Appalachian Trail Community Emblem

Monson is an official Appalachian Trail Community

Designated July 21, 2012.
Click here to read the official Proclamation.
Read the congratulatory letters from
US Senator Susan Collins
Former US Senator Olympia Snowe

(Please note: Signatures have been intentionally blocked out. Original documents are available for viewing in the Monson AT Visitor Center.)

From the Bangor Daily News:

Monson named the first Maine Appalachian Trail Community

Monson celebrates certification as 21st Appalachian Trail Community

From the Appalachian Trail Conservancy:


Appalachian Trail Community Sign, Monson Maine
AT Community Sign
Hiram the Hiker
Hiram the Hiker
Hiram the Hiker

Hiram stood sentinel at Shaw’s Hiker Hostel in Monson during the 1970s and 1980s. He is a symbol of the role the Appalachian Trail has played in the culture and identity of the Town of Monson. There’s a “tall tale” that he lost his hand in an encounter with a bear, but was determined to keep hiking nonetheless—an inspiration to all!

Two hikers pass by a White Blaze on the AT
Two hikers pass by a White Blaze. Photo courtesy of A.Trader