Rattlesnake Flume and Pool
Stoneham, ME

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Rattlesnake Flume and Pool
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Oxford County
TOWN: Stoneham
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Plunge, slides and a pool
HEIGHT: 10-foot plunge
WATER SOURCE: Rattlesnake Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: To Rattlesnake Flume, 0.7 mile; to Rattlesnake Pool, 1.1 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 35 minutes to Rattlesnake Pool
ALTITUDE GAIN: +150 feet to Rattlesnake Pool
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Excellent
DELORME ATLAS: Page 10, C-1 (unmarked)
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:

THE FALLS:

We have a confession to make; the high rating we gave this waterfall is not solely attributable to the cascading waters of Rattlesnake Brook, but rather skewed by the dazzlingly attractive swimming hole created inside a giant pothole, commonly known as Rattlesnake Pool.
         This pool attracts visitors from all over, not just local residents. This is surprising, because the pool is quite small, barely large enough for one family of swimmers. The pool also offers frigid waters year-round, due to the overhanging hemlock trees above the pool and the already chilly mountain water. The drawing feature of the pool is the exceptionally clean, teal-green colored water and the moss-surrounded slide that feeds the pool. Visualize a lagoon-like pool with a romantic spirit and you will picture something similar to Rattlesnake Pool. Maine is truly blessed to have such a treasure.
         For waterfalls, Rattlesnake Brook offers two small attractions. The first is at Rattlesnake Flume. The flume consists of a 10-foot plunge dumping down into narrow gorge walls. The falls above the pool are small cascades only 3 or 4 feet in height. Please take note that both the Flume and the Pool are both located on private property. In order to keep public access to these special places, we must all do our part not abuse the private trail system. For starters, visitors must stay on the ?CTA trails? at all times. The owners have allowed Rattlesnake Flume and Pool to remain available to the public for many years, and we hope it will always remain that way.Please be respectful and skip hiking any trails that are marked ?No Trespassing.?


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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