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Mount Kineo, Rockwood

#30 of 77 in Nature in Maine
Mount Kineo, situated beside Moosehead Lake in Maine, is in the northern Maine forest, which stretches north to Canada. Kineo is a peninsula, comprising 1,150 acres (4.7 kmĀ²), which extends from the easterly shore into the lake. Mt. Kineo, with 700ft cliffs rising straight up from the water, is a dramatic setting that has attracted visitors for centuries.Native Americans once traveled great distances to Mt. Kineo to acquire its rhyolite rock. The mountain is said to contain one of the largest formations of rhyolite in the world. This rhyolite is evidence of an igneous (volcanic) phase although the mountain formation also contain slate and sandstone demonstrating sedimentary and metaphoric history as well. The mechanical properties of the rhyolite on Mount Kineo exhibits the physical properties of flint and was used extensively by indigenous peoples to make arrowheads and implements and thus, has often been referred to as "Kineo flint" in literature; but this term misleads by implication that the rhyolite is a cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz derived from a sedimentary origin. The rhyolite is actually an igneous extrusive material implying a volcanic phase that created the unique properties of this highly sought after material. Being the country's largest known mass of this rock, once used by Indians to craft arrowheads, hatchets, chisels, etc., Indian implements made from the stone have been found in all parts of New England and even further south, it is evident that various tribes visited Mt. Kineo for centuries to obtain this material.
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  • August 2, 2017
    This hike and view from the firetower is definitely a gem in the Moosehead lakes region. I took the the Indian trail which had views of the region most of the way up followed by a desent down the nort...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    Ferry is $14 round trip. A little pricey but worth it. The hike up Indian trail is extremely difficult with several areas that you are scaling the rock on all fours. Beware if you have young kids. I f...  more »
  • August 2, 2017
    The golf course on Mt. Kineo is unique. The park trails etc. have a good variety of difficulty. Awesome views! The snack bar in the club house is just that. Snacks and a few sandwiches. Pricey but goo...  more »

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