Dramatic Overlook is One of Maine's Most Scenic Spots
Height of Land is one of the most picturesque places in Maine and perhaps all of New England. Located in the western part of the state, this scenic overlook on Route 17 near Rangeley, Maine, will take your breath away. I am forever indebted to my late friend and colleague, Debby Fowles, for first showing me how to find this spot.
Height of Land is stunning in all four seasons: summer, fall, winter and spring, which is when I took the pictures in this photo gallery. Enjoy these panoramic images of calm, pristine Mooselookmeguntic Lake framed by blue sky and New Hampshire's White Mountains. Click each thumbnail above to see a full-sized image.
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Height of Land is one of the most picturesque places in Maine and perhaps all of New England.
There are few places in New England more photogenic than Height of Land, located just south of Rangeley, Maine, at a spot where the Appalachian Trail crosses Route 17. If you want help from your GPS in finding Height of Land, set the address as: Maine 17, Roxbury, ME 04275.
Lake and Mountains
The lovely scene visible from Maine's Height of Land is of a blue jewel in a stunning mountain setting. Mooselookmeguntic Lake is in the foreground. New Hampshire's White Mountains are visible in the distance. This was the first time I realized how close New England's highest peaks are to western Maine.
Height of Land is a stunning spot that can be easily reached by car. Although there are no signs, simply look to the west as you drive north on Maine's State Route 17 toward the town of Rangeley, and you'll find this breathtaking overlook.
Mooselookmeguntic Up Close
Mooselookmeguntic Lake dominates the view from Height of Land. This pristine, 16,300-acre pool is Maine's second largest lake. Its tough-to-pronounce name is derived from a native Abanaki word meaning "portage to the moose feeding place."
Mirroring the Sky
Photographers love the way clear, calm Mooselookmeguntic Lake mirrors the mountains and sky. Fishermen love that the lake is teeming with salmon, trout and other fish.
The small, narrow island that sits within Mooselookmeguntic Lake is called Toothaker Island. The island adds additional visual interest to the Height of Land scenic vista. Wilderness camping on Toothaker Island is actually an option. Can you imagine?