Coos Canyon Falls, Maine

The owner of the Wilson Lake Inn informed me about Coos Canyon Falls. It was also in the book about New England waterfalls, but I don’t think I would have stopped if he hadn’t pointed out that the falls were found right along the road.

The falls aren’t that big or tall, and the falls themselves aren’t that impressive. There were numerous people swimming above and in the falls, so they are the right size for having fun. What I was more impressed by (and this is true for other waterfalls in the area) were the rock formations in the area. I found it so interesting to see the rocks. In the picture here, you can see the slabs of granite lining the right side of the falls hanging at an almost 90 degree angle. Near the falls, there were numerous potholes formed by the rushing water. They were really cool to see. If you’re driving along Maine route 17, you should definitely stop and see these falls just because they’re so easy to see!


  1. These falls are located north of Rumford in Maine along ME-17. They are pretty hard to miss, but there will be a sign indicating a picnic area on the right side of the road if you’re heading north. On the left side of the road is a gold panning place.

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 15′
Length of Hike: roadside

Coos Canyon Falls in September 2010

Where in the World is Coos Canyon Falls?


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