Maine is known for its miles of gorgeous beaches, but did you know that it’s also brimming with stunning waterfalls? The beauty doesn’t stop at the coast in the Pine Tree State. If you needed another reason to visit northern New England, this is it. So, how many waterfalls does Maine actually have? And which ones should you visit?
Here, we take a deep dive into everything you need to know about the waterfalls in Maine. Let’s begin.
How Many Waterfalls Are There in Maine?
Believe it or not, there are over 60 waterfalls in Maine that are reviewed and visitable. This might seem surprising, as Maine looks like a relatively small state compared to the rest of the country.
However, it has a whopping 17,521,753 acres of total forest land. This means that around 74% of the state is total wilderness. And with all the streams, lakes, and rivers running through these lush woodlands, it’s actually no surprise that Maine is home to so many waterfalls.
Traveler’s Tip: Keep exploring New England and cool off in these beautiful lakes in Massachusetts.
What Is the Biggest Waterfall in Maine?
The tallest waterfall in Maine is called Moxie Falls, and it’s in West Forks, Maine. West Forks is an extremely rural town nestled in Somerset County. Known for its white water rafting, natural beauty, and not much else.
You’ll need to make sure you gas up and bring any needed supplies with you. One thing’s for sure, though — the ride up will be stunning and the destination will be completely worth it.
The Best Waterfalls in Maine You Have to Visit
Let’s take a look at the 10 best waterfalls Maine has to offer. Grab a pen and paper, get comfortable, and read on!
Location: The trailhead is off of Bemis Rd in West Central Franklin, ME 04275.
About: Angel Falls is in a beautiful, natural hotspot in the northern woods. Close to Coos Canyon, The Height of the Land, Rangeley, and Mooselookmeguntic Lake, you’ll be able to plan an entire day (or days) in this stunning area.
How to Visit: It’s completely free to visit Angel Falls. You’ll need to drive up to West Franklin, Maine (towards Rangley) and turn left onto a dirt road called Bemis Road. After about a mile, you’ll see a sign for Angel Falls and a dedicated parking area. To reach the falls, you’ll need to hike 1.1 miles, round trip, down a relatively easy path.
Location: The trailhead is off EB Hill Rd in North Oxford, ME 04261.
About: Dunn Falls is in beautiful, Western Maine along the Appalachian Trail. While the hike is a bit more challenging than the one to Angel Falls, many small waterfalls are on the way — making it a very popular hike.
How to Visit: From Andover, Maine, take Uptown Road to EB Hill Road for several miles. You’ll then see the Dunn Falls Trailhead on your right. If you’re coming from New Hampshire, follow Route 26 until you see EB Hill Road on your left.
From the trailhead, you’ll need to follow the path marked by a small cairn. Then, take a left on Cascade trail marked by blue blazes. Keep an eye out for a small side trail that leads to the Falls. The entire loop trail is 1.9 miles, and it’s completely free!
Location: The trailhead is off of Lower Enchanted Rd in Dead River Township, ME 04961.
About: Grand Falls is an impressive water formation that spans 100 feet across and 40 feet high. The falls form a horseshoe shape and are part of the greater Dead River Stream, which is home to avid white water rafters. If you’re interested in visiting in the winter, there are also many snowmobile trails leading to the falls.
How to Visit: Luckily, it’s completely free to visit Grand Falls. From New Portland, follow Route 146 north to Long Falls Dam Road. After taking a left, follow Long Falls Dam Road north until it turns into Short Cut Road.
Then, take a right onto Scott Road and follow it until it turns into Lower Enchanted Road, and the parking area will be on your right. The hiking trail to the falls is relatively easy at about one mile long, round trip.
Location: 503 Lake Moxie Rd, West Forks, ME 04985
About: At 90 feet high, Moxie Falls is the tallest waterfall in Maine. And while it’s in the remote town of West Forks, this location can become extremely busy in the summer and fall months. Because of this, you might want to visit on a weekday or sometimes off-season.
How to Visit: To get to Moxie Falls, you’ll need to follow Route 201 north from Caratunk, Maine. Once you get to The Forks, take a right onto Lake Moxie Road and follow it until you see signs for the trailhead. The hike to Moxie Falls is 2 miles round trip and considered moderately difficult. Pets are allowed, but camping is not allowed near the falls.
Location: Gulf Hagas Trailhead, Katahdin Iron Works Rd, Monson, ME 04464
About: Gulf Hagas is part of the infamous 100-Mile Wilderness trail and is also known as “The Grand Canyon of Maine.” This area is also a part of the Appalachian Trail, making it a popular hike.
