Bigelow Preserve

North Maine Woods

Around eight miles northwest of the Sugarloaf alpine resort, this 35,000-acre preserve is a wonderful setting for reconnecting with nature. The densely forested wilderness has many trails for hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. There's great foliage viewing in the fall, particularly from lofty mountain tops such as Cranberry Peak (3210ft).

The Appalachian Trail also crosses through the Bigelow Preserve.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby North Maine Woods attractions

1. Rangeley Town Cove Park

18.69 MILES

Just behind the visitor center in Rangeley town, this park is a scenic spot in which to enjoy a picnic.

2. Height of Land

27.17 MILES

The expansive view of island-dotted Mooselookmeguntic Lake (the largest of the Rangeley Lakes) as it sweeps north toward distant mountains is astounding…