23 Sep Maine Waterfall Hikes: Houston Brook Falls in Bingham
Just minutes off Old Canada Road Scenic Byway/Route 201, Bingham’s Houston Brook Falls is the perfect spot to cool down. Easy to get to, a short hike, beautiful 32′ waterfall, WITH a swimming hole…does it get much better in hiking world?! This spot is great for all ages and ability levels, but do be aware of lots of exposed roots on the hike in, and slippery rocks at the falls. At low water, it’s pretty easy to navigate– but at high water, it can be a dangerous task to walk around and swim. Watch your footing, and be safe!
Easy, but be wary of roots and slippery rocks.
Total drive one way from Northern Outdoors Adventure Resort to Houston Brook Falls is 21.7 miles, approximately 30 minutes. If starting at Northern Outdoors in The Forks, head south on Rt 201 for 18 miles. Turn right onto Rt 16/Bridge St and cross over the Kennebec River (far below where we whitewater raft). After the bridge, take a right onto Ridge Road to follow the Kennebec River north for 3.5 miles. There are a few spots to pull over for pictures – along with a nice rest area on the right, a pretty spot for a post-hike picnic! Houston Brook Falls parking is on the right, with a small sign marking the trailhead.
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Parking area on the right in front of the transfer station gate. Park to the left of the fencing; do not block the gate.
After pulling in, look to your left to find the trailhead, marked with a “Houston Brook Falls” sign.
The trail is pretty straight forward – well maintained and just a 10 minute trek in from the trailhead. There’s a very small hand-over-foot drop down into the stream-bed, but otherwise is a nice and easy trail!
After splashing around at the falls, head back to the Kennebec River Pub & Brewery to refuel!
**PLEASE NOTE: this trail is on PRIVATE property that is currently open to the public. As with any trail, please be respectful of the land and landowners so we don’t lose this privilege. Carry in, carry out!**
Birds eye-view of the Houston Brook Falls inlet on Wyman Lake, lined with fall foliage