Bethel Area

Bethel Maine village nestled in the foothills of the Mahoosuc Range of the White Mountains has been a favorite of summer vacationers since the 1800's, when city folks came to refresh themselves in the clean mountain air.

Bethel has become a year round resort with alpine skiing at Sunday River Ski Resort  cross country skiing and snowshoeing, hiking, canoeing and fishing in the White Mountain National Forest, golf and tennis. Fall is a time to visit Bethel Maine for fall foliage. Bethel Maine is a leaf peepers paradise.

Bethel Maine is home to unique arts and craft shops, as well as Gould Academy the Bethel Historical Society and the Dr. Moses Mason House Museum.

Local Activities


Sunday River Ski Resort is Maine's premier four season mountain lift resort, featuring 128 trails and glades spread across eight interconnected mountains serviced by an award-winning network of 18 lifts, including four high-speed quads. Sunday River's snowmaking system, the largest and most technically advanced in New England, covers 92 percent of its terrain. Nine out of ten skiers and riders agree that year after year Sunday River has the Most Dependable Snow in New England from November through May. Vertical Drop: 2,340’. Phone: (207) 824-3000.

Mt. Abram Family Ski Resort is just 10 minutes south of Bethel. In operation for 41 years, Mt. Abram is known for its family-friendly staff, programs and affordability. Trails for all levels, uncrowded slopes and non-existent lift lines, ski/snowboard/telemark, two lodges, day care are a few of the mountain's amenities. Click our link for the latest events and conditions. Vertical Drop 1,105’. Phone: (207) 875-5002.


The Bethel Area is Maine's #1 destination for cross country skiing, with more than 100 kilometers of skiing at four ski centers and additional opportunities to ski in the White Mountain National Forest, in Grafton Notch State Park, and on local snowmobile trails.

The Bethel Inn & Country Club - A classic New England resort and full service cross country ski center, located on the Bethel Common. 36 kilometers of groomed trails on open fairways and woods overlooking the beautiful White Mountains. (207) 824-2175 or

Carter's Cross Country Ski Centers - Bethel location, on Intervale Rd. has 65 K of trails, most notably the beautiful overlook trail up Farwell Mountain. Phone: (207) 824-3880

Great Glen Trails - Cross Country Ski Center is located 35 minutes away on Route 16 at the Mt. Washington Auto Road in Pinkham Notch, NH. Go cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snow tubing surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of Mt. Washington & the Presidential Range. A trail and program for all abilities. One of the ultimate winter experiences is a trip in our SnowCoach up the Mt. Washington Auto Road to the world above treeline! Phone: (603) 466-2333 or


The Interstate Trail System (ITS) Trail System goes right through Bethel. Maine in the winter is an explorer's paradise. Recently Western Maine has experienced a boom in snowmobiling and due to a lot of hard work by local clubs and generous private landowners, a trail system has come to the Bethel Area that can give you endless miles of beautiful riding and scenery including the White Mt. National Forest and State Parks.

Local clubs and the States of Maine and New Hampshire work cooperatively with the US Forest Service to maintain and groom a network of snowmobile trails through the White Mountain National Forest. Parking areas are located at several points around the forest. Snowmobiling in the national forest offers a variety of terrain through beautiful scenery. Riding is allowed on designated and groomed trails only, and trails are open to non-motorized uses also. The system is a mixture of small woodsy trails and more open scenic routes.

Parking areas with trail access to the White Mountain National Forest are located south of Bethel near Route 5 and near the state line on Route 2. Call the Evans Notch Visitor Center at (207) 824-2134 for trail locations, and the State of Maine's hotline for the latest trail conditions at 1-800-880-SNOW.


Mahoosuc Guide Service - Like Dogs? Like Snow? A dogsledding trip may be the winter vacation for you! We are both Master Maine Guides, the highest level recognized by the State of Maine with 25 and 35 years experience. We are full time professionals. Guiding is all we do – it is not a part time hobby. All of our trips are owner guided. One of us (Kevin or Polly) is on each of our trips. We are one of the few kennels where every dog was personally raised by us from puppyhood. They are all well trained, and we have been working with these bloodlines since 1979. We take extremely good care of our dogs. They get a summer vacation, full vet care, pastures to play in during the off season, and retirement to our house. We make our own wooden dogsleds, snowshoes, and toboggans. Our Yukon huskies are novice-musher friendly. Small size teams (5 dogs) with big steady dogs make it easier for beginners to learn to mush. - 1513 Bear River Rd, Newry, ME 04261. Phone: (207) 824-2073

Winter Journeys - Dog sled adventures, catering to your needs and desires. Lovell, ME 04051. Phone: (207) 928-2026


Meadow Creek Farm - Horse-drawn covered wagon & sleigh rides. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays. Sumner, ME 04292. Phone: (207) 388-2044


Bethel Camp for the Arts - Located on the beautiful campus of Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine , Bethel Camp for the Arts offers two 2 week sessions. Camper ages range from 8-15. The program is elective and has a variety of creative activities, technology and enrichment along with individual sports.

Bethel Historical Society's Regional History Center - A center with two side-by-side facilities featuring the O'Neil Robinson House with changing exhibits and the Dr. Moses Mason period house museum. Also, included -- research library; museum shop; collections relating to western Maine & the White Mountain region; lectures; special events. Located on Broad Street on the common. Bethel. Phone: (207) 824-2908 &  (800) 824-2910

The McLaughlin Foundation - A garden & horticultural center, The McLaughlin Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving one of Maine's renowned historic landscapes. Featuring a 4.6 acre historic garden and 19th century extended New England farmhouse, the garden is open daily during the season. The center and gift shop are open year-round. Tea room open June-September. South Paris, ME. Phone: (207) 743-8820


Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center - Biking Center including bike rentals and trails for all abilities. Canoeing, Kayaking, & Fly Fishing Clinics, Guided Hiking & Walking Trails. Located at the base of Mt. Washington Route 16 in Gorham, NH. Tel: (603) 466-2333

Sunday River Mountain Park - With over 60 miles of challenging terrain, the Bike Park, the 1st in the East to offer lift served mountain biking, features all new novice terrain this summer. Just 4 miles from the Norseman. Phone: (207) 824-3000

Saco Bound/Northern Waters/Rapid River Rafting - Gentle canoeing on the Saco River or the flatwater of Lake Ombagog, or whitewater rafting on the Rapid or Magalloway Rivers. Center Conway, NH. Phone: (603) 447-2177

Meadow Creek Farm - Horse-drawn covered wagon & sleigh rides. Weddings, anniversaries, birthdays. Sumner, ME 04292 Phone: (207) 388-2044

Tirnanog Farm - Offering riding lessons and trail rides set in the beautiful mountains of western Maine. Enjoy the outdoors, the majesty of horses, and a petting zoo on this 200-year-old working farm, located just minutes from downtown Bethel. 538 E. Bethel Road, Bethel, ME Phone: (207) 875-2308


North Country Rivers, Inc. - Discover whitewater rafting in Maine on the Penobscot, Kennebec and Dead Rivers. No experience necessary. Lodging and camping packages available.

Professional River Runners of Maine, Inc. - Offering whitewater rafting, camping, & canoeing trips on three world-class rivers in Maine.

Saco Bound/Northern Waters/Rapid River Rafting - Gentle canoeing on the Saco River or the flatwater of Lake Umbagog, or whitewater rafting on the Rapid or Magalloway Rivers.