Houston Brook Falls
Pleasant Ridge, ME

RATING: 4.5/5.0

Houston Brook Falls
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Somerset County
TOWN: Pleasant Ridge
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Horsetails and plunges
HEIGHT: 32-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Houston Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.25 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: -75 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 30, D-3 (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:

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.


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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