Dunn Falls
Andover North Surplus, ME

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Dunn Falls
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Oxford County
TOWN: Andover North Surplus
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Upper Falls is horsetails and fans; lower falls is a plunge
HEIGHT: Lower Falls is 80 feet; upper falls is 70-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: West Branch of the Ellis River
TRAIL LENGTH: 2.0 mile loop
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate side of difficult
HIKING TIME: 90 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: Up 350 feet, down 350 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: July through October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 18, D-2 (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: None Noted



THE FALLS:

The two-mile loop trail that encircles Dunn Falls offers more than just two of the highest rated waterfalls in Maine. As you hike this trip, you will find swimming holes, travel a stretch of the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail, and discover lower and upper Dunn Falls, plus a half-dozen smaller, unnamed cascades. With so many natural features, we would have to say that a trip to Dunn Falls is sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone.
          Discovering the remote Lower Dunn Falls is as surprising as finding any waterfall in Maine. Before you reach the side trial to view Dunn Falls only miniature horsetails and cascades will be spotted. How shocking and mind-boggling the nearly-vertical 80 feet drop of lower Dunn Falls is to the virgin eye! With rock walls up to 100 feet in height on opposite sides of the falls, the area is outstandingly scenic. Take your camera for this waterfall, but beware that you will need to rock-hop upstream to earn the best view of the lower falls. The falls can also be seen safely from above along the Appalachian Trail, but these views are limited.
         As if the lower falls is not visually appealing and mentally satisfying enough, more gems lie ahead on the trail. Just before the upper falls lays two lovely rocky-bottom pools, each with small falls cascading into them. The first pool, about 80 feet in circumference, is surrounded by semi-circular rock walls, with the waterfall flowing through a gap in the wall. The second pool has a similar structure and almost-equal dimensions, but behind the pool lies a 70-foot secret; the elusive upper falls. Although half-hidden by the forest, this fanning horsetail is beautiful and adds a perfect ending to the waterfalls on this trip.


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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