TOWNSHIP 1, RANGE 12 — There is no noise from traffic at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s new lodge beside Second Roach Pond, north of Greenville. No cell service, no stores nearby, no high-tech conveniences.

It’s your classic Maine sporting camp – located deep in the woods beside a lake with plenty of loons – with one catch. Unlike AMC’s two historic lodges in the Maine woods, this one is practically new and opened July 1.

Inside the Medawisla Lodge and Cabins, the rustic pine lodge smells of fresh cut wood. It could pass for a modern mountain home in a glossy magazine.

“The place is new and it doesn’t have the character some other Maine sporting camps have, but that won’t last long,” said Larry Chambers of Antrim, New Hampshire, who visited Medawisla Lodge with his wife, Jen. “Eventually, there will be stories here, too. Right now it’s just the beginning.”

The sporting camp tradition in Maine is rich, dating to the 1800s. Today, Maine has 59 traditional sporting camps that belong to the Maine Sporting Camp Association, some that have been run by the same family for three or four generations.

The Boston-based Appalachian Mountain Club came to the Maine woods 15 years ago to join this tradition. Founded in 1876, the organization first held meetings in Maine in 1887. Its Maine chapter was started in 1956 and today has 5,000 members.