“Height of Land is one of the most picturesque places
in Maine and perhaps all of New England.” –TripSavvy.com
Height of Land is the stunning gateway to Rangeley for those arriving from New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Located on Rt. 17 (the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway), it offers sweeping views of the Rangeley Lakes and surrounding mountains.
This scenic overlook is beautiful in every season. It’s an ideal place to view the lupines of spring, the greenery of summer, fall foliage, and magical winter snowscapes.
Appalachian Trail Crossing
The Appalachian Trail (AT) crosses Rt. 17 about 500 ft south of the overlook parking lot, so you can combine your sightseeing with a pleasant hike to Long Pond (1.5 miles) or Sabbath Day Pond (3 miles).
This is one of two places near Rangeley where the AT crosses a road, giving non-through-hikers an opportunity to experience a section of this legendary 2,180-mile trail. (The other places is 9 miles south of Rangeley on Rt. 4.)
Learn about History & Wildlife
The 700-foot turnout has a series of placards on the heritage and wildlife of the Rangeley region. This “Conservation Walk” features information on loons, brook trout, and famous American conservationists.
Kids also love exploring the field below the overlook, which is accessible from rock steps on the south end of the parking lot.
Driving back to Rangeley, don’t miss Noyes Overlook, about 6 miles north of Height of Land on Rt. 17. This vista – less well known but nearly as stunning – features panoramic eastward views of Rangeley Lake, the town of Rangeley, and Bald and Saddleback mountains.
Directions to Height of Land
From Rangeley, travel south on Rt. 17 about 11 miles from the intersection with Rt.4 in the village of Oquossoc.