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Magical Mountains and Lakes Region of Maine

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Scenic Drives
Thank you for stopping by for a visit to the beautiful Magical Mountains and Lakes Region of western Maine. We'll take you on a mini virtual tour of all we have to offer. So, click away and enjoy! But don't forget to make us your next vacation destination!
Evan's Notch
Take a magnificent drive in either Summer, Spring or Fall (closed in winter) on Route 113 North from the center of Fryeburg through the most untraveled and most secret notch in our whole region, ending on Route 2 in Gilead. There are waterfalls off the beaten path, swimming areas right off Route 113, and overnight camp sites along the way. En route, visit The Chester Eastman Homestead, an historical site in Chatham, New Hampshire on the Maine border. You will pass local farm stands, open Summer and Fall, where you can stop and find fresh fruits and vegetables as well as homemade fudge, pies, and local maple syrup. During foliage season, you will not regret traveling this way through the White Mountain National Forest to get to Mount Washington, because there is hardly any traffic on this route. Photograph unbelievably beautiful scenery anywhere on this ride through one of the prettiest national forests in the country.
Hemlock Bridge
From Route 5 North in Fryeburg, drive about 6 miles until you come to a second bridge to cross. Take a right immediately before the bridge then travel on a paved road for about a half a mile until the road takes a left by Frog Alley Farm. From here, drive about another half mile to Hemlock Bridge on the Old Saco River. What a gorgeous place to take photos, rest for a while, picnic, or take a short walk! Constructed in 1857, this is one of the prettiest bridges around. It is so peaceful and very remote. When passing through Fryeburg, don't miss the Fryeburg Historical Society in the center of town, where you can find a wealth of historical information. Clarence Mulford, who wrote Hop-A-Long Cassidy, lived in Fryeburg and wrote his novels here.
Douglas Mountain

Driving east on Route 113 and then on Route 5 from Fryeburg, take a left going up a hill on the way to Cornish when you see a sign for the Jones Museum.

Follow the hill upwards to the end of the road, where you can visit the museum and enjoy the fantastic mountain views. This becomes a dead-end, but the ride back down is just as rewarding. On your way back on Routes 113 and 5 West, you can see the Hiram hydroelectric dam from a small picnic area on your left. Stop and take a look. It's a very big dam on The Saco River.

Lovell's Route 5
Take another pretty drive north along Route 5 from Lovell village as you view more gorgeous mountain areas. Visit a country store, stop at a local craft shop, take a short walk, or just pull over and take it all in! This is a very pretty route any time of year. Look across Kezar Lake to the mountains, considered the most pristine lake in Maine. Take a left over The Evergreen Valley Road in Stoneham to reach Evan's Notch from the east side. Brooks, streams, nature, and wildlife abound!

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