If you’ve ever spent an afternoon ambling in blueberry territory, you know the wild kind bears only a passing resemblance to its domesticated cousins. Maine’s wild blueberries are tinier, plumper, and packed with a flavor so bold and sweet it’s almost electrifying. And according to locals, there are few places wild blueberries grow better than on the sunny slopes of Moxie Bald Mountain, a 2,630-foot peak in Somerset County.
But it’s not just foragers who benefit from the area’s bounty. The cold, clear waters of nearby Bald Mountain Pond welcome paddlers and anglers from around the state. The pond is home to a rare population of freshwater arctic char—one of just a dozen such populations anywhere in the world. And hikers on the Appalachian Trail skirt the shore, taking in views of the summit reflected on the pond’s placid surface, and bedding down for a night in the sturdy hikers’ shelter just a few steps from the pond’s banks.