| Kingfield, Me | more info
April 1, 2010 | Statewide, Me | more info
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The unspoiled mountain vistas, placid lakeshores and majestic forests of Western Maine offer visitors plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, museum visits and hiking.
Highlights: bicycling, foliage viewing, golf, hiking trails, lake, pond, river views, mountain views, skiing, state/national park, wildlife
Once a route marked by swift-moving rivers flowing through the mountain valley, the Grafton Notch scenic byway begins in Newry, just north of the Sunday River Ski Area, and travels along Route 26 to Grafton Notch State Park and Lake Umbagog, which crosses the New Hampshire border. This byway follows along the Bear River for much of the trip.
Highlights: beaches, swimming holes, bicycling, boating, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, foliage viewing, hiking trails, historical landmarks, lake, pond, river views, mountain views, skiing, snowmobiling, state/national park, wildlife
The Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway derives its name from the Sokokis Indian tribe that once inhabited the Saco River Valley. Visitors can discover the local work of artisans and craftsmen, experience sustainable working farms, historic villages, and view abundant wildlife in pristine habitats. Along the journey the Saco River and the Mountain Division Rail meander parallel to the byway, which runs between Standish and Fryeburg, offering swimming, fishing and kayaking, or cross county skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling. The White Mountain National Forest offers unparalleled scenic vistas, and provides miles of world class hiking and climbing for all levels of enthusiasts.
Highlights: bicycling, boating, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, foliage viewing, golf, hiking trails, lake, pond, river views, mountain views, skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife
This drive follows Routes 17 and 4, wrapping around Rangeley Lake. The route follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains before dropping into rolling hills and valleys. The Height of Land on Route 17 is the centerpiece of this scenic drive, offering breathtaking views of Mooselookmeguntic and Upper Richardson Lakes. Travelers can expect to spot moose which frequent the grassy roadsides. This region also provides stunning views of fall foliage.
Highlights: bicycling, boating, camping, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, foliage viewing, golf, hiking trails, lake, pond, river views, mountain views, whitewater rafting, skiing, snowmobiling, wildlife
This route is well-traveled by winter sports enthusiasts who flock to the region for skiing and snowmobiling. Beginning in Kingfield, the byway winds along the Carrabassett River, revealing views of Mount Abraham and the Bigelow Range, including Sugarloaf USA, along the way. North of Stratton, the route passes Flagstaff Lake and through Cathedral Pines, the largest stand of old-growth forest in the state. Route 27 then continues northward through the Chain of Ponds and climbs up the Boundary Mountains to Coburn Gore and the Canadian border.