Greenville is a very small city in the Highlands region of Maine. It only has a year round population of 2,000 with a seasonal population of over 6,000.
There is no public transportation within 80 miles of Greenville, so most visitors arrive by car. The only road in and out of town is Route 6, but the locals call it Route 15. When you hear someone speak of Route 15, what they really mean is Route 6.
From Southern Maine and the Eastern Seaboard, the best route is to exit I-95 at Newport, then travel north on Route 7 to Dexter, north on Route 23 to Guilford, then west on Route 6 to Greenville. From Atlantic Canada, exit I-95 at Howland and follow Route 6 West. From the Western US, the quickest route is through Quebec - enter the US at Armstrong/Jackman and follow Route 6 East.
The only other way to reach Greenville is by private plane. To serve aircraft with wheels there is an airport a few miles east of town. If you arrive via seaplane (in the summer) or ski-plane (in the winter) you can land on the lake and dock your plane close to the center of town.
- Moosehead Marine Museum, Greenville(Near the center of town behind Camden National Bank, across the street from Shaw Public Library.), +1 207 695-2716, . Call for seasonal hours. Learn about the history of the region and the Katahdin (aka “the Kate”) at this small free museum next to where the Kate is moored.
- Katahdin Cruises, Greenville (Near the center of town behind Camden National Bank, across the street from Shaw Public Library). +1 207 695-271, . Call or go online for seasonal hours. Take a slow cruise on a National Landmark steamship that tours Moosehead, the largest lake in Maine. Narration is provided about many points of interest along the way and a working galley provides refreshments. Choose from a three, five, or eight hour cruise. No smoking, no pets, handicap accessible. Adult price $33-$38, senior price $29-$34, kids 11-16 $18-$21, kids under 11 $3-$5, 8 hour cruise $70 for all ages. Kids 10 and under must wear a life jacket (available on board).
- Currier's Flying Service, Greenville Junction. +1 207 695-2778, . Currier's has been providing seaplane tours since the early 1980s. The staff is friendly and accommodating, willing to work with you to provide you with the experience you're looking for. Choose from six sight seeing tours, including the Mount Katahdin Air Tour, $140 per person, Moosehead & Lobster Lake Air Tour, $85 per person, North Bay Air Tour, $75 per person, Kineo Mountain Air Tour, $60 per person, Squaw Mountain Air Tour, $35 per person, or Moose Watch Tours, $70, $95, or $140 depending on length of tour.
- Moosehead Mortorsports, 13 Moosehead Industrial Park, Greenville Junction, +1 207 695-2020, . Rent an ATV to see the region in one of the most popular local ways- on local logging trails. In this area, ATV's are a common sight in drive throughs (as long as the locals don't boycott every business that has one). Motorboat, personal watercraft, and snowmobile rentals are also available. Snowmobile rentals run from a mandatory pre-trip 8am orientation includes operating basics, safety and trail etiquette to 4:30PM. Rental rate is $200.00 per day, which includes sled with unlimited mileage, helmet and trail map and does not include gasoline or riding clothes. Advanced reservations are recommended.
- Northwoods Outfitters, 5 Lily Bay Rd, Greenville, 1-866-223-1380, . Rent a bike, canoe, kayak, skis, snowshoes, or snowmobile, or buy your own. Northwoods Outfitters also offers over thirty different outdoor adventure trips for people of all ages and skill levels. The store also sells outdoors equipment, clothes, shoes, gear, and houses a coffee and pastry shop. See website or call for specific rates.
- Northeast Guide Service 241 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, +1 207 787-4437, . The only white water rafting company located directly in Greenville. They offer white water Rafting, inflatable kayaking, and overnight rafting trips. See website or call for specific rates; rates depend on type, length, and number of people of trip.
- Jack's Air Service, 30 Hofbauer Dr. Greenville ME 04441, ☎ 207-695-3020. JAS is an FAA Approved Floatplane Charter Service in its 40 year of operation Serving Maine and Canada since 1971. There are 3 different tours available, a Local & Regional Scenic Tour ($30 per person), a Mt. Kineo & Northern Moosehead Lake tour (30-40 minutes, $55 per person) and a Mt. Katadin tour (1hr-10minutes, $110 per person). JAS also does charter flights to all the great fishing ponds, lakes and sporting camps with our own remote camp located on Horseshoe Pond. We also have a rental camp right on Moosehead next to the Airservice. edit
Festivals and Events
- West Cove Ice Racing Greenville Junction (Head to West Cove, which is the main way to get to the track.), +1 207 695-2702, . Saturday Afternoons starting mid to late January, subject to change depending upon weather and ice conditions. The only event of its kind in the state, and definitely something worth seeing. Auto racing enthusiasts race all afternoon on a quarter-mile track plowed into the snow on the ice of Moosehead Lake.
- International Sea Plane Fly In Greenville Junction ("You can see the planes from pretty much anywhere in town, but for an ariel view stop at Indian Hill or to get up close head over to West Cove"), +1 207 695-3631, . The 37th Annual Seaplane Fly-In will take place September 9-12 2010. The event got its start in 1973 when a few like-minded pilots decided to create a fly-in, and by 1995 it became a non-profit corporation to promote fellowship, personal contact, and unification among seaplane pilots as well as recreational and competitive events. Today, you can see many classic, experimental, and rare seaplanes at the annual fly-in. There is also a craft fair around the base each year for the families and tourists who come to see the event.
- MooseMania Greenville, +1 207 695-2421, . June 19, 2010. Each spring Moosehead Lake Region has a month long celebration honoring the moose. Activities include a canoe race, mountain bike race and tour, rowing regatta, craft fair, kids' fun day, and moose tales. There are demonstrations of moose calling, local artist interpretations of moose and moose themed food.
