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Sandy River Plantation

Location Map for Sandy River Plantation

Location Map for Sandy River Plantation

Year Population
1970 73
1980 50
1990 64
2000 93
2010 133
Sandy River Plantation Population Chart 1870-2010

Population Trend 1870-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 44:53:46
W. Latitude 70:33:26
Maine House District 112
Maine Senate District 17
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 35.3
Area sq. mi. (land) 34.1
Population/sq.mi. (land) 3.9
County: Franklin

Total=land+water; Land=land only

sign: "Sandy River Plantation, Home of Saddleback Mountain" and Town Line marker and a political sign (2004)

is a plantation in Franklin County, organized for the last time on March 23, 1905, after being organized for election purposes in 1859. About 35 miles northwest of Farmington on Maine Route 4, south of Rangeley, the community marks the source of the Sandy River in the Sandy River Ponds at the south end of the township.

Shelter Near Piazza Rock on the Saddleback Mountain Trail

Adirondack style Shelter near Piazza Rock on the Saddleback Mountain Trail (2004)

The Appalachian Trail traverses the length of this 6,000-acre area with a lean-to at Sabbath Day Pond and a campsite at Little Swift River Pond, both in Township E. In Sandy River, the AT has taken two different paths. One in 1949 (yellow dots) tracks north of Long Pond then down to Sandy River Ponds before heading northeast to Saddleback Mountain.

In 2005, the Trail (green dots) enters the plantation from the south, passing South Pond, then trending northeast to join the old trail east of Sandy River Ponds for the trek to Saddleback. (Click map to see the old and new AT path.)

1949 Topographic Map of Sandy River

 

Four Ponds Public Reserve Land, here and in Township E, lies just east of Mooselookmeguntic Lake. Access is by the Appalachian Trail off Route 17 in Township D or Route 4 in Sandy River.

Fishing and swimming are popular activities. Winter visitors pass through on snowmobiles on their way from Rangeley to Weld.

Form of Government: Assessors-Annual Meeting.

Saddleback Ski Slopes

Saddleback Ski Slopes

Saddleback Ski Base Area

Saddleback Ski Base Area

Eddy Pond from the AT

Eddy Pond from the AT

Small Pond Along the AT

Small Pond Along the AT

Long View from the Trail

Long View from the Trail

Rangeley Lake, Gull Pond, and Saddleback Lake

Rangeley Lake, Gull Pond, and Saddleback Lake



Cascade Stream Gorge sits on the east side of Route 4 in Sandy River Plantation, four mile south of downtown Rangeley.  Access is by a short, but steep, driveway to a small parking lot.  From there the falls and stream are a short hike on a path through woods and over rock outcrops. The gorge drops 90 feet into the stream. Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust maintains the site. A map of trail options is posted at the trail-head [N44° 55′ 30.62″  W70° 36′ 35.80″].

Farther south on Route 4, the road turns east to the Sandy River Ponds on its north side. A primitive boat launch is near a dirt parking space. [N44° 53′ 41.08″ W70° 33′ 30.07″] By the signage, it is apparently a favorite spot for fishing.

Boat Launch Site (2017)

sign: Public Boat Access"

Path to the Ponds (2017)

Pond View (2017)

Loons (upper right) (2017)

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Photos and video content courtesy of Brady G. Williams 2007.

Topographic map was created from the following University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center, Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York, accessed 1/10/2008: Rangeley, ME Quadrangle (1949), http://docs.unh.edu/nhtopos/Rangeley.htm.

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