The River Valley is a melting pot of sorts with people from a variety of backgrounds. The primary language of the area is English, but there are still many descended from French-Canadian families who often speak French. There is a large Italian community, with a Sons of Italy lodge, as well as decedents of Polish, Lithuanian, and Scottish heritage.
The River Valley Region is located north of Auburn. From Auburn, travel north on Route 4 to Route 108 West, which will bring you into Rumford, the largest town in the River Valley. You will pass through Canton, Peru, and the turn to Dixfield and Carthage.
From New Hampshire or Bethel travel East on U.S. Route 2 into Rumford. You will pass through Hanover and pass the intersection of Route 5 which brings you to Andover.
From the east (most points in Central Maine) you can travel on U.S. Route 2 West through Dixfield and Mexico into Rumford.
If you are visiting from our neighbors to the north, you can travel down Route 17 from Rangeley through Byron, Roxbury and Mexico to U.S. Route 2.
Travel in the region is done primarily by automobile. In the winter, snowmobiles use an extensive trail system that is well maintained by the local clubs. While ATVs are prevalent in the area, we are only now working on developing an ATV trail system. While some of the snowmobile trails are open to mountain bikes, land owners have been hesitant to open their property to ATVs due to abuse.
Downtown Rumford - Shopper's Island, Architecture, Vietnam Memorial, Rumford Historical Society
Rumford Information Booth - Paul Bunyan Statue, Pennacook (Rumford) Falls, Edmund Sixtus Muskie Memorial, Indian Sillhouettes
Rumford Falls Village - Rumford Library, Strathglass Park (architecture)
Rumford Center Village - Rumford Historic Society Museum
Ponds & Rivers
Androscoggin River (fed by the Rangeley Lakes, passes through Hanover, Rumford, Mexico, Dixfield, Peru and Canton)- Commonly used for fishing, canoeing, kyaking and light boating. The river was once used to transport logs to the local paper mills, and as such has lost much of its depth. Boating is limited to shallow water boats in many areas.
Ellis River (Passes Through Andover and Rumford, feeds the Androscoggin River in Rumford Point) - A beautiful river to canoe or kyak. The variable depth restricts access by larger boats. Fishing is common, as is swimming in some areas.
Swift River (Passes through Byron, Roxbury, Mexico and Rumford, Feeds the Androscoggin at the Mexico/Rumford line) - This variable depth river has limited opportunities for kyaking and fewer for canoing depending upon the season. Swimming is common all along the river.
Roxbury Pond - Recreational pond with public beaches and boat launches. Off Route 17 in Roxbury (by the town hall) take Frye Crossover Road to Route 120, turn right, follow signs.