Shin Falls
Township 6, Range 7, ME

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Shin Falls
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Penobscot County
TOWN: Township 6, Range 7
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Plunges and horsetails
HEIGHT: Main falls are 30 feet; total drop is 44 feet
WATER SOURCE: Shin Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 mile to upper or lower falls; 0.7 mile loop to visit both
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate to upper falls and top of lower falls; moderate side of difficult to lower falls.
HIKING TIME: 10 minutes to upper or lower falls; 15 minutes for entire loop
ALTITUDE GAIN: -60 feet to upper falls; -100 feet to lower falls
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 51, A-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: Shin Brook Falls

THE FALLS:

Shin Falls is an unforgettable waterfall and one of the finest in Maine. Despite its remoteness, the falls do see a fair share of visitors. Three drops can be found here, but the final spectacular drop of 30 feet is, without a doubt, the highlight. This horsetail spreads diagonally as it bobbles over row after row of rock shelves. Above the main drop is a pair of seven or eight foot plunges, which we should add, cannot be seen from the base of the main falls. The fishing is excellent below the falls, and swimming is good too. One warning, though: the trail to the base of the main falls is sheer at times and not recommended for children. The good news is that part of the trail network here includes a relatively easy spur to the upper falls, where you can also stare down the main falls. You will want to get right into the brook if you are here for a photo-shoot. The stream is wide and fully exposed to the sun, so the morning or afternoon hours are going to boost your chances for a winning photograph. We also suggest complimenting this waterfall with nearby Sawtelle Falls, a smaller but more secluded falls.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Trail information for this particular waterfall is not posted online. 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:

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 (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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