Bridgton Maine is a small town in Cumberland County. Its population in the 2020 census was just over 5,400 year-round residents. Much of the town's eastern border runs along the 11-mile Long Lake. Other beautifully unspoiled bodies of water in Bridgton include Moose Pond, Highland Lake and Woods Pond. There is also a frontage on Kezar Pond. The picture above is of Moose Pond, with the Pleasant Mountain Ski Area in the background.
In 1768, land was granted by Massachusetts to a group of proprietors led by a man named Moody Bridges, for whom Bridgton was ultimately named. European settlers began to live in the area in the 1770s, and Bridgton incorporated as a town in 1794.
From 1832 until the advent of the railroad, goods were moved between Bridgton and surrounding towns along the Cumberland-Oxford Canal. Twenty-eight locks along the way made for a navigable water route of 38 miles, from Harrison Maine in the north to Portland Maine on the coast. The last lock was the Songo River lock, which connected the southern tip of Long Lake with Sebago, Maine's largest lake. Songo is the only lock still in use from the era, and pleasure boaters from Bridgton's Long Lake use it to access Sebago.
Bridgton Maine is very much a summer resort town. Hot days find tourists and residents alike flocking to enjoy all the boating, fishing, tubing, kayaking, and paddleboarding that Bridgton offers. Families enjoy spending a day swimming and picnicking at Highland Lake Beach, Woods Pond Beach and Salmon Point Beach. On summer evenings folks are out grabbing an ice cream after dinner, then heading for the Bridgton Twin Drive-In Theater, one of the few remaining drive-in movies in the region.
Speaking of dinner, when you're in Bridgton, give Venezia's a try for Italian (check for hours in the off season), or the Standard Gastropub for some truly unique fare!
With easy access to Pleasant Mountain and Bald Pate Mountain, hiking in any season in Bridgton can't be beat. A recently added standout is Pondicherry Park (above), a newly created recreational area of 66+ acres. There you'll find some easy, well-tended trails, perfect for kids. The Stevens Brook Trail, an easy two-mile stretch from Highland Lake to Long Lake, is another good choice for those not looking for an arduous hike.
Elementary school-age children in Bridgton are served by the Stevens Brook School. The combined Lake Region Middle School and Lake Region High School are both located in next-door Naples Maine. Bridgton is also home to Bridgton Academy, an all-boys college-preparatory school established in 1808.
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