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Greenville, ME, USA

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Spotting moose in Maine

The small town of Greenville lies on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake, the largest body of water in the state, stretching for almost 40 miles. The town swells in population during the summer months, with visitors descending upon the area to hike around the lake, go fishing, and stay in one of the Greenville vacation rentals. It's not called Moosehead for nothing, and the area is one of the best places to spot these gentle giants in Maine. The annual Moose Mainea festival honors these beasts with activities like moose calling, guided moose safaris, and moose cuisine.

Adventure all year round

If you are lucky enough to nab one of the Greenville vacation rentals, then setting off to explore the lake is a must. Several adventure companies offer a range of activities taking guests on guided hiking trips, kayaking excursions, and fishing adventures. If you have deep pockets, consider taking a flight to the more remote areas of the lake by seaplane and enjoy aerial views over the countryside. During the winter, the lake freezes over and the landscape of glistening snow and ice lends itself well to cross-country skiing, skating, and dogsledding trips.

Delving into the region

There are plenty of cultural attractions and events to see near Greenville vacation rentals. The Moosehead Marine Museum is dedicated to history of the region and during the summer takes guests on cruises across the lake on board a steamboat. If you stay in one of the Greenville vacation rentals during mid-September, you can see dozens of seaplanes taking part in an international competition while motorheads can get their fix watching brave souls racing novelty cars and trucks across the ice during the early months of the year.

An area with distinct seasons

The climate here is typical of the Maine highlands. Spring is warm and sunny, though the evenings are still chilly. Being so much quieter than the high season, this is a great time for spotting wildlife. During summer, weekenders come to town to swim and hike around the lake. Fall is the low season, though it's still a wonderfully peaceful and colorful time to explore the area. Tourism picks up again during the winter months when the lake is frozen over and a whole host of snowy adventure activities are on offer.

Moosehead Lake teems with wildlife

Other than moose, there is a surprisingly large variety of fauna in and around Moosehead Lake. Black bears are known to roam around in the nearby forests, while coyotes and foxes slink along the lake's shores. While you stay at one of the lakeside Greenville vacation rentals, you might very well hear the hooting of owls at night. When crossing the lake on kayaks, herons and kingfishers can be seen gliding just above the surface of the water, while hawks and bald eagles circle overhead in search of prey.