An endless back road digs deep into the landscape, but nothing prepares you for this “mine in the sky,” with its towering cliffs, canyons, mysterious holes, and dramatic overlooks to Mount Cardigan. Sam Ruggles kept his 1803 discovery a secret, but the ground still glitters with leftover mica, quartz, and 150 other intriguing minerals, while everywhere the tap-tap-tap of hopeful hammers rings out. Best Geology Lesson
New England Traveler
Planning a New England day trip, weekend getaway, or longer adventure? Explore our curated New England travel directory, featuring picks from the editors of Yankee Magazine (the New England experts since 1935) for the best things to do in each state, plus where to shop, eat, and stay.