Ideal location on the peaceful and beautiful Lake Hebron in the charming town of Monson. Enjoy easy access to nearby Moosehead or Sebec Lakes without the crowds and noise or extra cost. Located on the gorgeous and desirable Indian Point area of Lake Hebron, the Finch Camp is a historic cabin situated on an oversized lot with a lovely and serene adjacent private lakeside area. The two-story was the first to be built on Lake Hebron more than 100 years ago, and has been updated to add modern comforts while still retaining its rustic charm. The cabin has peekaboo lake views through the trees and our neighboring camp and is just steps away from our dock on Lake Hebron. Our private lakeside area is in a beautiful grassy clearing nestled among the trees and adjacent to our camp, with two Old Town kayaks and a 15 foot Old Town canoe that guests may use to explore the magical Lake Hebron. There are also plenty of lawn chairs, relaxing chaise lounges and a cedar picnic table. The dock is perfect for swimming, fishing, or mooring your own watercraft. Staying at the Finch Camp is a throwback to earlier times, with delicious fresh spring water provided via an antique hand-pumped well in front of the camp and running water inside. It has a large country kitchen with a gas oven/stove. The large living room has an oversized fireplace and a nice heating system that does a great job warming the camp in the spring and fall. (We close up the camp in the winter.) We also keep an acoustic guitar at the camp and several sing-along song books. The large wraparound porch includes a three burner propane BBQ grill and a relaxing screened area if the bugs come out. It is a pleasant walk to the quaint town of Monson or the nearby Appalachian Trail access, and a short 13 mile ride to Moosehead Lake where you might spot a moose! There are many terrific activities in the area, including waterfalls, hiking trails, river rafting, guided moose safaris, blueberry farms, nearby lakes and streams, antique shops, and much more. Staying at Lake Hebron provides a nice and relaxing family lakeside experience without the crowds you'll find in Greenville, while still being just a stone's throw from Moosehead Lake so you can partake in the many outdoor activities in the area. The ideal seasons to visit are late spring through mid-fall. Late spring is great for fishing and relaxing; summer is wonderful for swimming, hiking, fishing, kayaking, grilling, etc.; and early to mid-fall provides a quieter time to visit to soak in the stunning fall colors, crisp weather, and peaceful tranquility of the lake. Lake Hebron is known by locals to be one of the most beautiful and serene of the many Lakes in the area. Monson is a very friendly town, with several wonderful local restaurants and new art galleries. Monson has long been recognized as a stopover for hikers on the final leg of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail -- it is the last stop before the famous (and grueling) 100 Mile Wilderness hike to finish the trail. It is one of only 21 official Appalachian Trail Communities recognized by the Appalachian Trail Conservancy along the trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. Please feel free to text if you have any questions about the rental or the area. Thanks!! - Dave F.
4 bedrooms + large kitchen + roomy porch + canoe/kayaks + guitar + new heater
- Calendar last updated:
- 28 Nov 2018
About David Finley
I am the grandson of Charles Finch, who purchased the camp in 1947 as his hunting getaway. The property has been in our family ever since. When most of the family moved out of the area we decided to begin renting it out from late spring to early fall while still using it for personal use periodically. It is a very special camp in a wonderful location. We appreciate your interest in visiting the Finch Camp.
David Finley purchased this Cabin in 1947
Why David Finley chose Monson
I spent many wonderful summers at this camp as a child. I have fond memories of Lake Hebron, chasing bullfrogs, fishing for trout or perch in the quiet lake, hiking the many trails, or taking a short trip to pick wild blueberries in the countryside. The summer days were sunny with occasional thunderstorms that we rode out playing games in the comfortable cabin with a large fire in the living room. We often took the short walk into town, stopping along the way to observe loons on the lake and watch in awe as occasional wandering moose passed by. We'd also take the short drive to Greenville to shop and dine or explore the expansive Moosehead Lake recreation area just a few miles up the road. Spending time in Monson is like returning to simpler times in a very magical place.
