This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast



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 Beisel Rating:

2.07 (Class 3)


800 feet

 Tallest Drop:

280 feet

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unnamed tributary of Katahdin Stream






USGS Mount Katahdin 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


50 D5






T3 R10 WELS , Piscataquis County, ME , USA


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I'd heard rumors long ago that the REAL falls on Katahdin Stream was well above Katahdin Stream Falls. There is a falls marked in the upper reaches of the Katahdin Stream drainage, opposite Witherle Ravine on the western flank of Mount Katahdin. To date, I've only seen one photo, and it's impressive. By comparing the photo to the topo maps, I've worked out about 800' of vertical (it might go on falling all the way up to the point where it is a trickle) with a horsetail leap of nearly 300'.


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You'll need to get to Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin first. Reservations are pretty much needed in advance. The process changed for 2005. Here is a link that can explain it way better than I can: NEW RESERVATION POLICIES. If you've gotten past the first hurdle, drive north from Millinocket to the Park, take the Appalachian Trail up the west side of the mountain. When you pass the 4500' contour, about halfway between The Gate and Thoreau Spring, look across Witherle Ravine to the north. You should see the falls skipping down the opposite wall.