Nancy A. Perlson Scenic Turnout

About the Nancy A. Perlson Scenic Turnout

The Nancy A. Perlson Scenic Turnout overlooks the Sandy River in Madrid, the Gateway to the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway. The turnout greets visitors with a kiosk featuring attractions across the region and Interpretive signs sharing the history of Madrid and Atlantic Salmon restoration efforts in the Sandy River, paying special tribute to the iconic buildings that stood there previously.


During the summer months, visitors may meet a Byway Ambassador who guides visitors to help find the best experiences and services in the region tailored to them. 


Recreation Opportunities

Conservation Story

RLHT purchased the 3-acre property in 2019. After razing the abandoned buildings, locally known as Poacher’s Paradise, RLHT partnered with ME DOT, ME DEP, the Northern Forest Center, the National Scenic Byway Committee, the Maine Office of Tourism, the Madrid Historical Society, and many others to conserve this property as a gateway to the Rangeley Lakes National Scenic Byway and to honor its past. 


Being prepared means knowing where you are going before getting there. Pack a map, talk with hikers and look at trail apps. Choose equipment for comfort, weather, and safety. Plan the trip to match your time, skills, and abilities. 

We strive for one well-designed trail rather than many poorly chosen routes. Stay within the width of the trail and hike single file on durable surfaces, like rock and sand. They can withstand repeated use. Durable surfaces are less likely to erode. Vegetation, including the lichen that grows on rocks, is fragile and easily damaged by treads. 

Carry in, carry out. Please remove your pet’s waste.

Allow those who come after you the same sense of wonder by leaving flowers, rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of interest where they are. 

Permitted campfires are allowed in the established fire ring. State of Maine laws must be followed. 

When wildlife watching, we recommend using the  Rule of Thumb. Don’t touch, get near, feed, or pick up wild animals. Doing so causes them stress, and they may have a harmful disease to humans. 

Always be courteous to other visitors. Everyone deserves to enjoy a positive outdoor experience. Be mindful of your noise level, be a responsible pet owner, and enjoy the natural world. 



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Current Conditions

Rangeley Region
2:57 pm, September 30, 2023
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1022 mb
Visibility: 8.047 km
Sunrise: 6:38 am
Sunset: 6:26 pm

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