South Branch Falls

Patten, Maine

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An easy hike leads to the falls, less a waterfall than a quartermile race. The water churns through and around rifts in the slate bedrock. The trail crosses the rock with ?ne views. There are several holes and a large pool good for swimming. South Branch Falls is less a waterfall than a quarter-mile race. The stream churns along the edge of a huge hump of bedrock. It slides through narrow V-shaped joints in the slate, drops into deep swirling pools, and crosses ledges, erratically following the route of least resistance. The hike to the falls is short and flat. Just before the falls, there’s a steep descent to the bedrock hump.
Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park

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Hiking Maine's Baxter State Park

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

An easy hike leads to the falls, less a waterfall than a quartermile race. The water churns through and around rifts in the slate bedrock. The trail crosses the rock with ?ne views. There are several holes and a large pool good for swimming.

South Branch Falls is less a waterfall than a quarter-mile race. The stream churns along the edge of a huge hump of bedrock. It slides through narrow V-shaped joints in the slate, drops into deep swirling pools, and crosses ledges, erratically following the route of least resistance. The hike to the falls is short and flat. Just before the falls, there’s a steep descent to the bedrock hump.

© 2017 Greg Westrich/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Patten
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 216 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51; Wassataquoik Lake; Baxter State Park.
Driving Directions: Directions to South Branch Falls

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