Welcome to Houlton
Houlton is the county seat of Aroostook and is known as “Shiretown.” This is the point where U. S. Route 2 begins (or ends), and it is here that the Pine Tree Trail heads north on U. S. Route 1. Houlton serves as the headquarters of the federally recognized Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.
This town is a major service center for Southern Aroostook County and surrounding areas. With a border crossing here, it is a frequent destination for Canadian shoppers. And as the Aroostook County seat, it serves those needing to take care of county business.
Friendly people and a beautiful landscape make Houlton a great place to stop and rest or stay for a few days to enjoy the peace and tranquility that only Maine can deliver!
Events & Activities
The end of June invites folks to the fairgrounds for the BBQ and Music Fest. Great food, great bands, and delicious brews beckon all to come be part of a summertime staple in the Shiretown.
Every summer, people flock to the Houlton Agricultural Fair, which takes place in early July. After a long winter and spring, what a great way to welcome the warm weather!
The County is known for its “Dark Skies” that make for perfect stargazing. And for those who love space, Aroostook County has a to-scale model of our solar system. You can pick it up in Houlton and follow it for 40 miles through the County.
Sponsored by the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, the Black Fly Brewfest is a chance for those who enjoy the quaff to take part in a festival surrounded by rural Maine beauty.
Houlton’s grand buildings stand to this day as a testimony of the beauty and class of “days gone by” buildings. Character, strength, and attention to detail are embodied in the buildings from days past that still stand in modern times. Market Square Historic District is a great place to start your viewing; click link below to check it out!
The Aroostook Riders ATV Club maintain the trails in the area.
Aroostook County is one of the premiere destinations in the northeast for one of wintertime’s favorite sports. The Houlton area has two clubs nearby, including the Sno Rovers in Hodgdon and the Sno Sports just south in the Pine Tree Trail town of Linneus.
The Southern Bangor and Aroostook Trail is a nearly 40-mile abandoned railbed that is used by hikers, bikers, and walkers.
The Meduxnekeag River Trail starts at Meduxnekeag River Park and follows the river. Great for both hiking and biking, the beautiful scenery and peaceful surroundings will make this trek one you will remember.
The Meduxnekeag River Canoe Race takes place in early May, and draws around 100 participants each year. Along with the race, many more activities are planned.
Pine Tree Trailblazers
Hogan Tire has one of their businesses here in Houlton. Thanks to their support of donating to pay for Maine DOT signs, and others like them, the nearly 500-mile Pine Tree Trail will be recognized once again.
30 Rice St.
249 W. Broadway St.
84 Water St.
135 Bangor St.
257 North St.
Visitors to Houlton have several choices of motels and hotels to spend the night (or several!). Clean, comfortable rooms and pleasant amenities will make you feel welcome and ready to kick back and relax.
There is a campground close to everything for those who like to bring their accommodations with them!
Houlton has much to offer in the way of eateries. From fast food to relaxing, dine-in establishments, hungry patrons have much to choose from here. The wide array of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and bakeries allows a group of people to find something that will satisfy everyone’s taste and leave nothing lacking.
Located at 49 North St, Houlton Riverfront Park on the Meduxnekeag River has received rave reviews from those who have visited it.
If you like to pamper yourself while you are out-n-about in town, there are places to have your hair and nails done as well as a few barber shops to get that perfect cut or trim.
For those who like to shop, Houlton is a great place to spend some time...and money! From quaint, personal shops to larger establishments, we bet you’ll be hard pressed NOT to find something that “you just gotta have!”
Houlton has its own international airport that sits on the the border of New Brunswick, Canada. The airport has two runways and has fuel available for those who want to visit for the day. Car rentals are available locally!
Dial 911 for emergency services
Town Of Houlton: (207) 532-7111
Cary Library: (207) 532-1302