, seasons, regional information and more.