Since the regional effort began a decade ago to build Mt. Agamenticus in York [Maine] into more of an outdoor recreation area, more and more people have discovered it to enjoy birding, mountain biking, hiking, hunting and simply as a place to watch the setting sun.

A birding platform was built to enhance the annual spring and fall hawk migration. The old ski lodge was turned into a natural history center. In 2011 the trees at the top were cleared to create diverse wildlife habitat and, at the same time, open up one incredible view at the top of this 692-foot mountain.

Now up to 40,000 people visit Mt. Agamenticus annually, according to Robin Kerr, the site’s conservation coordinator. And next on tap: a mile-long trail allowing universal access to those with mobility disabilities around the summit.

Read about improvements on Maine’s Mount Agamenticus.