OrlandEast of the Penobscot River, along the banks of the Naramissic River.
Incorporated in 1800, the peaceful village of Orland rest along the banks of the Naramissic River. The white steepled church resting along the banks of the river, surrounded by historic homes, general store, museum and antique shop, provide the quintessential New England village. Also one of the more photographed areas in Maine! This picturesque community has an abundance of ponds, streams and beautiful undulating countryside to explore. The Great Ponds Mountain Conservation Trust encompasses lakes, streams, hiking, abundant wildlife and stunning scenery. Orland is centrally located to easily enjoy Maine's breathtaking coastal regions and charming villages, including Blue Hill, Castine, Deer Isle, Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. See further below for a list of attractions and activities for Orland.
What to do in Orland:
Orland River Day is a town birthday celebration held on the third Saturday in June, rain or shine, complete with a parade, food, crafts, a "Downeast" raft race and many other activities. June 2008 will celebrate the 32nd year for this day of celebration.
Craig Brook Fish Hatchery:The Hatchery houses a Visitor's Center with hands-on exhibits showcasing the life cycle of the Atlantic salmon. There are summer tours of the spawning rooms, beach & picnic area, and multiple hiking trails on their 135 acres on Alamoosook Lake and Craig Pond, including a trail to Great Pond Mountain. Located at 306 Hatchery Road, East Orland, ME, the hatchery is dedicated to the restoration of the endangered Atlantic salmon. Craig Brook Fish Hatchery propagates and stocks juvenile Atlantic salmon, and releases over 3.5 million fry each year.
Alamoosook Lake:Alamoosook Lake (and Dead River) cover 1,133 acres, with a 28 ft depth. There is a public boat launch at Craig Brook Fish Hatchery in E. Orland. Fish: Brook & brown trout, smallmouth bass, white perch, salmon and pickerel.
Craig's Pond:218 acres with depths to 69 ft. Picnic area and trial. Foot traffic from Memorial day to Labor Day. Brook trout, salmon, togue, smelt.
Naramissic River: Flows from Alamoosook dam to Orland Village dam.
Dead River: Flows from
Great Pond Mountain: Great Pond Mountain in Orland at 1,038 feet, is a favorite hiking and picnic destination. The view from bald ledges includes the Camden Hills, Mount Desert Island, Penobscot Bay, Schoodic Mtn., and Mount Katahdin on a clear day!
The Orland Market
Village country market serving variety of pizza, ribs, and fresh baked goods. Large selection of beer, wine and "Wicked Neat Gifts". Picnic benches to eat outside along the banks of the picturesque Naramissic River.
Old time country store
“When…I dip down across the Narramissic River and look back at the tiny town of Orland, the white spire of its church against the pale red sky stirs me in a way that Chartres could never do.” EB White
Earlier times in Orland