The Cataracts
Andover West Surplus, ME

RATING: 3.5/5.0

The Cataracts
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Oxford County
TOWN: Andover West Surplus
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Lower falls are horsetails and cascades; upper falls is a fan
HEIGHT: Lower falls is 75 feet; upper falls is 25 feet
WATER SOURCE: Frye Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.5 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 20 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +150 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Good
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:

On our summer visits, The Cataracts consisted of many plunges dropping a total of 100 feet. The falls in the early spring are a behemoth of raging cascades as the snow melt increases the water volume considerably during this wet season. On a positive note, with the cascades nearly disappeared in the summer months you can explore the small caves near the waterfall and between the precipitous gorge walls.
         During the summer, The Cataracts are also a scrambler's delight, with opportunities for hours of exploration. The many swimming holes are refreshingly pleasing. We have seen pictures of people enjoying a natural waterslide in low water conditions. Perhaps your multiple visits will reveal several of the many different personalities this waterfall has to offer throughout the seasons.
         Anticipate big changes to the trail network to and around the falls as the state of Maine appears to be updating the park into a recreation area. There are currently picnic tables and there is evidence that additional facilities will be constructed. There is a dirt road that is under construction which may ultimately allow for closer access to the upper falls in the near future.


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:

Photo generously provided by Keith Paul




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