Houston Brook Falls is another scenic splendor located minutes off the ME 201 highway, allowing for convenient and simple access. An easy, 10-minute walk through woods leads to the star of the show, a 32-foot nearly-vertical drop of Houston Brook.
The falls are wild and rugged, with every outcrop of folded rock having a jagged appearance. There are a few notable swimming spots, the best being the shallow rectangular channel just below the falls. During low-water, it is a simple task to enter this pool, but, in high water, the difficulty multiplies. The mist of the falls often makes the surrounding rocks too dangerous to scramble across.
Just downstream, the brook terminates at Wyman Lake, which is visible from the waterfall. The entire area is scenic, with nothing blocking your views. The best time to visit this waterfall appears to be in the morning, as they have eastern exposure and are lit up by the sun in the early hours of the day.
First, locate and approach the roadside sign affixed to a tree for “Houston Brook Falls”. At the sign, follow the trail down parallel to the transfer station. Expect some muddy areas along the trail in the springtime, and a few steps up and down near the brook to reach the falls. You will cross a deteriorating man-made log bridge and the falls will be visible through the trees. Continue downstream to the riverbed where the waterfall will become fully visible.
Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us 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.
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