Welcome to Franklin County
Located in the heart of Maine’s Lakes and Mountains region. There are 22 charming towns, villages, and plantations to discover in the region. Beautiful and unspoiled, Franklin County is the premiere four season destination of Maine offering a variety of cultural and historical attractions and activities for all ages. Outdoor recreational activities abound throughout the area. Franklin County is home to more than one hundred lakes and ponds, including those in the magnificent Rangeley Lakes region. Pristine lakes and ponds offer quiet solitude at sunrise with the eerie call of the loons who inhabit these bodies of water. The Sandy River meanders its way through Franklin County. With many new roadside boat launches, there has never been a greater time to explore the river by canoe or kayak. Wilson Lake in downtown Wilton and Clearwater Lake in Industry offer some of the area’s best fishing, even in the winter when you’ll see many ice shacks dotting the landscape.
For the hiker, the Appalachian Trail crosses through Franklin County, coming within one mile of the peak of 4,260-foot Sugarloaf Mountain. Just north of Sugarloaf, in Stratton, is the Bigelow Preserve Public Reserved Land, with over 36,000 acres of public land. The preserve encompasses the entire Bigelow Range, which includes seven summits. The highest of these at 4,150 feet is West Peak, one of only ten Maine summits over 4,000 feet in elevation. Bounded on the north by 20,000-acre Flagstaff Lake, the preserve offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including hiking the Appalachian Trail. Mt. Blue State Park—Maine’s largest state park—is located in Weld, with over 8,000 acres in two sections separated by Webb Lake. Here you can find stellar hiking, trail riding, swimming and picnic spots.
We look forward to sharing the beautiful landscapes and people of Franklin County with you as you visit the area we are proud to call home.
—Mike Blanchet, President