Rangeley lies in the northwestern mountains of Maine, at the center of the Rangeley Lakes region. It is named after an Englishman, Squire James Rangeley, Jr., whose father purchased the land from Massachusetts in 1796. The little town was incorporated in 1879. Its natural beauty, offering a wealth of outdoor activities for each season, soon began to draw travelers. In this magnificent setting, a visitor can pursue his favorite type of recreation, or just relax and commune with the outdoors.
Rangeley is famous for its native brook trout waters. Vacationers can test their skill and luck, pursuing the lunker trout and land locked salmon that have made the region a fishing mecca, or enjoy boating in Rangeley’s many waterways, in canoes, sail, or power boats. The northwestern mountains offer miles of scenic hiking. The Appalachian trail climbs to the top of Saddleback Mountain, for those who want more of a challenge. For biking, there are many country roads and rolling hills, or steeper mountains for the more experienced.
In Fall, be dazzled by a full array of colors, as you encounter wildlife in the fields, or take a canoe ride on the Kennebago River. White-tail deer and bear are abundant.
If you choose Winter for your vacation, Rangeleys 150-mile network of clearly marked, well-groomed trails throughout Maine and into Canada, provide the best snowmobiling anywhere. For the skier, Saddleback Mountain is the last uncrowded big mountain in New England. The 4,116-foot high peak, with 40 Alpine trails add up to a top rate skiing experience. Cross-country skiers may follow trails through rolling woodlands, or take their time, admiring the view of Saddleback Lake and the mountains.
A variety of accommodations include something for everyone. Whether it be a country inn, intimate bed and breakfast, motel, or private home rental, visitors can be assured that they will be made welcome and comfortable.
Rand McNally included this region on its list of *best vacation places in America*.