Eustis & Stratton
Eustis is located on the High Peaks Scenic Byway in the northeast corner of Franklin County. Stratton is located near 20,300-acre Flagstaff Lake and the Bigelow Mountain Range. You can go hiking, boating or fishing in this area or use these towns as your home base to visit nearby Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, Maine's largest ski mountain. In June, you can participate in the Family Fun Days in Eustis and Stratton.
From Eustis, you can also access two long-distance recreation trails. The well-marked Northern Forest Canoe Trail enters Flagstaff Lake from the South Branch of the Dead River and heads north on the river's main branch. The Appalachian Trail traverses the Bigelow Range and leads to the village of Stratton. In February, you can attend the four-day Polar Blast Festival, which is the region's largest gathering for snowmobilers. In the warmer months, you can camp at Cathedral Pines Campground.
Just east of Stratton, you'll find the 36,000-acre Bigelow Preserve, which contains all seven peaks of the mountain range and the southern shore of the lake. You can go camping, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross country-skiing here.