KINGFIELD — The third of a dozen planned shelters along a western Maine trail is under construction.

The nonprofit Maine Huts and Trails says work’s under way on Grand Falls Hut, above the banks of the Dead River about two miles below the Grand Falls.

Twelve backcountry huts are planned along 180 miles of nonmotorized trails in Maine’s western mountains region. The third one is slated for completion late this year.

While they’re called huts, the structures are actually much more than that. Each offers a main lodge, private rooms for group accommodations, soft mattresses and pillows on each bed, hot showers, toilets, gear-drying rooms and healthy home-cooked meals. A night’s lodging with dinner and breakfast costs under $100 for adults and under $50 for children.

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