15 Oct 09 New England Vacation Moxie Falls Hike
As far as Maine vacation stops go, this is an easy one to miss – but you’ll be glad you found it once you see Moxie Falls – reputably one of the highest waterfalls in New England!
Driving north on route 201, take a right onto Lake Moxie Road just before the bridge over the Kennebec River as you enter The West Forks. This is the same route that whitewater rafters take on their way to the put-in for Kennebec River rafting at Harris Station. About three miles up the hill, on the left, you’ll see a parking area, with a sign for Moxie Falls Trailhead. Pull in, hop out and stretch, grab your camera and strike off along the trail.
The 0.6 mile trail starts of flat and dry, and eventually winds down through some muddy areas. Luckily, happy Maine trail builders have placed stepping logs across the wettest sections of trail to keep your feet dry in wet conditions and to make for fun hopping in drier weather! (Kids love this section of trail!)
Farther along, you reach a four-way intersection with a sign telling about the conservation of the area, continue straight through passed the sign, crunching leaves if you’re lucky enough to be there in the midst of fall color, and you’ll begin to descend toward the falls. Soon, the happy trail builders provide wooden steps and walkways and the trail winds along the top of a river gorge as you hear the falls before you see them. Once you reach the head of the falls you will see a boardwalk off to the left that leads to two viewing platforms – perfect spots for the family photo in any season spring, summer, fall or winter.