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Northwestern Maine is known for its beauty and charm. The towering mountain peaks bring color and life to the area. About one hour south of Bigelow Preserve, two and a half hours from Mount Washington, and just under two hours from Augusta is Rangeley Lake State Park. Its biggest draw being Rangeley Lake, this 869-acre park is a lovely place to camp in a motorhome rental.
Rangeley Lake began gaining popularity in the 1860s as a go-to spot for anglers. People started falling in love with the area and noticing its true natural wonder. During the 1950s, the park was built in order to help preserve the underdeveloped land and keep it suitable for fishing enthusiasts and other visitors to enjoy.
This park is a popular way to discover northwestern Maine in its natural state. Try hiking or biking through the woods, hunting for critters, or fishing in Rangeley Lake. Whatever your interests, Rangeley Lake has you covered. Rent an RV in Franklin County and get your vacation started.
Anglers love fishing at Rangeley Lake State Park. The park has over nine miles of beachfront on Rangeley Lake for campers to use as they please. Jump into the swimming area and float around with the gorgeous Saddleback Mountains as your backdrop. Cast your pole into the water and see what you can find. The lake is stocked with tons of salmon and trout.
Just outside the park, you can let loose on your ATV or snowmobile on the local trails. Rip through the trees and carve up the snow during the winter months. Northern Maine gets a decent amount of snow during the colder months, which is perfect for snowmobilers, and the remaining months provide tons of trails and space for four-wheeling fun.
Bring your binoculars or your camera, because Rangeley Lake is a prime place for nature watching and photography. Snap some great shots of owls, chickadees, or geese. View a large variety of ducks or see a Canadian Jay. You might even catch sight of a woodpecker pecking away at a tree. Between the wildlife, the trees, and the natural vistas, this place is going to create wonderful memories for years to come.
If you plan to do some camping at Rangeley Lake State Park, be prepared for seclusion. There are no electrical or water hookups, pull-through driveways, or sewer hookups on-site. Wi-Fi also isn't available for Rangeley Lake State Park campers; however, you might be lucky and get some service through select major cell phone providers. There are 50 sites to choose from, some of which accommodate big rigs. Dogs are permitted as long as their leash doesn’t extend past four feet and they're well-behaved.
The campsites all have water access to Rangeley Lake and are set against the exquisite backdrop of Saddleback Mountain. While you're camping in a motorhome at Rangeley Lake State Park, you'll have access to showers and toilets as well as a picnic area and a playground for the kids.
Just outside of the park along Route 27 is Kingfield and Carrabassett Valley. Connected to Sugarloaf Ski Resort, this area provides outdoor activities for visitors all year long. Ski, snowmobile, or snowboard during the winter months, hike through the vibrant color-changing leaves in the fall, or visit one of the museums in the area during the summer. If you happen to be visiting in July, make sure to check out the Festival of the Arts in downtown Kingsfield.
Or head south towards Rumford and River Valley. This area is known specifically for the Black Mountains of Maine, boasting over 1,300 feet of mountain to ski, snowboard, or tube down. Bring the family, because there are slopes for all skill levels. Rentals are available on the mountain itself, and trails range from beginner to expert. There are 23 trails to keep you moving all day long, and when the skiing is done, there's a nice warm fireplace lodge to warm your tired bones.
If you’re looking for a fun college town to visit, look no further than Farmington, Maine. Farmington is home to University Maine Farmington and is surrounded by agricultural farmland. The downtown area is full of shops, museums, and galleries of local artists. Catch a movie or see a concert while you’re in the area. Maybe climb the Titcomb Mountain or take a walking tour. If you happen to be visiting during the month of September, you might be able to catch the Farmington Fair.
Once your RV camping trip has concluded, it’ll be time to fill up your bellies and refill the gas tank. There isn’t too much available near the park, but if you drive just 20 minutes, you’ll start seeing signs for gas stations. If you’re looking for food, Rangeley Lake is surrounded by lovely local restaurants. Then, you can steer your RV rental north towards Canada, west towards New Hampshire, or south towards Augusta.