Rangeley, Maine, is a paradise.
Yes, it's a cold paradise most of the year, but a paradise nevertheless. If your idea of fun is going outside in frigid, snowy conditions to ride a "snow machine" at insane speeds through forests and across frozen fields, you cannot beat Rangeley.
In summer, the area is even more beautiful.
You probably have the same two questions as everyone else:
Rangeley, however, is conveniently located halfway between the equator and the North Pole, as proven by the happy campers on the left.
Should you be brushing up for a shot at Jeopardy!, you'll immediately know the town is on the shores of Mooselookmeguntic Lake, only you would put that in the form of a question.
You're welcome to visit Rangeley -- by car or by hiking the Trail -- on Saturday, September 14, 2013, for their annual Trail Town Festival!
Haley Pond Park will come alive with townies, vendors and plenty of real-live stinky Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, who will be happy to let you take pictures with them.
Please Note: Try to stand upwind of thru-hikers when capturing the festive moment of meeting the heroes of the AT. Don't be fooled by fakes! If you can't smell them, they haven't been on the Trail for long. Don't settle for substitutes.
The Trail Town Festival runs from 10 AM until 4 PM.
Here are a few highlights:
So, as you make your way from the equator to the North Pole, be sure to stop by Rangeley for the Trail Town Festival, honoring the Appalachian Trail and those who trod the Great Path to Mt. Katahdin.
Or, just stop by to watch thru-hikers inhale free ice cream.
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