Rumford first attracted the attention of early settlers for its falls, the largest east of Niagara. In the 1890s, this natural power resource led to the establishment of the Oxford Paper Company, now the NewPage Rumford mill. While less than 7,000 people reside in Rumford, it is the largest of the 10 communities comprising the River Valley Region. The town is also the home of Black Mountain, one of the top Nordic skiing areas in North America and the site of two U.S. Cross Country Championships.
Living in western Maine places you in the middle of a prime four-season destination known as the Western Mountain Region. In addition to offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing, Rumford boasts a snowmobile club with nearly 100 miles of maintained trails. Rumford is situated within easy commute of two of New England’s premiere winter and summer resorts, Sunday River and Sugarloaf Mountain. At both mountain resorts, championship golf courses designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. round out year round recreational opportunities.
You also can take advantage of the opportunities for biking, hunting, fishing, boating, gold panning, golfing and hiking in the warmer seasons. You'll find many other cultural, historical and entertainment activities within a short drive of Rumford.
City of Rumford
Town services, maps, schools, weather, links to local and state resources
Information on government, demographics, schools, parks, arts, entertainment
Chamber of Commerce
Business directory, tourist resources, information on each of the 10 River Valley communities
Chamber of Commerce for Bethel area (western Oxford County) covering area activities and events
Properties available in the Rumford area
Data on communities, including demographics, population, housing, and schools
131 ski trails over 8 mountain peaks and a champion ship golf course only 22 miles away
Nordic and Alpine skiing, terrain park, snow tubing, lessons, events
134 ski trails and a championship golf course
Living history center in Livermore focusing on rural life in Maine in the 18th and 19th centuries
Historic performing arts center in Harrison with a variety of events, July through August
Lewiston/Auburn area calendar of art, entertainment, and cultural events
Places to visit, events, and other travel information in Maine – western section highlights (Maine Lakes & Mountains) at www.visitmaine.com
News and Weather
Lewiston daily newspaper covering national, regional, and local news, including section for River Valley
Weekly newspaper covering local news, sports, and events in Rumford area
Weather conditions and forecasts in Rumford and surrounding areas