This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast



 Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

1.87 (Class 2)


126 feet

 Tallest Drop:

90 feet

 # of Drops:





Mountain Brook






USGS Houghton 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


18 B4





Township D , Franklin County, ME , USA


No Known Alternate Names



Photo by Glen Jackson



A note to any Maine official who may read this: Given the superlative status of Angel Falls, a slight improvement in the access may be in order. I realize town funds might not be able to pave a 4 lane highway, but a few loads of gravel might fill the holes and ditches and allow more people access to this stunner! Angel Falls, along with Moxie Falls are often reputed to be Maine's tallest, which isn't the case. Katahdin Falls, not the trailside Katahdin Stream Falls, in the upper reaches of Katahdin Stream is an 800' series including a nearly 300' horsetail is by far the tallest. Angel Falls is a 36, drop (not visible from below) followed by a 90' horsetail on Mountain Brook in Township D, northwest of Houghton. If you look at the topo maps, you'll notice that the terrain above the falls is very steep, which leads me to suspect that Angel Falls might be the very end of a 400' series of falls. I might have to go and have a look. It's on my radar for the summer of 2005. In the meanwhile, Glen Jackson was kind enough to send a photo of the falls, and as you can see for yourselves, it IS impressive! Thanks again, Glen.


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Okay kids, here's the advice I WISH I had prior to attempting to visit the falls. The road SUCKS. 'Scuse my language, but it most surely does. The road (and I use that term very loosely) is clearly not meant for travel in any vehicle that isn't high clearance. I got in about a mile, then came to a divot left by a removed collapsed corrugated pipe. Still 2.5 miles from the falls, facing a probably impassable obstacle and with a whole days' agenda still ahead, I grudgingly turned back...with a vulgar epithet or two... If you have a suitable vehicle for rough travel, take Route 17 roughly 17 miles north of Rumford to Houghton. Turn left on Houghton Road, crossing a plank bridge, drive a quarter mile, then take a right on the Bemis Track, an old railroad grade. Drive about 3.6 miles and bear left through some small gravel pits. According to information I've read, the trail follows an unmarked dirt road for a short distance before you see two trails. The road is marked by a sign warning against starting fires. You'll want to follow the red blazes. There is a stream crossing that might be tricky in high water.