Waterfalls. Nothing in nature seems more serene. The unbridled power of rushing water pouring over a gigantic drop is often enough to make your knees weak. It’s beauty that calls for respect, but maybe it’s just the white noise that I love so much. The sound intensity of the plunging water under enormous pressure perfectly drowns out every care or worry on your mind and the picture-perfect sights seem to bring a fresh, relaxing peace of mind. Here are my top three waterfall picks within an afternoon drive from Portland.
1) Moxie Falls , The Forks – At 90 feet, this is one of the largest falls in New England. There is plenty of reason to visit if you haven’t crossed this gem off of your to-do list. If it’s not on your to-do list, add it! A quick 20 minute hike in from Trailhead, on level ground, leads to the top of the falls. There are several look-out stations along the falls for taking photos, each with a unique view. The falls is only 2 1/2 hours from Portland and it’s very easy to find. Directions are here.
2) Grand Falls, The Forks – OK, so now you’re realizing a weekend trip to The Forks might be up your alley. The panoramic view of this famous horseshoe-style falls is amazing simply amazing. It’s located on the Dead River, home of one of Maine’s famous whitewater rafting trips. It’s “only” a 40 foot drop, bu it’s the width of this waterfall that is jaw-dropping. You’ll want to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the view. And with a hike of only 20-minutes, you won’t have to spend much time hiking out on that full belly. Directions aren’t exactly the easiest, I’ll be honest. But, if it wasn’t worth it, I wouldn’t be posting it. Directions are here.
3) Lower Screw Auger Falls, Newry – Maybe you’re looking to stay a bit more local to the city. Hopefully you’ve already been to Grafton Notch. If not, or you’re new to the area, this is a must-see area of Maine. Grafton Notch offers beautiful and very scenic stops and Screw Auger Falls is one of them. After a 45 foot drop, the streaming waterfall veers right in what can only be called a natural arch. And within just seconds of the highway that runs through Grafton Notch, this is an easy one to view. The State Park is only two hours away from Portland and is worth every minute of the drive. Directions are here.