KINGFIELD — Eleven new signs along the Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway welcome visitors with interesting stories about the region, thanks to a $25,543 grant from the Franklin County Tax Increment Financing District and a $10,459 from the Maine Department of Transportation.

The new interpretive signs were recently installed at four scenic turnouts along the byway: Sarampus Falls, AT turnout/Wyman, Flagstaff Lake and Chain of Ponds. The colorful signs give information about the byway’s history and notable natural attractions. 

“The new signs along the byway are very much being looked at by our visitors,” said Nadene McLeod, byway committee member and commuter. “It’s great that they give people a chance to pause, learn and ponder staying in the region.”

In addition to a typical rest-stop experience, visitors will be able to learn about Benedict Arnold’s trek through the region, the wonders of the Bigelow Range and what happened to the former village of Flagstaff, to name a few of the local topics featured on the signs.

The aptly named byway is located in the High Peaks Region, home to 10 of Maine’s 14 peaks over 4,000 feet, offering numerous opportunities to soak in the dramatic landscapes, abundant wildlife and recreation opportunities. Those interested in exploring the 47-mile Maine High Peaks Scenic Byway will begin their scenic drive in the historic Franklin County town of Kingfield and end their tour at the Canadian border in Coburn Gore.

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