Howe Brook Trail

Baxter State Park, Maine 04763

Distance1.9mi
Elevation Gain833ft
Trailhead Elevation1,000ft
Top1,669ft
Elevation Min/Max1000/1669ft
Elevation Start/End1000/1000ft

Howe Brook Trail

Howe Brook Trail is a hiking trail in Piscataquis County, Maine. It is within Baxter State Park. It is 1.9 miles long and begins at 1,000 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 833 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pogy Notch Trail.

Howe Brook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Howe Brook falls is a nice hike on the north side of Baxter State Park that passes a number of cascades and pools before reaching the main attraction. With a lake and canoe rentals next to a campground at the trailhead, this would make a great family outing."

"The Howe Brook Trail follows Howe Brook from near where it flows into Lower South Branch Pond, upstream past a lower falls, and on to an upper falls. The lower falls is a long series of drops, pools, and sluices over and around exposed bedrock. You’ll find several large swimming holes and sunny, flat rocks to dry out on.

The upper falls is a single drop off a cliff that arcs across the valley. Just below the upper falls, you can explore Howe Brook. The section of the brook just below the upper falls is much like the lower falls, except even more vertical."

"The Howe Brook Trail follows Howe Brook from near where it ?ows into Lower South Branch Pond upstream past lower falls and on to upper falls.

The lower falls is a long series of drops, pool, and sluices over and around exposed bedrock. It offers several large swimming holes and sunny ?at rocks to dry out on. The upper falls is a single drop off a cliff that arcs across the valley."

"You can complete this whole hike or just a fragment, and it will still be a worthy outing. In fact, you may not get far at all once you reach the brook. There’s something about rocks and water that lends itself to easy entertainment for children.

Once distracted by throwing rocks in the water or playing along the water’s edge, it may be difficult to get kids to move on. So prepare to take this one slowly, and be happy with whatever ground you cover."

Howe Brook Trail Reviews

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8/19/2010
The sliding shoots approximately 1.1 miles from start of the easy hike where fun although most of the shoots you could not do because of lack of water. Still very fun with the kids, not very challenging.
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8/22/2008
Howe Brook is a nice easy trail. A great nature walk through the woods with beautiful waterfalls and pools. Great for all ages!
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5/21/2008
We planned to hike for a while on the Pogy Notch Trail, but we did not want to ford Howe Brook so we changed plans and hiked up the Howe Brook Trail. It was raining off and on, but we had our lunch at Howe Falls. We did not hike to the top of the trail, because of rain. I want to hike this trail again.
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Trail Information

Baxter State Park
Nearby City
Baxter State Park
Parks
Swimming
Additional Use
Waterfalls
Features
Baxter State Park
Local Contacts
DeLorme’s The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 51; Wassataquoik Lake; Baxter State Park.
Local Maps

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Jul 2018