The Gulf Hagas Falls are actually not just one waterfall, but a series of cascading falls created as the Pleasant River descends 400 feet through the area. It’s one of the most popular waterfalls in Maine for a reason.
How to Visit: To get to Gulf Hagas from Greenville, follow E Road past the Wilson Stream Reservoir. The road will then turn into “Ki Road.” Follow this road into the 100 Mile Wilderness and then take a left onto Katahdin Iron Works Road. It will take you to the Gulf Hagas Parking lot.
Keep in mind that there is a day use fee of $11 for Maine residents and $16 for non-Maine residents. Children under 18 or adults over 70 are free. Luckily, people of all ages and abilities have access to the falls, as there’s an accessible bridge that provides a view of the falls not far from the parking lot.
However, if you’re up for a hike, many beautiful trails in the area provide excellent views of the nearby falls and streams.
Houston Brook Falls
Location: Houston Brook Falls, Pleasant Ridge Plantation, ME 04920
About: Are you looking for an easy, family-friendly hike with a swimming hole at the end? If so, Houston Brook Falls might be your top choice. The trail leading in is only 0.5 miles long, and it’s open year-round.
It won’t take long for you to see the stunning 32-foot falls up ahead, which empty into a pristine swimming hole. You can even bring your four-legged friend with you, as leashed dogs are welcome.
How to Visit: From Bingham, follow Route 201 north until you see signs for Bridge Street. Then, take a left to cross the Kennebec River and turn right onto Ridge Road. It eventually turns into Pleasent Ridge Road and will lead you to the trailhead for Houston Brooke Falls.
The trailhead itself has a “Houston Brooke Falls” sign, and the trail is relatively easy to traverse and follow. If you get thirsty, feel free to head to the nearby Kennebec River Pub & Brewery. There are no fees.
Location: Step Falls Preserve, Newry, ME 04261
About: Step Falls Preserve is another beautiful, easy hike with an amazing reward at the end. You’ll see stunning waterfalls, and there’s a great swimming area with plenty of natural “waterslides.” It’s perfect for kids, dogs on a leash, or those who want to cool off after hiking Old Speck or Puzzle Mountain.
How to Visit: From Newry, take Route 26 north past Grafton Notch Campground; Step Falls Preserve parking will be on your right. The hike itself is 1.1 miles out and back and will take about 33 minutes to finish. You’ll have beautiful views and amazing swimming opportunities at the top. There are no fees.
Hay Brook Falls
Location: Hey Brook Falls, Katahdin Iron Works Rd, Monson, ME 04464
About: Like Gulf Hagas, Hay Brook Falls is located in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest, just north of Brownville. However, unlike Gulf Hagas, Hay Brook is a true hidden gem. You won’t find the crowds at Gulf Hagas or Moxie Falls, which is surprising because Hay Brook is so beautiful.
How to Visit: Follow Route 11 North and turn left onto Ebeemee Road. This will lead to Katahdin Iron Works Road. After following this for 14 miles, you’ll see a parking area with a trailhead. The beautiful 25-foot falls are nearby. There is a day use fee, so bring cash.
Screw Auger Falls
Location: Screw Auger Falls, North Oxford, ME 04261
About: Screw Auger Falls is in Grafton Notch State Park and is a 23-foot tall waterfall that descends off of Bear River. It features a relatively easy hike that takes only about 5 minutes to complete. This is also a fantastic place to set up a picnic and swim in the gorge, and you’ll find many families there on hot summer days.
How to Visit: From Newry, take Route 26 north past Grafton Notch Campground. The parking area for Screw Auger Falls is on the left. There’s no fee to visit the falls, but be careful of the steep ledges in the area. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Alder Stream Falls
Location: Penobscot Off-Reservation Trust Land, Herseytown Township, ME
About: Alder Stream Falls actually features two waterfalls along Little Alder Stream. The 25-foot lower falls horsetail and cascade down, while the 20-foot Upper Falls plunge down more dramatically.
How to Visit: From Eustis, follow Route 27 north and then take a left on Alder Stream Road. Follow this road until you find a parking area along Alder Stream. The two falls should be located 0.1 miles from this area. There are no entrance fees to the Alder Stream Falls.
Is Visiting Waterfalls in Maine Worth It?
To access most of Maine’s waterfalls, you’ll most likely have to spend hours in the car driving into the north woods. Nevertheless, these will be some of the most beautiful drives you’ll ever experience, and the destination is well worth it.
To make your trip even better, you could plan to visit several destinations in one area. This will make the drive up completely and totally worth it.
Which waterfall are you most excited to visit? Let us know in the comments below!