Angel Falls
Township D, ME

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Angel Falls
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Franklin County
TOWN: Township D
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Plunge
HEIGHT: 90 feet
WATER SOURCE: Mountain Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.8 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate (see notes)
HIKING TIME: 30 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: Down 50 feet, up 150 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: June to July
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 18, B-4 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: Angel Wing Falls



THE FALLS:

For years, there has been a dispute of which waterfall, Angel Falls or Moxie Falls, is Maine's tallest single drop. Some accounts will say that Angel Falls, at 90 feet, is a foot taller than Moxie Falls. Other sources have stated that they are both 90 feet tall. Dean Goss, maintainer of www.northeastwaterfalls.com, shed light on the true answer which is neither! Katahdin Falls, a remote falls found deep in the mountainous woods of Baxter State Park, wins the tallest waterfall in Maine award. Regardless of which falls is the tallest, each offers a wild remote treasure not commonly found in this region.
         With surrounding cliff walls of up to 115 feet in height, Angel Falls is remarkably scenic. The 25-foot gap positioned on the top of the cliff wall can be explained by two theories, the first being erosion. Through the years it appears as if the water was slicing its way through the cliff walls, causing the sediments to flow downstream. The other theory suggests that the perfectly sized and shaped boulder at the base of the waterfall used to sit in the gap above. Perhaps it was knocked out during the last Ice Age or even by a great hurricane. We cannot say which theory is correct, but the gap on the cliff wall which the water flows through distinguishes Angel Falls from all others in the region.
         What makes Angel Falls deserving of its name is the way the water lightly kisses the rocks upon its descent from the heavens. The light flowing plunge has soft sounds as it sprays into the rust colored water below. Given the difficulty of accessing this waterfall in winter we can only assume that the strong early spring run off offers a stronger and different perspective that limited viewers have the opportunity of seeing.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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