North Maine Woods

KI Jo-Mary

For campsite reservations, please call one of the appropriate checkpoints below:

Katahdin Ironworks Checkpoint:  207-965-8135
Jo Mary Checkpoint:                  207-723-8944
Hedgehog Checkpoint:               207-554-0464

Screw Auger Falls

Gulf Hagas

The Gulf Hagas area is part of the Appalachian Trail corridor, which is federally owned and managed under the auspices of the National Park Service (NPS) and the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC). Gulf Hagas is a primitive area and help for lost or injured hikers may be many hours and miles away. Inexperienced or ill-prepared hikers and families with young children should be cautious about tackling the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail, which is a difficult and often slippery hike. Consider stopping at the Hermitage, a beautiful old growth pine stand owned by the Nature Conservancy, or at Screw Auger Falls.

You can access Gulf Hagas from Hay Brook, where there is a small parking area. It is a short distance from the parking area to the West Branch of the Pleasant River. The river is about 150 feet wide at the trail crossing point. There is no bridge. In the summer; the current is usually mild and the water usually about knee deep (for an adult of average height). In the spring, and following heavy rains, the current is swifter and the water deeper. The Hermitage is about ½ mile from the parking lot. Screw Auger Falls is about a mile beyond the Hermitage. The trail is moderately difficult.

Before you hike the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail, you should have a trail map, which can be purchased at the checkpoints, or a USGS topo sheet, and a compass. Sturdy footwear (not sandals or sneakers) appropriate seasonal clothing and an adequate supply of food and water are strongly recommended. From Screw Auger Falls, the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail is about 3 miles to the junction with the old Pleasant River Tote Road. This section of trail is considered difficult and rocks can be quite slippery. From the junction of the Rim Trail and the Tote Road, it’s about 2 miles of moderately difficult hiking along the Tote Road back to Screw Auger Falls.

The Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) is a volunteer organization, dedicated to managing, protecting and maintaining the 267 miles of the trail from Grafton Notch to Mt. Katahdin. These volunteer citizens work hard to maintain the trails and signs in Gulf Hagas. Signs and trail markers may seem like tempting souvenirs, but theft and vandalism are illegal and rude. It spoils the natural beauty of the area and can result in other hikers losing their way - a serious threat to their personal safety. Search and rescue efforts are costly for Maine taxpayers and dangerous for the searcher.

Please do not steal signs or cut down trees along the trail. You are responsible not only for your own safety, but for the safety of others; be considerate of those who follow.

Ki-Jo Mary Rates, Fees and Checkpoints


May opening to October

Ki-Jo Mary Rates and Fee Schedule (Cash or Check ONLY)
Per Day $9.00 $14.00
Day Use Season Registration $75.00 $90.00
Under 18 and 70 and over Free Day Use Free Day Use
Camping Per Night $12.00 + the Per Day fee $12.00 + the Per Day fee
Camping Under 18 Free Free

NOTE:  Checkpoints ONLY accept cash or checks
NOTE:  Anyone traveling through Jo Mary to access the Nahmakanta unit will be charged the day use fee as shown above.  Anyone staying overnight
 within the Nahmakanta unit will be charged a day use fee for the day they enter the unit and for the day they exit the unit (regardless the length of stay within the unit). 

Recreationists traveling by vehicle will pass through one of the checkpoints. Please refer to our map for locations. The following list will identify them for you.


All checkpoints will operate from 6AM to 9PM daily, seven days a week throughout the entire season. Jo-Mary Checkpoint will also be open until 10 PM Friday and Saturdays.

KIJM Checkpoints


Ki-Jo Mary Regulations


The rules and regulations of the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest are few and simple. Your cooperation and good common sense will help us keep them that way.

  1. Every visitor must log in and out at one of the checkpoints on each visit.
  2. Drive slowly and carefully. Watch for trucks and pull over. TRUCKS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY.
  3. Be careful with fire. Build fires only in the authorized fire rings provided.
  4. Camp only at the area reserved for you.
  5. Whenever you stop, pull as far off the road as you can conveniently. Do not block side roads; even unused roads many be needed in case of fire or other emergency.
  6. Do not leave trash at your campsite or along the roads and waters. Please carry your trash out.


No mobile homes are allowed to be use by recreational visitors. Only single vehicles less than 28 feet in length or combined vehicle and trailer less than 44 feet in length will be allowed entrance. Large recreational trailers may be required to travel at certain low traffic hours through any KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest Checkpoint if so requested by the checkpoint receptionist.


Four wheel drive vehicles are permitted in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest as along as they do not travel through the woods but stay on the roads and old rights of way.


