Rangeley Lakes Scenic Drive

Rangeley, Maine

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An 84-mile open loop through the scenic mountains and Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine. This 84-mile scenic route forms a loop drive that explores the rugged mountains and river canyons between Rangeley Lake and the towns of Rumford and Mexico on the Androscroggin River. This lake-and-peak district, straddling the state’s developed southern region and the wild north country, is a spectacular and beautiful landscape filled with looming mountain massifs, creased by swift rivers and abrupt gorges, dotted with wild ponds and wind-ruffled lakes, and populated by few people. The scenic drive follows paved highways except for a 10-mile gravel segment that threads across the southern slopes of Tumbledown Mountain. Special attractions: Webb Lake, Mount Blue State Park, Rangeley, Rangeley Lake, Rangeley Lake State Park, Height of Land, Coos Canyon, Smalls Falls, Tumbledown Mountain, Swift River Falls, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoeing, fall foliage, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving New England

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Scenic Driving New England

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)

An 84-mile open loop through the scenic mountains and Rangeley Lakes region of western Maine. This 84-mile scenic route forms a loop drive that explores the rugged mountains and river canyons between Rangeley Lake and the towns of Rumford and Mexico on the Androscroggin River. This lake-and-peak district, straddling the state’s developed southern region and the wild north country, is a spectacular and beautiful landscape filled with looming mountain massifs, creased by swift rivers and abrupt gorges, dotted with wild ponds and wind-ruffled lakes, and populated by few people. The scenic drive follows paved highways except for a 10-mile gravel segment that threads across the southern slopes of Tumbledown Mountain.

Special attractions: Webb Lake, Mount Blue State Park, Rangeley, Rangeley Lake, Rangeley Lake State Park, Height of Land, Coos Canyon, Smalls Falls, Tumbledown Mountain, Swift River Falls, camping, hiking, fishing, boating, canoeing, fall foliage, and scenic views. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Stewart M. Green/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Rangeley
Distance: 84
Season: Year-round; expect snow and ice in winter
Local Contacts: Mount Blue State Park; Rangeley Lake State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Rangeley Lakes Scenic Drive

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