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Rumford & River Valley
Rumford, Maine a former papermaking powerhouse with the Androscoggin River running through it, is reinventing itself. Now, it’s a place for new businesses to settle near the waterfalls downtown and to enjoy the outdoors during all four seasons.
Things to Do in Rumford and River Valley
Rumford and the surrounding River Valley region offer you snowmobiling and skiing in the winter and fishing, hiking and ATVing in the warmer months.
A top draw has long been Black Mountain of Maine. This local ski area offers 1,380 feet of vertical and mountain-wide night skiing. The mountain has two chair lifts and a T-bar with over 50 trails and glades. In addition, Black Mountain has 17 kilometers of Nordic trails.
Not into skiing or snowboarding? Try out the mountain’s Edge Tubing Park.
Snowmobiling is very popular. For advice on the top trails and group rides, contact local clubs in the region.
Come spring, the local waters of the Androscoggin and surrounding lakes open up for warm-weather fishing. Top-rated bass fishing is available in Kezar Lake and in sections of the Androscoggin River near Rumford. There’s also trout (brook, rainbow and brown), sunfish, perch and landlocked salmon.
Once the snow has gone, a lot of motorsports fans switch to ATVs. In the Rumford and Androscoggin River Valley area, there’s more than 1,000 miles of ATV riding available. Check out these local clubs for information on the best times and places to go.
Rather try some hiking? The western Maine mountains offers plenty. For some moderate hiking, consider the climb up Rumford’s Whitecap Mountain. There are two trails which offer great views and, in some parts of summer, blueberry picking. For something a little less challenging, take Rumford’s Swift River Walking Trail, a short, paved stretch that offers a quiet respite and easy walking.
Where to Stay in Rumford and River Valley
Looking for a place to stay in Rumford and the River Valley region? Consider the Boardwalk Bed & Breakfast, the Blue Iris Motor Inn, The Perennial Inn, Mountain Spring Farm B&B and these accommodations. Also, scroll down through the list of regional businesses below.
Restaurants in Rumford and River Valley
For places to eat in Rumford and the River Valley region, check out the Deluxe Diner, The Lure, Dick’s Restaurant and these additional suggestions. Also, scroll down through the list of regional businesses below.