No bicycles, motorcycles, trail bikes, all-terrain vehicles or horses of any type are allowed at any time of the year in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest area. This is necessary for logging road safety and to avoid fire hazards in hard to reach locations.


Forethought and a little preparation are key elements to a successful and enjoyable camping experience. This holds equally true for your trash as it does for your camping equipment and supplies.
Maine is facing a solid waste crisis that does not exclude the KI Jo-Mary Multiple forest. The problems of waste disposal persist even as we are on vacation. As a result, visitors are urged to reduce the amount of waste brought into the area.
The following waste reduction tips can be used while camping and at home. Part of waste reduction is the assurance that we as individuals and families are working toward a cleaner and safer environment to live and camp in.


  • Avoid individually packaged items such as cheese “singles”, individually packaged hamburger patties, juice boxes, fruit and pudding packets…
  • Purchase powdered soft drinks so that cans, bottles and foil lined boxes aren’t used.
  • Purchase foods in bulk to eliminate redundant packaging.
  • Avoid disposable items such as razors, lighters, flashlight, “glow rods”, butane cylinders, sterno cans, pop in the bag popcorn…
  • Use long lasting and reusable items such a ceramic, metal, or rigid plastic mugs, bowls, and cutlery, liquid fuel stoves and lanterns…
  • If you need plastic to keep clothes and books dry, use durable plastic that can be used again and again.
  • Plastic film canisters are great for carrying salt, pepper, cinnamon, matches, lens paper…
  • Purchase bottles and cans that are redeemable and be sure to redeem them.
  • Wax paper can be used instead of plastic wrap to store food items. Unlike plastic, wax paper burns cleanly.
  • Cheesecloth soaked in paraffin can be used to protect foods such as cheese. (It also makes a good fire starter and burns cleanly.).
  • Butane cylinders are dangerous wastes to handle because they are bulky and explosive. Use liquid fuel stoves and lanterns.



North Maine woods has a “carry-in, carry-out” policy for solid waste. Certain steps on your part will help keep your trash bag clean and odor free.

  • Keep cans and jars clean.
  • Crush cans so they take up less space.
  • Food waste should be kept separate from other wastes to reduce odors.

A messy and smelly trash bag attracts animals. Keep yourself and your equipment safe by keeping animals away.


Some materials burn nicely such as paper egg cartons, paper bags, and most other paper or wood products.
Some materials burn incompletely in a campfire. Temperatures in a campfire are not hot enough for complete combustion of plastics - especially styrofoam. Please, pack these materials out with you when you leave.
Some materials don’t burn at all in a campfire. Glass, aluminum, tin, batteries, and food stuff just don’t burn in a campfire. Employees are forced to clean out fire rings of these unburned residues before other patrons arrive. Definitely, pack these materials out when you leave.
This is what makes sense today. Most everyone is doing it. Please join in. By Maine law there is a maximum fine of $100. for littering.

Ki-Jo Mary Campsites

Ki-Jo Mary Campsites

Camping is allowed only in the more than 60 authorized campsites. The checkpoint receptionists will gladly assist you in choosing a location when you register. Fees will vary according to the number in your party and the length of your stay. A fire place, picnic table, and privy are located at each campsite. The sites are primitive and well spread out. You will find solitude, good fishing, good hunting, fresh air, clean water, good times, and many other outdoor activities if this is what appeals to you. There is no running water or electricity. Campsites are maintained weekly. We ask that you carry out the refuse you carry in. Occasionally a campsite may be discontinued. Such closure allows the natural environment to recover from the impacts of frequent and concentrated activity.

No party will be allowed to camp more than two weeks in one location. No trailer, tent, or other equipment is to be stored on any campsite. Items left unattended for more than three consecutive days may be removed at the expense of the owner. If primitive camping is not appealing to you, you may stay at one of the sporting camps in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest. Campsite reservations are not required, but recommended for Friday and Saturday nights. Requests should be made at least one month in advance. For the areas served by the KI and Hedgehog checkpoints, call the KI checkpoint at 207-965-8135. For areas served by the Jo-Mary and Henderson Brook checkpoints, call the Jo-Mary checkpoint at 207-723-8944.


You are welcome to use dead and down wood for your fire at an authorized location. Extreme caution is always the rule. Remember a small fire is best for cooking and a DEAD fire is best when unattended. All outside fires must be within the steel fire rings provided at the authorized campsites. Building your own rock fireplaces is not permitted. By Maine law, it is illegal and punishable by a $50.00 fine to have an unauthorized cooking or warming fire, or for leaving any fire unattended.


All fish and wildlife inquiries for regulations or licenses can be directed to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04333. Regional offices are also located in Greenville 207 695-3756 and Bangor 207 941-4440.