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Franklin is a small, quiet town located off the beaten path on the mid coast of Maine, approximately 45 minutes to Acadia National Park and the Bar Harbor region. The town began in the early 1800s, and for the next 100 years or so was a thriving lumber and shipbuilding town. Today, while even the city itself admits, "most people who visit Franklin are on their way to someplace else," the town does have its' own assets and makes an interesting and tranquil vacation spot. There are several ponds located here, including George's Pond, which is really a lake that is approximately one mile wide and one mile long and known for its' excellent fishing for bass, trout and perch. A public landing for launching boats is also located nearby. Other outdoor activities in Franklin include hiking, biking, swimming, horseback riding, and hunting and nearby miniature golf, a water park, go cart track and even live Lumberjack Shows. It's a good area for birdwatching and wildlife viewing, with abundant loons, eagles, wild turkeys, geese and other waterfowl and wildlife. The town is quaint, with no traffic lights and no major highways or interstates intersecting its' boundaries. There are no bars or nightlife in Franklin, but they do have a general store that sells just about everything you need. For anything you can't find there, the town of Ellsworth is just twelve miles away and has more shopping, antique stores, restaurants and other services.

Surrounding areas: Hancock, Maine (4.1 mi), Sullivan, Maine (4.9 mi), Sorrento, Maine (8.3 mi), Ellsworth, Maine (12.0 mi), Bayside, Maine (12.7 mi), Beech Hill Pond, Maine (12.9 mi), Green Lake, Maine (13.6 mi)

Franklin Vacation Rentals

Franklin Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Colonial Travelodge321 High StEllsworth, ME9.4 mi.(207) 667-5548
Comfort Inn130 High StEllsworth, ME9.6 mi.(207) 667-1345
Holiday Inn-ellsworth-acadia NTL Park215 High StEllsworth, ME9.6 mi.(207) 667-9341
Fairfield Inn125 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.9 mi.(207) 288-8983
Fairfield Inn325 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.9 mi.(207) 288-8883
Holiday Inn Sun Spree Resort-bar Harbor123 Eden StBar Harbor, ME12.9 mi.(207) 288-9723
Atlantic Oakes119 Eden StBar Harbor, ME13.2 mi.(207) 288-5801
Wonder View Inn50 Eden StBar Habor, ME13.7 mi.(207) 288-3358
Best Western InnRR 2 Box 1127Bar Harbor, ME13.9 mi.(207) 288-5823
Snell House21 Atlantic AveBar Harbor, ME13.9 mi.(207) 288-8004
Bar Harbor Quality Inn40 Kebo StBar Harbor, ME14.4 mi.(207) 288-5403
Best Western Jed Prouty Inn64 MainBucksport, ME26.8 mi.(207) 464-3113
Cozy Inn440 Wilson StBrewer, ME28.8 mi.(207) 989-0084
Colony Motel649 N Main StBrewer, ME29.2 mi.(207) 989-6275
Link View Motel377 Main StOrono, ME29.3 mi.(207) 866-7020

Franklin Weather & Climate

Southeast Maine , along the Atlantic Seacoast, has a distinct four-season climate. This area, often referred to as "Downeast Maine," includes the Acadia National Park and Mount Desert Island. Visitors are advised to come prepared for a variety of weather conditions in this part of Maine because the climate is highly changeable. Temperatures in summer can range as much as 45 degrees F to 85 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures vary from 30 degrees F to 70 degrees F. You may also encounter fog or rain at any time. The Maine coastal climate is ranked second to only the Pacific Northwest in annual precipitation. This moisture occurs in every form at Acadia National Park. Ice storms are regular in winter and early spring. Average annual rainfall is 48 inches and average annual snowfall is 61 inches.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 10°F 4.27 in. -
February 33°F 13°F 3.14 in. 36°F
March 41°F 23°F 4.22 in. 38°F
April 52°F 32°F 4.20 in. 43°F
May 64°F 42°F 3.85 in. 49°F
June 73°F 51°F 3.66 in. 54°F
July 78°F 57°F 3.46 in. 58°F
August 77°F 56°F 2.94 in. 62°F
September 68°F 48°F 4.05 in. 58°F
October 56°F 39°F 4.20 in. 54°F
November 45°F 30°F 4.70 in. 52°F
December 34°F 17°F 4.11 in. 44°F

Franklin Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Hancock County Bar Harbor airport (BHB) located about 11 miles southwest of Franklin in Bar Harbor, Maine, the Bangor International airport (BGR) located approximately 32 miles northwest of Franklin in Bangor, Maine, the Knox County Regional airport (RKD) located roughly 56 miles southwest of Franklin in Rockland, Maine, and finally the Waterville Robert Lafleur airport (WVL) located around 71 miles west of Franklin in Waterville, Maine.

Franklin Attractions

Water Parks
Odyssey Water ParkTrentonME12.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Bar Harbor Golf CourseEllsworthME9.3 mi.
White Birches Country ClubEllsworthME12.0 mi.
Kebo Valley ClubBar HarborME13.9 mi.
Grindstone Neck Golf CourseWinter HarborME15.2 mi.
Lucerne Hills Golf ClubEast HoldenME19.8 mi.
Northeast Harbor Golf ClubNortheast HarborME20.4 mi.
Causeway ClubSouthwest HarborME21.6 mi.
Felt Brook Golf CenterHoldenME24.3 mi.
Bucksport Golf ClubBucksportME25.0 mi.
Pine Hill Golf ClubBrewerME29.0 mi.
Penobscot Valley Country ClubOronoME30.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Camden SnowbowlCamdenME48.7 mi.
Big SquawGreenvilleME89.6 mi.
Sugarloaf USAKingfieldME97.7 mi.
Black MountainRumfordME114.2 mi.
State Parks
Lamoine State ParkME9.9 mi. 
Fort Point State ParkME29.8 mi. 
Moose Point State ParkME36.5 mi. 
Roque Bluffs State ParkME37.0 mi. 
Farnsworth Art MuseumRocklandME54.7 mi.(Art)

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