South Branch Falls Trail

Patten, Maine

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You will be walking along, surrounded by a thick forest on all sides, when abruptly everything opens up and there before you are open ledges, a rushing river, and beautiful waterfalls. This hike is a younger child’s dream: short and sweet with a huge watery reward. From the parking area, head southwest on the South Branch Falls Trail through a thick mixed forest. After a very brief initial ascent, the trail descends slightly as you head through the trees. Have your kids look for signs of animals. You may come across scat on the trail. You can tell what kinds of animals live in the area from what they leave behind. Fruits, nuts, or berries in the scat can tell you what the animal’s diet consists of and can provide clues to identifying the animals that make their homes here.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

You will be walking along, surrounded by a thick forest on all sides, when abruptly everything opens up and there before you are open ledges, a rushing river, and beautiful waterfalls. This hike is a younger child’s dream: short and sweet with a huge watery reward. From the parking area, head southwest on the South Branch Falls Trail through a thick mixed forest. After a very brief initial ascent, the trail descends slightly as you head through the trees.

Have your kids look for signs of animals. You may come across scat on the trail. You can tell what kinds of animals live in the area from what they leave behind. Fruits, nuts, or berries in the scat can tell you what the animal’s diet consists of and can provide clues to identifying the animals that make their homes here.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Patten
Distance: 1
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Baxter State Park
Local Maps: USGS Wassataquoik Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to South Branch Falls Trail

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