Kingfield is a small town in Franklin County with interesting attractions and fun community events.
Town natives and brothers Francis and Freeland Stanley invented America's first steam-powered car, and The Stanley Museum documents the history of the Stanley family ingenuity. See exhibits of the “Stanley Steamer" automobiles, steam and chain-driven engines, early 1900s black and white photographs and vintage equipment from the Stanley Dry Plate Co.
Kingfield is also home to the Ski Museum of Maine, where visitors can see exhibits on Maine's once-thriving ski equipment industry, learn about the history of Maine's ski resorts, and get to know prominent Mainers in the ski world.
Snowmobile trails in town connect to hundreds of miles of routes along Maine's Interconnected Trail System. During spring and summer the Carrabassett River is a fly fishing destination for brook trout and rainbow trout.
Kingfield POPS with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra happens each June, bringing Maine's top folk, traditional and classical musicians together at a local farm for outdoor performances. The event coincides with a free Festival of the Arts downtown with more live music.
The neighboring town of Carrabassett Valley is a destination for outdoor recreation and home to one of Maine's 4,000-foot mountains – Sugarloaf. Sugarloaf resort is Maine's largest ski area, and draws mountain bikers, golfers and geocachers during summer and fall.
The town has the southernmost trailhead on Maine Huts and Trails 30-mile network of groomed, back country paths for non-motorized recreation, complete with fully-equipped, eco-friendly “off the grid” huts. Another recreation trail is the Narrow Gauge Pathway that follows the Carrabassett River for six miles on a former rail bed. It's popular for biking, walking or running, and cross country skiing.
The Sugarloaf Marathon runs through Carrabassett Valley on the Route 27 Scenic Byway and ends in downtown Kingfield.