Department of Transportation.
Wind through the mountains and lakes of western Maine on the Rangeley Lakes Scenic Byway. Step back in time and treat yourself to spectacular scenery, outstanding recreational opportunities, abundant wildlife, local museums, and quaint New England villages. Slow down, relax, and enjoy nature's abundance at every turn.
Getting to the Byway:
###From Auburn (approximately 65 miles)### * Head north on Route 4 through Jay Wilton, Farmington, Phillips, and Madrid. * The byway starts on Route 4 immediately north of Madrid at Smalls Falls. ###From Augusta (approximately 68 miles)### * Take Route 27 north to Route 2 in New Sharon and turn left. * Proceed on Route 2 into Farmington. * In Farmington, turn right on Route 4. * Stay on Route 4 through Phillips and Madrid. The byway starts just north of Madrid at Smalls Falls.
Navigating the Byway:
This drive follows Routes 17 and 4, wrapping around Rangeley Lake. It follows the ridgeline of the Appalachian Mountains before dropping into rolling hills and valleys. The Height of Land on Route 17 is the centerpiece of this scenic drive, offering breathtaking views of Mooselookmeguntic and Upper Richardson Lakes. * Start at the intersection of ME-17 and Main Rd, southwest of West Central Franklin, ME. * Continue northwest on ME-17 to ME-4 in Oquossoc. * Take ME-4 east past Rangeley Lake to the town of Rangeley. * Continue generally southeast on ME-4 to the Madrid Rest Area, where the byway ends.