Bethel Activities


  • Gould Academy Single Track 39 Church Street, Bethel, ME 04217
    •  The trails are primarily for the Gould Academy Race courses, but they are also open to the public.


  • Steam Mill Brewing 96 Sunday River Road, Bethel, ME, 04217 | (207) 824-1149
    • A microbrewery crafting delicious beers from local ingredients!
  • Sunday River Brewing Company 29 Sunday River Rd, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 824-4253
    • Sunday River isn’t just a luxury ski resort, they even have their own brewery!


  • Bethel Outdoor Adventure and Campground 121 Mayville Rd, Bethel ME 04217 | (207) 824-4224
    • Located right next to the Androscoggin River, you’re sure to encounter plenty of beauty during your stay at this campground!
  • Pleasant River Campground 764 West Bethel Rd, West Bethel, ME 04286 | (207) 836-2000
    • Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and more.


  • This website lists all the events Bethel will be home to!
  • Bethel Art Fair Bethel Town Common, Broad St, Bethel, ME 04217 | ​(800) 442-5826
    • This annual event features over 50 artists and artisans at over a dozen locations around town with art openings, film, gallery open houses, youth art shows, and hands-on create-your-own-art activities for all ages.
  • Bethel Harvestfest & Chowdah Cookoff Bethel Town Common, Broad St, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 824-2282
    • “Celebrate the harvest and the beginning of fall foliage season with arts, crafts, a farmers’ market, an apple pie contest, live music, and much more on the town common of Bethel, Maine’s most beautiful mountain village.”
  • North American Wife Carrying Championship Sunday River, 15 South Ridge Rd, Newry, ME 04261
    • Looking for a unique event? Head over to Sunday River for the Wife Carrying Championship, where couples cross a 278-yard obstacle course over hurdles, through a watery mud pit, and up an unsteady sandhill, competing to win the wife’s weight in beer and five times her weight in cash.


  • Middle Intervale Farm 758 Intervale Rd, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 890-1559
    • Neighborhood dairy farms that offers naturally raised meats and fresh produce.
  • Swain Family Farm 185 W Bethel Rd, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 357-9504
    • Read what visitors have to say about Swain’s incredible produce here!



  • There are hikes along the waterfalls and also trails such as the Caribou Trail and Blueberry Ridge trail. The level of difficulty ranges so there is a match for everyone. Check out this site for the best trails. Check out this article for directions to the Blueberry mountain hike with an emerald lagoon at the top! This starts from Gilead, Maine, which is west of Bethel on Rt 2 and Rt 113.
  • Appalachian Trail Bethel, ME 04217
    • The final 282 miles of the Appalachian Trail is located in Maine. The difficulty varies depending on the part of the trail, but Maine’s portion of the trail is the “most challenging, rugged, and remote state, and it has the wildest feel of any area of the trail.”
  • Grafton Notch State Park 1941 Bear River Rd, Newry, ME 04261 | (207) 824-2912
    • “These lands offer rugged terrain for backcountry hikers and include 12 of the most challenging miles along the entire Appalachian Trail… those who seek tamer adventures can find short walks leading to impressive waterfalls and gorges.”


Rainy Day Activities

  • Elements Art Gallery 162 Main St, Bethel Maine 04219 | (207) 824-0577
    • This art gallery features astounding work from local artists. A perfect place to visit when the weather doesn’t agree with outdoor activities!
  • Dig Maine Gems 1148 South Main St, Woodstock, ME 04219 | (207) 674-3440
    • Screen through mine tailings and keep what you find!
  • Maine Mineral and Gem Museum 99 Main St, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 824-3036
    • Maine’s finest collection of minerals and gems, which includes Maine tourmaline and “one of the world’s foremost collections of extraterrestrial rocks … including the five largest pieces of the Moon on Earth!”


  • The Bethel Inn Resort 21 Broad St, Bethel, ME 04217 |  (207) 824-2175
    Sunday River Activities in Bethel
    Sunday River Ski Resort – Photo Credit: Sunday River
    • Ski resort great for weddings and other events, and more activities including golfing and a spa.
  • Mt. Abram Ski Resort 37 Howe Hill Rd, Greenwood, ME 04255 | (207) 875-5000
    • Cheaper skiing alternative to the larger Sunday River. Ski rentals and skiing schools are available.
  • Sunday River Ski Resort 15 South Ridge Rd, Newry, ME 04261 | (800) 543-2754
    • A bike park with lift service for downhill slopes. Season passes available.
  • Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing Bethel ME 04217
    • For more skiing and snowshoeing options, visit the above link!

Veterans Monuments & Memorials

Waterfront – Beaches, Swimming, Boating, Fishing

  • Bethel Outdoor Adventure 121 Mayville Rd, Bethel, ME 04217 | (207) 824-4224
    • Rent a variety of boats like canoes, kayaks, and even paddleboards.
  • Frenchman’s Hole Bull Branch Rd, Newry, ME 04261
    • Popular local waterfall with a swimming hole and some nearby trails.
  • Screw Auger Falls Rte 26, Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, ME 04261
    • One of Maine’s most popular waterfalls located in Grafton Notch State Park. There is a relatively short trail to the waterfall, which is a beautiful 25-foot plunge into the Bear River that goes into more shallow pools. Past this, also in Grafton Notch, is the smaller Mother Walker Falls.
  • Step Falls Newry, ME 04261
    • “Spectacular long chain of descending horsetails and cascades… Wight Brook, a wide mountain stream, meanders its way down several hundred feet of sunny granite slabs.” One thing to keep in mind is that during the spring it is filled with water but later in the summer it mostly dries up.
  • Bethel has many swimming holes to cool off in the summer. These holes include the Angevine Park Swim Hole and Frenchman’s Hole. For waterfalls, there are Screw Auger Falls, Mother Walker Falls, and Rumford Falls. If you’re feeling determined you can add a hike in to get to Dunn Falls.
  • There are over 50 fishing spots in and around Bethel. This link will help guide you.

Wildlife – Birding

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