Jay, Livermore & Livermore Falls
Located on the edge of the western mountains and at the gateway to the major ski areas, the region of Jay/Livermore/Livermore Falls has access to abundant recreational activities.
The primary source of recreational fun is the Androscoggin River, which is ideal for canoeing and kayaking (keep an eye out for bald eagles) and boasts some of the best bass fishing in the northeast. The Source to Sea Canoe Trek is a great way to explore the river as it is broken down into easily-done sections of around ten miles of mostly flat-water paddling. The Androscoggin Watershed Council provides the necessary equipment (for free); all you need to do is reserve a spot, then show up.
North Jay White Granite Park and Pine Island Park are great destinations for hiking and picnic adventures. The granite park has a one-mile trail through an orchard, while Pine Island has trails leading to picturesque river outlooks.
For winter visitors, Spruce Mountain Ski Slope is a blast from the past as you rise 300 vertical feet to the summit via three rope tow lifts. Where else can you ski up the mountain as well as down? Enjoy night skiing under the lights, or take a jaunt around the cross-country trails. The region also boasts some of the best snowmobile trails around!
Livermore is home to the Washburn Norlands Living History Center, which is a great way to immerse yourself in a living history experience. This 455-acre complex includes a restored Victorian mansion, large barn, farmer’s cottage, church, granite library and a one-room schoolhouse. The center provides the backdrop for rural late-19th-century living history experiences such as becoming a scholar in the schoolhouse and taking part in the daily chores of the 1870s. Programs range from tours to daylong and overnight programs.