Lovell is located on Route 5. With almost every road bearing the word “Hill” in the name, you have an idea of the terrain of this area. And from those hills, the view of the White Mountains is spectacular. There are several hikes for all abilities, two libraries, six ponds, two public boat launches, five sites on the National Register of Historic Places, including an archeological site, two outdoor ice skating areas, a country club, two playgrounds, miles of trails on the snowmobile route, a multi-generational recreation department and an active arts and culture community.
Special events include the Monthly Speaker Program at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Old Home Days activities, the annual Arts and Artisans Craft Show at the New Suncook School, the Lovell Lions Club auction, Tour de Lovell, Gasping Gobbler 5k run/walk, annual antiques show and sale at the Kimball Stanford House, and the Dave Mason/Kezar Lake Tennis Tournament.
About 975 people live in the 43 square miles of Lovell, Center Lovell and North Lovell. Clubs and organizations such as the Ladies Circle, Scouts, Lions Club, PTA, Lovell Historical Society and Greater Lovell Land Trust keep people busy. Children in grades K-5 attend New Suncook Elementary School. For the remainder of their school years, they receive their education in neighboring Fryeburg. The local economy is sparked by tourism, maintenance, guide service, realty, light manufacturing, antique, gift and craft shops plus service and professional businesses.
Playgrounds: Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library (basketball court), New Suncook Elementary School*
Beaches: Town Landing, Pleasant Point, Kezar Landing (all are for residents only)
Boat Launches: Kezar Lake’s Upper and Middle Bay, Horseshoe Pond, Bradley Pond (rough access), Heald Pond (6 mph limit), Farrington Pond (carry in)
FMI: www.lovellmaine.net; town office: 207.925.6272
*Not available during school hours.
Kezar Falls Gorge – This gorge, located off a dirt road in Lovell, is easy to miss because it’s not marked–truly a chance to get away from it all. Open your windows and listen for the rushing water, while looking for three unmarked driveways. They all lead to the same small parking area. Water flows from Five Kezars Pond in Waterford, through Kezar River and down to Kezar Falls Gorge. A chain link fence guards the open ledge at the top of the gorge, which is ten-yards deep and forty-yards long. Paths to the left and right of the fence provide a better view of the glacial stone carved by centuries of ceaseless water flow. The pool at the bottom of the gorge is emerald green and refreshingly cold.