Parks and Recreation Areas

Maine’s Lakes & Mountains is one big playground with six state parks, seven public reserved land areas, and the White Mountain National Forest — stretching from New Hampshire to the foothills of our western mountains. These combined areas offer miles of hiking and snowmobile trails and 23 wooded campgrounds. Come to fish, hike, spot moose, bird-watch, or picnic by the ponds.

Nestled among towering mountaintops, the Sebago and Bridgton Lakes areas are chock full of water-based activities from canoeing/kayaking, fishing, and waterskiing to floatplane rides.  And those mountains, many offer spectacular walking and hiking trails that end with a most rewarding view.

Situated between some of Maine’s tallest mountains to the north and the White Mountain National Forest to the west, Bethel is an ideal starting point for bicycle, automobile and hiking tour loops. Newry is home to Sunday River, Maine’s second-largest ski resort with more than 135 trails on eight interconnected mountains. The area also caters to Nordic skiers with a number of ski touring centers. At Grafton Notch State Park, you can hike, go rock and ice climbing, or picnic along the Bear River.

Maine’s High Peaks Region, from Kingfield to the Canadian Border, offers an abundance of exciting outdoor adventures with a backdrop that stimulates the senses. Home to ten of Maine’s 4,000+ ft. mountains, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, hiking, ATV riding and mountain biking are favorite activities.

In neighboring Carrabassett Valley, Sugarloaf Mountain, at 4,237 feet, is Maine’s largest ski area and the setting of the state’s premier championship golf course. Enjoy the Narrow Gauge Pathway which follows the Carrabassett River where trail enthusiasts can walk, run, bike or enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Continuing north, in the Town of Eustis, you can begin an Appalachian Trail hike or connect to interstate and international snowmobile and ATV trails, either for a day trip, or for longer adventures!

Rangeley is built for outdoor recreation, from skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling in the winter to hiking and golf in the spring or summer, all on and around Saddleback Mountain, one of New England’s finest four-season resorts.

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