The Rangeley Lakes region in Franklin County, Maine is comprised of almost 99% forest and water. Six major lakes and hundreds of smaller bodies of water make up the base of Saddleback Mountain, a 4,120-foot behemoth of woodland. The area offers seasonal activities all year round, from swimming and boating in the summer to snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. The town of Rangeley grew tremendously as a result of tourism in the early 1900s, and has continued to be a summer resort and vacation destination to this day.
The land itself provides a bounty of activities for the restless. In the warmer months, hiking, picnicking and camping are popular among land lovers. There’s plenty of room to play ball, pitch a tent or explore. If you’re visiting in late spring to mid-summer or during the month of September, you can also go on a moose safari. Saddleback Mountain offers free moose watching tours during the summer months. The Rangeley Lake State Park is 900 acres of land around the lake, with a swimming area along the southern end. Besides swimming, visitors can go canoeing, kayaking or fishing in the lakes region. The Rangeley Region Lake Cruises provides a tour of the waterways in the area. If you want to head into town, the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum is an informative way to connect with the locals and learn more about the regional history of the town. The Wilhelm Reich Museum also provides insight into the life and work of a local. For another blast to the past, the Rangeley Lakes Historical Society, Rangeley Public Library and Oquossoc Log Church are all on the National Registrar of Historic Places. If you want to see a concert or show, check out Rangeley Friends of the Arts. There are also numerous ways of touring the area, from seaplane tours to hot air balloon tours. Take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view of Rangeley with Arcadian Seaplanes or Damn Yankee Balloons.
Take a day trip to Smalls Falls, where you’ll find a delightful waterfall and swimming hole right off Maine Route 4. It’s just a 15-minute drive from Rangeley. Rangeley, Maine is also so close to the border that tourists can easily drive into New Hampshire, Vermont or even Canada. For a day trip to Vermont, plan on traveling 100+ miles. It takes around 120 miles to get from Rangeley to Newport, Vermont, if you want to visit a quaint historic town in the heart of maple country. A trip to Sugarmill Farm will show you how maple syrup is made, and the historic downtown area is perfect for perusing museums and boutiques. Mount Washington in New Hampshire, 100 miles away, is the highest peak in the Northeastern United States. If Saddleback Mountain doesn’t seem quite tall enough, visit the most prominent mountain east of the Mississippi River. If you want to stay within state borders, Maine is riddled with pocket communities and historic towns to explore. Just 40 miles from Rangeley is Farmington, a town with a rich farming heritage. Rumford, also around 40 miles away, is especially popular during the winter thanks to its Black Mountain Ski Area. If you take an hour drive northeast, you’ll reach Bigelow Mountain Preserve, 36,000 acres of state-owned nature preserve that is one of the state’s proudest natural attractions.
The Rangeley Lakes area may be all about nature, but the town has seen over a century’s worth of tourism to know that “roughing it” may not be for everyone. That’s why the Rangeley Lakes region offers a variety of lodging options, from historic hotels to elegant B&Bs. You can rent an entire luxury home or even see what sporting camps are all about (think cabins accompanied by a main lodge).
Driving will be your best way into Rangeley, though walking will probably be your main form of transport once you’re in the area. There are private shuttle services available to transport visitors to nearby airports, bus stations and recreational sites. If you plan on taking a tour, there are also boats and seaplanes available for hire.
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