- Indian Hill Trading Post, Rt 15, Greenville (Top of hill overlooking Moosehead), + 1 207 695-2104 OR 1-800-675-4487, . The largest store in or near the town of Greenville. Indian Hill is a trading post for fishing, boating, hunting, outdoor enthusiasts, tourists and locals alike. From groceries to sporting supplies and boats to a 24 hour gas station, you can get geared up for any kind of outdoor adventure. Hunters can buy licenses, guns, bows and arrows, and knives, among other things. Hikers and campers can find any gear they need as well. There are plenty of souvenirs for tourists and clothing for shoppers, and many different kinds of rentals (canoe, kayak, etc).
- Kamp Kamp Moosehead Lake Indian Store, Greenville Center (Corner of Rt 15 and Pritham Ave), +1 207 695-0789, . Their motto is "Something for Everyone," which certainly describes this store. One of the most diverse stores in Greenville, Kamp Kamp sells small novelty toys such as Chinese handcuffs, fortune telling fish, magnetic rocks, noisemakers, and miniatures. They also sell knick-knacks, antiques, clothes, jewelry, hunting lodge accessories, souvenirs, and Indian and Northwoods trinkets.
- Mud Puddle Mercantile Pritham Ave, Greenville, (Located on Greenville's "main drag") +1 207 695- 4440.
One of many souvenir shops in Greenville offering Northwoods themed jewelry and gifts.
- Corner Shop Greenville Center, (Corner of Pritham Ave and Rt 15) +1 207 695- 2412. The Corner Shop is one of those something-for-everyone stores with less of a focus on the Northwoods and more on unique trinkets. Candles, wind chimes, knick-knacks, novelty signs, books, mugs, souvenirs, Vera Bradley-style quilted purses, a designated year-round Christmas section, hand made jewelry, and even home made fudge.
- The Black Frog, 17 Pritham Avenue, Greenville, (On the main drag in the heart of town), +1 207 695-1100, . A waterfront restaurant, bar, and hotel. The waterfront location is what sets this restaurant apart from others in Greenville. They offer either traditional dining inside or dining on a floating barge connected to the main building (also with a bar). Boaters can dock and eat as well. If you’re looking for something to do, take a ride on the Wing-It; the owner’s personal yacht that sails on sunset cruises for around $20 a person, weather and participants permitting early June through Fly-In weekend. the cruise departs at 4:30 pm and lasts for an hour and a half. After the cocktail cruise, when dinner is over and the bar is closed, you can head upstairs to one of two suites. $5- $25.
- Dairy Bar Pritham Avenue, Greenville (Across from Black Frog), +1 207 695-2921 Order at the on-street window for a quick bite to eat or an ice cream cone.
- Graves & Sons Seafood Pritham Avenue, Greenville (A little outside the heart of Greenville, down Pritham Ave), +1 207 695-2001. The restaurant to go to if you’re looking for more local color rather than the tourist-y side of Greenville. Just don’t offend the townies.
- Jamieson's (sandwich & pizza shop) Pritham Avenue, Greenville, +1 207 695-2201. Pretty much self-explanatory, although they do have the best subs and pizza in town. Then again, they're the only sub and pizza place in town.
- Flatlanders Pritham Avenue, Greenville, +1 207 695-3373.
- Moosehead Family Campground, Rt 15, Greenville (One mile south of Greenville/ Moosehead Lake), +1 695-2210 . The family atmosphere is stressed here, with an enforced quiet time from 10 pm to 7 am. Amenities include: tent and RV sites, a store, gameroom, playground, ice, firewood, phone, modem hookup and bathhouse and dressing area. On weekend and holiday mornings free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate is provided in the camp store. Pets Welcome. $20-$32 per night.
- Indian Hill Motel, 127 Moosehead Lake Rd. (Route 15) Greenville, ME 04442, ☎ (207) 695-2623, . Located across from the Indian Hill Trading Post and close to all the snowmobile trails. We offer clean and comfortable lodging. edit
- Blair Hill Inn +1 207 695-0224
- Cozy Moose Lakeside Maine Cabins on Moosehead Lake (Moosehead Cabin Rentals), Moosehead Lake Rd (Office: 451 Moosehead Lake Rd. | Lakeside Cabins: In Sandy Bay), ☎ 207-695-0242, . checkin: 3-6pm; checkout: 10am. Situated lakeside on Moosehead Lake in Greenville Maine, The Cozy Moose offers Maine lake and mountain adventures. Boat dock, canoe rentals, sandy beach, mountain views, & amazing lake sunsets. Walk in swimming beach, boat dock, jetski, fishing, white water raft, moose watching, moose tours, hiking trails, ATV trails and rentals, snowmobile rentals, snowmobile lodging, ice fishing, cross country skiing & more. Starting at US $130 Per Night. starts 130. edit
- Kineo View Motor Lodge, Rt 15, Greenville (Three miles south of Greenville/ Moosehead Lake), +1 207 695-4470 . This is the place to stay if you desire a view. The lodge is set high up on a hill and has a landscape view of Moosehead Lake from every room. Each room has two double beds, a balcony, a full bath, in room phone, color TV, and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. Free breakfast mornings from Memorial Day weekend through October 12. $69- $109 per night Depending on day and season (suites available for $179).
- Chalet Moosehead Lakefront Motel, 12 North Birch Street, Greenville Junction ME, 04442, ☎ (207) 695-3937, . Clean and comfortable lodging rooms with queen beds or double beds and optional Jacuzzi tub. Pet friendly options are available. edit
- The Lodge at Moosehead Lake, 368 Lily Bay Road, ☎ 207-695-4400, . checkin: 5 pm; checkout: 9 am. Surrounded by woods with stunning lake views. $195-$680. (,1 night) edit