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Mount Kineo, Rockwood

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#28 of 76 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 km²), 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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  • It's a great hike to the top of Mount Kineo. Best to take the more scenic Indian Trail hiking up and the more wooded Bridle Trail back down. Took about 2 hours total for the up and back down. Pack a l...  more »
  • I have been here several times but wanted to bring some friends who haven't been to the area. As predicted, the foliage views from the fire tower were amazing. We had hikers of all abilities in our gr...  more »
  • Taking the ferry out to the island, choose one of the 2 trails to the top. We decided not to climb the fire tower as it looked a bit rickety – but the view on the climb up was just gorgeous!  more »

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