Daggett Rock – in Phillips is one of the world’s largest glacier deposited boulders. It is a short 1/3 mile hike uphill to this 40-foot tall rock, which is split in two. You can actually walk through the split. Headed out of Phillips towards Salem, take Route 142 to the Wheeler Hill Road, where there is a small wooden sign with “Daggett Rock” roughly painted on it. Follow the dirt road until you see a small parking area on the right. The trail is marked with a sign on the left, across the road from the parking area.
Cascade Stream Gorge – Acquired by Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and located in Sandy River Plantation, this 2,000-foot gorge has a 16-foot waterfall and 90-foot depths. It is located near Greenville Cove, off Route 4 across from South Shore Drive. Look for signs on the left. If you come to the Rangeley Lake State Park, you’ve gone too far.
Crocker Mountain – The Appalachian Trail crosses Route 27, 2.6 miles northwest of the Sugarloaf Access Road. Follow the trail south, 4.9 miles to Crocker Mountain summit. Continue hiking south to the Crocker Mountains with reflecting pool at the bottom. The campsite is located on the left and .1 mile off the main trail, where the trail makes a sharp turn for the descent to the Caribou Logging Road. Follow the logging road back to out to Route 27. Relatively easy, 14 mile round trip hike.
Height of Land – The Height of Land is a stunning and popular stop in every season. From Oquossoc, follow Route 17 south for 12 miles. The area is clearly marked and a magnificent view of the White Mountains and the Rangeley area can be seen right from the roadside turn-off. A great time to hit this spot is at dusk, when the sunsets can be spectacular.
Grand Falls – is a classic horseshoe falls accessible by a dirt road (Kibby Camp Road). From Junction 16/27 in Stratton Village, travel north 6.9 miles on Route 27 through Eustis and look for the King and Bartlett sign on the right. Follow the Kibby Camp/King & Bartlett Road. Travel over a wooden bridge and take the next left. Follow this road; it is about 11 more miles to the falls. It is a slow ride but definitely worth the effort. Park at the gate, from there it is a short hike into the falls. The gate is now locked by the area’s private landowners, so it is impossible to drive directly to the falls. Please respect the area – carry in/carry out, etc. Note: There are many logging roads off the Grand Falls Road; it is recommended that you have full tank of gas when you head out, in case you do get sidetracked. This road is a bit rough and long, and is not recommended for low-riding vehicles.
Narrow Gauge Pathway – located off Route 27 at the Carrabassett Town Park. This is a great 5 mile trail for biking, walking and getting the general feel of the Carrabassett Area. There is ample parking, and the trail starts at the Carrabassett Town Office/Park and is clearly marked from start to finish, ending at Bigelow station .2 miles north of the Sugarloaf Access Road. Restrooms and picnic sites are available at this location. Exiting the park, the trail starts on the Carriage Road and then turns left onto Houston Brook Road, turning to crushed gravel. The path follows the Carrabassett River the entire trail. The first few miles are accessible to logging trucks, so please use caution. About 2 miles in, the road comes to a Y, stay to the left along the river and continue to follow the signs.
Small’s Falls – is located on Route 4, 12 miles south of Rangeley. This has long been a popular roadside picnic area that is nestled in the junction of two streams with a waterfall area. Swimming is a favorite activity below the falls and there are short easy trails following Chandler Mill Stream to the top of the area. There are also plenty of wading areas and short water slides. Small’s Falls is a perfect spot for picnicking; there are tables, grills and restroom facilities available.
Saddleback Mountain – Pick up the Appalachian Trail, where it crosses Route 4, 9 miles south of Rangeley. This is a 10 mile round trip hike to the summit. After the trail passes the Piazza Rock lean-to, it climbs gradually, passing several small ponds.
Poplar Stream Falls – in Carrabassett Valley. Consists of two scenic waterfalls on two streams with drops of 24 and 51 feet. There is a great swimming hole at the falls by the road. To get to the falls, turn off Route 27 in Carrabassett Valley at the Valley Crossing building. Cross the bridge over the Carrabassett River and go straight past the ski camps and homes. Continue up the old, discontinued county road marked by a snowmobile sign. It is an easy 1.5 mile walk to the falls, which are in a gorge on the right.