Each of the region's scenic byways includes archaeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic qualities that make them well worth the visit. The Lakes and Mountains Region has four designated scenic byways and many spectacular driving tours.
National Scenic Byways
Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation including golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, wildlife watching, skiing and snowmobiling. Crystal clear lakes and rolling mountains set the backdrop for fantastic vistas along Routes 4 and 17.
State Scenic Byways
Grafton Notch Scenic Byway, once a route marked by swift-moving rivers flowing through the mountain valley, 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. Travelers along this route should be sure to stop at Grafton Notch State Park for a picnic and a walk along the river, or a short hike to Screw Auger Falls and Mother Walker Falls.
Pequawket Trail Scenic Byway (Route 113) 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.
Route 27 Scenic Byway 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.