What makes this Cabin unique
In addition to spending relaxing time at the camp swimming, fishing, and exploring Lake Hebron, the area has many wonderful activities to choose from. A typical visit might include hiking up the unbelievable Mt. Kineo island in Moosehead Lake (a definite bucket list item), picking blueberries, taking a guided moose viewing Safari by canoe in many of the local moose habitats in the area, hiking to local waterfalls via the nearby Appalachian Trail (the trail access in Monson is just a short walk from our camp), fishing in the abundant local lakes and streams, or taking a peaceful canoe ride on the many rivers and ponds in the area (including Lake Hebron). At nearby Moosehead Lake (the largest lake in New England), you can take a trip around the lake on the historic Katahdin steamship, fish for a variety of species of trout and lake salmon, have an enjoyable meal on deck overlooking the lake at popular Kelly's Landing, take a thrilling and absolutely gorgeous seaplane ride above the lake, or simply visit the many shops and restaurants in Greenville, the gateway town to the lake which also has an abundance of guide services available for your many possible adventures.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
This rustic cabin is beautiful! It was all I hoped it would be. It was a quiet vacation without any interruptions. The fall foliage, crisp air and scenic lake were just mesmerizing! The cabin is rustic: creaky floors, old time screen doors and vintage furnishing reminded me of childhood in my grandfather’s cabin. We LOVED it! We had beautiful canoe trips around the lake listening to the majestic loon call. The fireplace set the ambiance for quiet evenings with the family. I cannot say enough about this cabin which harkens to the days of old and simpler times.
It was a quick trip to Moosehead lake and the town of Greenville where there are plenty of tourist attractions to be had. Traveling north is the remote backwoods country with beautiful views and abounding nature. There is a memorial to a B-52 crash site which is also worth the trip. Hiking along the Appalachian Trial is just around the corner and offers great chances to see wildlife.
David was an absolute pleasure to rent from. He is very accommodating and was quick to respond to our questions. We will certainly be staying here again!
Thanks Michael. Fall is definitely a special time to visit Monson and the Moosehead Lake region. I'm glad you liked our camp and had a nice visit. Dave F.
Charming Cabin in a Quaint Little Corner of Maine
We, thoroughly, enjoyed our stay at your cabin. It had an old charm, but included everything we needed to make our stay comfortable and relaxing. The beds were comfortable, and the rooms were plenty spacious. We enjoyed lots of family time at the kitchen table, eating and playing games. As well, we enjoyed family time on the farmers porch, which also gave us a pretty view of the lake. The sitting area beside the lake, located across the camp road, adjacent to the cabin, was peaceful. The lake is beautiful, and provided us with some beautiful sunsets. Our stay was totally enjoyable. Thank you for sharing your little treasure.
Thank you LouAnn. We're glad you enjoyed your stay! - Dave
What a beautiful place! Simply amazing!!
We had such an awesome time at the Finch Camp! Being a family of 4 adults and 4 children we were worried about the space but it wasn't a concern. Plenty of room and so much to do! We used the canoe and the kayaks, the firepit & even the cornhole game! We hiked Borestone Mountain and visited Moosehead Lake in Greenville and the surrounding areas. Thank you for such a wonderful experience in Maine! We will never forget it!!
Quiet, friendly lake community
Very solid, large vintage camp. Plenty of room for a family to spread out. Great place to "do nothing" but relax by the water or read a book on the porches. People stopped by to chat when we were on the porches, their enthusiasm for the area was infectious. The beds were very comfy and upstairs we could not hear anyone downstairs. The kitchen is very large and comfortably sits 8. Two large, new fans were provided for the upstairs, if you are coming in a rare heat wave think about bringing 2 more for the downstairs bedrooms. We found it clean, with typical rental furniture. The claw foot tub was very cool for the younger of us, but difficult for my 74 year old mom to get in and out of. The water part of the property is a short walk to the right front of the house, not a direct view, bit a very large space to enjoy. A canoe and 2 large kyacks areally provided. The best part of this trip was spending hours on the quiet lake exploring. There is a firepit and dock for fishing. Not a sandy gradual beach, but a nice jump off the dock. We only spent 3 days here, but the relaxing benefit was like we were here for a week!
Lovely, updated camp.
