Departure: Height Of Land, Maine
Destination: Madrid, Maine
Time to allow: 1 day
This tour follows the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway, stopping at the route’s most exciting and relevant places.
Start Start your tour by watching the sunrise at Height of Land, where you can see for hundreds of miles: lakes, mountains and forests. You can also see the White Mountain chain in neighboring New Hampshire. Height of Land is often considered to be the most spectacular overlook in northern New England. Have a picnic breakfast here.
Stop 1: Mooselookmeguntic Lake
From previous stop: 30 minutes /12 mi (19.2 km)
Directions: Leaving Height Of Land, take Route 17 north for approximately 12 miles until you come to the city of Oquossoc, where you can access Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Suggested time at this stop: 3 hours
Oquossoc is charmingly surrounded by Mooselookmeguntic Lake. You can access the lake from the city and rent boating and fishing supplies there. Take a couple of hours to enjoy the lake by either boating, fishing, or hiking around it.
Stop 2: Rangeley Lakes
Region Logging Museum
From previous stop: 20 minutes /10 mi (16.0 km)
Directions: Leaving Oquossoc, take Route 16 east for approximately 10 miles to the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum.
The Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum displays equipment, artifacts, photos, and historic tape recordings of people in the logging profession.
Stop 3: Smalls Falls
From previous stop: 30 minutes /18 mi (28.8 km)
Directions: Leaving the museum, take Route 16 southwest for 3 miles, then turn south onto Route 4 and follow for about 15 miles to Smalls Falls at the end of the Byway.
When you come to Smalls Falls, have a picnic. Afterward, play in the pools created by the 54-foot waterfall. You can also hike the short path to the top of the falls in 5 minutes. The colorful gorge walls, colored green, gold, and orange, are perfect places to perch and admire the scenery.
From previous stop: 5 minutes /2 mi (3.2 km)
Directions: From Smalls Falls, take Route 4 east for about 2 miles to Madrid.
End your tour in Madrid. Stop to eat dinner in one of the local eateries, and unwind in this quaint Maine township.