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Trailhead

From North and South: Take I-95 to Exit 75 for US Route 202/ME Route 4/ME Route 100. Turn right on Washington Street and after about one mile take another right onto ME Route 122/Poland Spring Road. After passing under I-95, turn left to continue on ME Route 122/Poland Spring Road. At 3 miles, turn right at Empire Road which will be the second road encountered on the right side. Continue just over a half mile to State Park Road and entrance to the sate park on the left. Follow State Park Road about another half mile to the main parking area and trailhead for the park.

Description

Located just south of the cities of Lewiston and Auburn, Range Ponds State Park offers a beautiful 1000 foot long sand beach with fresh water swimming in Lower Range Pond. The calm waters and gently sloping beach make this one of Maine's premier family friendly beaches. The park itself encompasses 750 acres of beautiful land enjoyed primarily for picnicking, fishing, and swimming.

Guests can get away from the crowd at the beach and take a leisurely stroll on two miles of trails and old logging roads. Hikers and walkers will enjoy the forest canopy of primarily white birch, maple, and mixed conifer. Hikers may see a variety of wildlife along the trail including squirrels, chipmunks, porcupine, and white-tail deer. An observant hiker can also listen to the many songbirds hiding in the trees above. During the winter months, the trails are frequently used by cross-country skiers and showshoers.

Water-sports are popular activities on the lake and small boats, canoes, kayaks, and windsurf boards dot the horizon. A public boat launch is located at the end of the beach and is limited to boats with 10 horsepower motors or less.

New modern bathhouses are just footsteps away from the long sandy beach and a smooth surfaced promenade and beach ramp goes all the way to the water enabling access for people with disabilities. A lifeguard is on duty starting in mid-June. A state of the art pavilion is available for reservations, allowing groups to picnic outside in the warm breezes of summer or inside during inclement weather.

The park is also developing some mountain bike trails in another less used area of the park. Please check with the park for more information.

Other Information

The park is open from May 15th through October 1st. Visitors are welcome to park outside the gate in the off season to hike or ski the park. We ask that you park well outside the travel lane during these times.

The park fills to capacity during the summer season, so groups are asked to call ahead and make reservations to the park.

The beach area is off limits to smoking so all users can breathe the fresh Maine air while enjoying a swim in the sparking waters of Lower Range Pond. Pets are welcome at the park, but must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed on the beach.

This park has a carry-in / carry-out policy, so please come equipped to take your trash with you and dispose of it properly.

Trail Manager

Visit Range Ponds State Park online for more information, or contact:

Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands
Park Manager
P.O. Box 475
Poland Spring, ME 04274
Phone: (207) 998-4104

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Photo courtesy:Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands

A short drive from two of Maine's major urban areas, Range Ponds State Park welcomes visitors to enjoy a wide sandy beach for swimming and picnicking as well as two miles of recreational hiking trails.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
TownPoland
DifficultyEasy
Length2.0 miles, Network
SurfaceDirt/Forest Floor
PetsPermitted
FeesYes
Other ActivitiesNone

Current Weather

April 24, 2014
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39°F feels like 30°F

Wind:
From the NNW at 17 MPH Gusting to 22 MPH
Humidity:
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Dew Point:
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