Great, upscale, quiet area. Perfect for the relaxing get-away I was looking for. There is room for a large family and activities if desired.
Thank you for sharing your camp. Regards, Lorri
Thanks for the review. I chuckle when I hear you describe the area as "upscale" but I think I know what you mean. The town of Monson is a classic rural Northern Maine town with fewer than 700 permanent residents. Until recently, the local economy was hurt by the closure in 2010 of its biggest industry, the Moosehead Furniture Company. But in the past few years, the town has begun to see a comeback due to the influx of investment in the small lakeside downtown area and development of a private art academy in the town. This has brought a few new establishments, including a nice new general store and a dinner restaurant which joined popular existing eateries the Lakeshore House and Spring Creek BBQ. The town is still a quiet, friendly, charming, and unpretentious place to visit, with a mix of hikers (coming through the Appalachian Trail), local residents and friendly seasonal visitors.
This place is incredible! Walking into the cabin is like waking on to the set of antiques roadshow. I thought my mom was going to pass out from excitement. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The lake is beautiful! We saw a moose and a large white tail deer, not to mention the countless loons, eagles and blue herons. All the pretty birds come with a price though, fishing isn’t great. If fishing is your main goal don’t spend all your time on lake Hebron. Other than that this place is totally worth it! Don’t forget to go to the general store and pub in town!
Thanks for your nice review. Isn't it magical to see eagles and moose in the wild?? They area such majestic creatures. Regarding fishing, I would note that there are still fish in Lake Hebron but it is a little slower in the hot summer months. We've had a lot of luck fishing for nice (and tasty) white perch on a boat or canoe about 25-35 yards off the eastern shore of the island in the middle of the lake (a short paddle from our dock) at sunrise or after the sun goes down. The summer months are not very good for trout fishing in the lake (better in winter and early spring or late fall) although I do understand that they plant trout in Lake Hebron earlier in the summer. (Best chance for trout in the summer is to find a few of the deeper sections of the lake - which you can identify by searching Lake Hebron's depth chart map online.) There is also great fishing in the many other lakes, ponds, streams and rivers in the area, including wonderful nearby fly fishing. Consider using one of the guide services up in Greenville, who will take you out for an amazing day of fishing and give you access to the hot spots in the area.
Monson is located on the wonderfully scenic Moosehead Trail, very close to the recreation area at Greenville and Moosehead Lake, 13 miles to the north. The Monson and the Moosehead Lake Recreation area offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, hunting, moose safaris, river rafting, mountain climbing, kayaking, etc. Monson's lake, Lake Hebron, is a wonderful lake for fishing, canoeing, bird watching (loons!), kayaking, hiking and relaxing, and is also close to the 100 Mile Wilderness Conservation Area. Monson is a well-known stopover for hikers on the Appalachian Trail, with a trailhead right in town and several famous hiker hostels and suppliers in town. The town is much more relaxed and less crowded than nearby Greenville (but still easily accessible for its many shops and restaurants), and offers more affordable vacation rentals. Located at the end of Indian Point Loop along the shore of Lake Hebron, the Finch Camp offers a rustic, historic two story cabin with a wide wraparound porch that originated as an early 20th Century hunting lodge. In fact, it was the first cabin built on Lake Hebron in the late 1800s. We've restored it so it is comfortable for modern visitors, but retains all of its rustic charm. The cabin is located one mile from the town of Monson -- a pleasant walk or jog along the Shore road, or a very short drive by car or boat. The cabin is equipped with nearly 100 DVD movies, a wide sreen tv with several clear HD local channels (but no cable), plus games and puzzles. We've chosen not to install Wi-Fi because we enjoy disconnecting from the real world a bit when we visit and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the camp. Note that regular cell service is pretty decent from the camp, especially upstairs or on the porch, so you're still connected if needed. Free Wi-Fi is available if needed at the restaurants and cafes in town or in nearby Greenville.
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Dogs and other pets are normally not allowed. However small, well trained dogs may be allowed on a case by case basis, with an additional cleaning fee and a refundable deposit. Please contact the owner in advance to discuss the pet policy.