Not sure what to do during your fall getaway to Rangeley, Maine? Don’t worry! We have it covered. There is so much for you to do during your solo trip or family getaway to this pristine area. Just check out some of the most exciting and rewarding fall outdoor activities in Rangeley that will make you come back for more every single year.
Fall Is the Perfect Time to Vacation in Rangeley
One of the best activities for you to do during your time in Rangeley, Maine is to go for a hike. We can’t think of anything better to do when the leaves are falling, the wind is brisk in the air, the sun is shining, and there are fewer people in the area. Instead of fighting for space during the hot summer months or sweating profusely on an all-day hike, the fall provides amazing views, incredible nature, and cooler temperatures that are great for short, half-day, or full-day walks through the undulating hills and shaded forests.
If you are in the mood for a fun and easy walk that is close to where you will be staying, then head to Angel Falls! This iconic waterfall hike features the largest waterfall drop in the entire state, which makes it ideal for a short hike or a walk for you and the younger people in your group. Head towards Oquossoc and follow the Bemis Track on the old railroad line to reach the falls.
Another great hike in the area is the Cascade Stream Gorge Trail which offers numerous short spur options for extending or shortening your walk as you go on. You can walk on one of the many spur trails to see the gorge, take photos of the various waterfalls, and sit at the picnic tables for an al fresco lunch!
If you are going on an easy walk with your kids or with elderly adults in the group, we love going on shorter walks, like the Hatchery Brook Trail, featuring a simple and fast one-mile loop that has three picnic sites for you to take breaks.
If you are an avid hiker or want to push yourself to get a great workout and soak in amazing views, then we recommend doing the Bald Mountain Trail! Although this can be shortened and easy for a family walk, we like doing this for a morning trail run. It is just 1.75 miles to the summit, but you will have to climb to be rewarded with extensive views of the nearby Bald Mountain Road, forests, towns, and nearby hills.
Sip on a Beer
After a long hike, one of the best fall activities to do is to head to one of the numerous breweries or bars to reward yourself with a few sips, or pints, of ice-cold IPA pours or warm stouts. We love going to Bag and Kettle Brew Pub on the mountain at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley for a fun half-day adventure out of Rangeley. If you want to sit outside in the middle of the day and get the sun on your face after a long hike at the nearby Sunday River Ski Resort, we love the Sunday River Brewing Company in Bethel. Also, check out the Tumbledown Brewing Company in Farmington, Maine, to try local beer and talk to the owner. For those who can’t get enough of strong pours of IPAs, lagers, and ales, we love the Bigelow Brewing Company in Skowhegan or Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub in Auburn for some traditional pub grub and handcrafted pints. Also, make sure you check out The Furbish Brew House which brews its own beer in downtown Rangeley, and Portage Brew Tap which has a variety of breweries across Maine.
Bring the Kids to See the Changing of the Leaves
If you are on vacation with younger kids, one of the best activities to do during the fall months is to see the changing of the leaves on the trees! We love walking through the woods, exploring the forest, and introducing the kids to nature so they can appreciate the beauty surrounding Maine. Plus, it is a great photo opportunity for some memorable family pictures that you can put in your album and awe for years to come. We recommend going to the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway to save some walking, go on a long car trip, and take photos of the incredible orange and red trees of its 35-mile loop. Extend the loop and take your time to spend an entire day gazing at the leaves, taking pictures of the cherry trees, and ogling at the Bald and Saddleback Mountain peaks.
Plan Your Fall Stay
Doesn’t this sound like a great vacation? We think so too! And when you stay with us, you can rest assured that you will be in a pristine and luxurious property that keeps you comfortable and happy the entire time you are in Maine. No matter what you need, we can help you. Contact us for the vacation home of your dreams today!