Western Lakes and Mountains: Places to Explore



Bridgton's winding Main Street (U.S. 302) reveals picturesque New England townscapes at every curve. On steamy summer days, kids dive off the dock at the town beach tucked at the end of Highland Lake, just past storefronts with restaurants, galleries, and shops. Just steps from downtown a covered pedestrian bridge leads to 66-acre Pondicherry Park, a nature preserve with wooded trails and two streams. The town has 10 lakes that are popular for boating and fishing. Come winter, people arrive to ski at Shawnee Peak.

The combination of woods, lakes, views, and several public reserves where they can be enjoyed, makes the surrounding countryside a good choice for leaf peepers and outdoor lovers. A few miles north, Harrison anchors the northern end of Long Lake. Tiny Waterford is a National Historic District. Come fall, Fryeburg, on the New Hampshire border, is home to the famed Fryeburg Fair (www.fryeburgfair.com), New England's largest agricultural fair.

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