Located on the Saco River and New Hampshire border, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors in Fryeburg. The town is home to Hemlock Covered Bridge, several easy hiking trails, miles of snowmobile trails, Fryeburg Academy, twelve public parks, two public beaches, three public boat launches, two museums, two campgrounds, an active recreation department, two playgrounds, a dance school, bowling and simulated golf at Saco Valley Sports Center, an outdoor ice rink, eleven buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and Eastern Slopes Regional Airport.
Special events include Fryeburg Academy’s Black Fly Festival, Lee and Joan Day Memorial Car Show, Memorial Day and July Fourth parades, Beautification Plant Sale, summertime concerts at the Bradley Park Gazebo, Maine Street Festival arts and crafts fair and Fryeburg Fair, Maine’s Blue Ribbon Classic.
Located in Oxford County, over 3,000 year round residents have plenty of space to roam in the 60 square miles of Fryeburg. Clubs and organizations include SCOOPS–a local motorcycle group that rides to ice cream shops each week, Fryeburg Area Rotary Club, Lions Club, Eastern Star and Masons, Bridge Club, Scouts, Fryeburg Senior Citizens, and the Interstate Sno-goers Snowmobile Club. Though there are trails throughout town and beside the river, if you are using a 4-wheeler or skiing, it is best to ask for landowners’ permission. Elementary through high school education takes place at schools in town. Farms including potatoes and turf, light manufacturing, retail stores, canoe and camp industry, tourism, education, antique, gift and specialty shops and the building industry influence Fryeburg’s economy.
Playgrounds: Graustein Park, C.A.Snow School*
Beaches: Weston’s Beach, Canal Bridge
Picnic Areas: Canal Bridge, Route 302 Rest Area
Boat Launches: Lovewell Pond, Bog Pond, Saco River (Swan’s Falls, Canal Bridge, Walker Bridge, Hemlock Bridge)
FMI: www.fryeburgmaine.org; town office: 207.935.2805
* Not available during school hours.
Hemlock Bridge Built in 1857, of Paddleford truss construction with supporting laminated wooden arches, Hemlock Bridge in Fryeburg is a quaint and charming reminder of days gone by. The 109-foot long covered bridge spans the old course of the Saco River. Though reinforced in 1988 so you can drive across the bridge, it’s more fun to walk across. Take time to admire the work of our forefathers, peer at the river and read the graffiti on Maine’s oldest remaining covered bridge.