Historic Walking Areas • Scenic Drives
Top Attractions in Rangeley
What travellers are saying
- This is a must for your fall foliage drive. The views are outstanding along with the signage at the location. This stop area is very well kept!Written 9 October 2021
- Great spot to swim in the pools of water under waterfalls and cool off. Fun for kids and families. Free. Picnic areas. Just off Route 4 on the left as you approach Rangeley (its about 15 minutes before you arrive in Rangeley) and marked as a DOT Rest Stop.
Nice easy hiking, but the falls are the big attraction. Multiple falls and pools.Written 31 July 2022
- Great stop on the way to Height of Land. Deep gorge with beautiful falls. Great place for pictures. Don’t miss the store across the street they have the best maple walnut ice cream.Written 6 October 2021
- It starts off easy but quickly goes to moderate with lots of rocks. One should be in fairly good shape, bring water, and be careful of course. The view is great. Climb the stairs!!Written 9 September 2021
- While visiting Maine, my son and I wanted to take a trip to Rangeley Lake State Park. You follow alongside the lake while working your way towards the Park's entrance. Unfortunately the Park was closed when we arrived (I believe due to season). But we weren't disappointed. Along the route you are able to see many gorgeous views of the lake and its shorelines. We were still able to enjoy what the Lake has to offer, even outside the Park's borders. The ride even outside of the Lake side is beautiful. The trees are endless and Maine's country-side beauty can be seen as far as the eye allows.
There are also other Lakes and Rivers available to enjoy that are outside of the Park.Written 4 October 2021
- Excellent deep water Brook Trout and Salmon fishing, plenty of Loons and ducks. The water can get rough when the winds kick up but it’s very quiet, even on the busiest holiday weekends. There’s something special about this lake, it’s really spectacularWritten 14 March 2021
- Beautiful hike and view, but you should know what to expect!
The last 5 miles or so drive is unpaved, sometimes rocky roads. The parking lot is down a steep dirt road, as well.
The hike involves crossing a stream a few times, and some climbing up lots of large rocks- definitely can do it with the right children and dogs, but we saw a group attempt with a very little dog that had to turn back.
The falls were gorgeous, however this is not a very manicured or maintained area. We had to climb over several piles of sticks/logs, and sadly there was a dead moose right in the middle of the falls when we got there. Several people had jumped in or even drank the water before seeing it 😷 so definitely take precautions and NEVER drink untreated water!
All in all, a somewhat challenging and beautiful off the beaten path hike- but best to be prepared!Written 10 July 2022
- Great family hike for kids and teens and adults. Play in the water. Sit and enjoy some peace and quiet. Well marked. Moderate skill needed (if you are an adult -- kids seem to scrabble around this easily).
Small river with falls and gorges and shallows and pools.
Easy to find and get to. A few minutes from downtown Rangeley.
Parking lot and trailhead at the top of step dirt driveway.Written 31 July 2021
- Wow! This is truly one of the best small museums around! It's like a natural history museum married with an outdoor sporting museum. Simply fascinating, filled with Maine history, culture, and quirky details. Well worth a visit. I will absolutely go back again, as there is so much information, it's hard to absorb in just one visit.Written 19 July 2021
- Quite a good choice of easy/moderate walks/hikes with no one around last week. Good for families and kids. Saddleback is coming back and this along with the winter will change the vibe. Go now to be alone but not far out in the woods.Written 9 September 2021
- This museum is first class. It has lots of interesting history, artifacts and stories. A great way to learn about the area housed in a beautiful facility.Written 5 September 2018
- Trails, trailheads, and facilities are well maintained. Bathroom facilities although primitive are cleanWritten 20 September 2020
- There are many great hikes in the Rangeley area, but if you're looking for a short walk on relatively level ground, yet interesting enough to entertain kids and grown-ups alike, then the Hunter Cove trail is perfect. The planks over the boggy areas are numerous and well-maintained (though I'd still wear shoes that can get wet). It's also a good spot if you just need a nature break but don't have half-a-day to devote to one of the area's longer hikes. Beautiful!Written 26 June 2018
- We went to the Museum on a bus trip and found it to be a delightful stop. The guide had extensive knowledge of Maine logging operations and was entertaining as well. I wish we had had more time to look around and will plan a return trip when they reopen. Admission is by donation and they have outside exhibits plus 3 floors.Written 5 October 2018
- My wife and I have been doing a lot of hiking during the summer and fall of 2020, and the South Bog Interpretive Trail was our latest venture. This hike consists of two parts: a short half mile trip through a wetland with several informational panels explaining the flora and fauna of Maine. From there, the hike can be extended for another two and a quarter miles on a trail leading to a picnic site overlooking Rangeley Lake. This hike takes approximately 1 1/2 hours to traverse to its endpoint, but the downhill jaunt can be done a little quicker. After going through a forested area complete with a boardwalk (for one segment), you exit onto a multiuse recreational road. The final part of the hike reenters the woods, and you have a fairly steady uphill grade. The spot overlooking the lake is pure Maine beauty, and I would encourage hikers to bring a lunch to enjoy while admiring the scenery. Please note that some of the signage markers appear to be inaccurate; the entire round-trip hike is about 5.2 miles.Written 13 October 2020
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