Moxie Falls

The Forks / Bingham, Maine, USA

About Moxie Falls


Hiking Distance: 1.2 miles round trip
Suggested Time: 1 hour

Date first visited: 2013-10-04
Date last visited: 2013-10-04

Waterfall Latitude: 45.36397
Waterfall Longitude: -69.9377

Moxie Falls was the last waterfall within the New England states that we visited before we crossed over the border into Quebec, Canada during our 2013 trip to the northeast.

It was a very appealing waterfall because it had a force about it that left no doubt about its year-round flow, and its drop was singular and uninterrupted.

Moxie_Falls_037_10042013 - Moxie Falls
Moxie Falls

In fact, it was said to be one of the tallest of such waterfalls in the state of Maine at 90ft in height.

Add to this satisfying waterfall the Autumn colors in the surrounding foliage (see photo above) and we had ourselves a very pleasing and relaxing visit that the family will remember for quite some time.

We liked this waterfall so much that we included it on our Top 10 Best New England Waterfalls List so I guess you could say that we saved the best for last.

Anyways, while we noticed that Moxie Falls was quite popular, it was surprising considering that it seemed to be in a remote and sparsely developed part of Midwestern Maine.

Moxie_Falls_012_10042013 - Looking up at some kind of interesting mammal seen while hiking to Moxie Falls.  Was it a fox? a cat? a ferret? As you can tell, we weren't quite sure what it was, especially since I don't think we've seen it before
Looking up at some kind of interesting mammal seen while hiking to Moxie Falls. Was it a fox? a cat? a ferret? As you can tell, we weren’t quite sure what it was, especially since I don’t think we’ve seen it before

In other words, it seemed like it was quite out-of-the-way from the rest of civilization.

Nonetheless, I’d imagine it would probably be the main highlight of the Old Canada Road though the road also featured plenty of lakes and vistas as well quite a bit of colonial history.

The Hike to Moxie Falls – Forest and Wildlife

We began the Moxie Falls hike from a well established and signposted parking area (see directions below).

Then, we hiked generally downhill along a pretty wide trail in a quiet forest full of fallen Autumn leaves.

Moxie_Falls_006_10042013 - On the Moxie Falls Trail flanked by beautiful Autumn colors, including the many leaves that have already fallen to the ground
On the Moxie Falls Trail flanked by beautiful Autumn colors, including the many leaves that have already fallen to the ground

The width of the trail made me wonder if we were hiking on what used to be an unpaved road.

During this stretch of the trail, we got the sense that there was a high potential of wildlife sightings, which hinted to us the fairly wild and undeveloped nature of this remote corner of the United States.

For example, we noticed some kind of ferret or something that we hadn’t seen before climbing up a tree, and we also saw a snake deliberately trying to conceal itself from us.

Although we didn’t see any moose, there were enough signs warning us of their presence.

Moxie_Falls_089_10042013 - A snake sighting along the Moxie Falls hike, which proved to us that this place was wild enough for chance encounters with wildlife you don't often see every day
A snake sighting along the Moxie Falls hike, which proved to us that this place was wild enough for chance encounters with wildlife you don’t often see every day

Maybe the wildlife were allowed to thrive because of how inconvenient a visit here would be if say we weren’t headed across the border to Quebec, Canada on the Old Canada Road.

After all, it might be a bit too out-of-the-way to go for an out-and-back visit without doing any border crossings.

Nevertheless, after passing by a sign saying we were entering the Moxie Falls Scenic Area, the trail eventually narrowed into a boardwalk with steps to continue the elevation loss.

The Hike to Moxie Falls – The Waterfall Itself

Towards the bottom of the steps, we started to hear the rushing waters of the Moxie Stream.

Shortly thereafter, we saw an attractive series of cascades.

Moxie_Falls_024_10042013 - Looking upstream at attractive cascades not far upstream from Moxie Falls
Looking upstream at attractive cascades not far upstream from Moxie Falls

As the trail continued its descent further downstream on the boardwalk, we’d eventually make it to the top of Moxie Falls.

The views from up here weren’t that great for the waterfall itself (they rarely are from their top), but we could sense the power of the water.

We also felt the fragility of life as the butterflies in our stomachs kept us on our toes to not get any closer to the dropoffs.

The boardwalk swung around the gorge carved out by the Moxie Stream, and then the trail led us to a pair of wooden viewing decks with a frontal view of the impressive Moxie Falls.

Moxie_Falls_027_10042013 - Looking over the brink of Moxie Falls
Looking over the brink of Moxie Falls

I didn’t bring a tripod to take long exposure photos here, but I was able to use the wooden railings to try to take those satisfying waterfall shots.

That said, the sun was starting to break through the clouds, and since the sun was somewhat against us at the very height of the day, the photographs weren’t as good as when the clouds would conceal the sun.

We weren’t able to find a safe way down to the bottom of the gorge for a more unique perspective of Moxie Falls, but apparently the trail kept going further downstream past the pair of overlooks we noticed.

Had we continued going further downstream, it would lead to some swimming holes another 100ft further downstream.

Moxie_Falls_057_10042013 - A satisfying look at Moxie Falls from one of the two lookout decks right in front of its face
A satisfying look at Moxie Falls from one of the two lookout decks right in front of its face

I would imagine that would be an attractive option to enjoy this place even more though I’m sure caution must be exercised given how easy it could be to get swept away.

In total, we walked roughly 1.2 miles round trip, and it took us around 90 minutes, which was spent leisurely hiking, photographing, and having a quick snack.

The slow pace was also due to me having to carry our daughter in the carrier for most of this hike.

That said, the time was passed well as Tahia seemed to enjoy the experience and all the stimuli that must’ve been new to her since California doesn’t typically experience this kind of Nature.

Authorities

Moxie Falls resides near The Forks in Somerset County, Maine. To my knowledge, it is likely administered by the local government of Somerset County. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website.

Moxie_Falls_007_10042013 - Beautifully tall and colorful trees surrounded us on the initial wide portion of the hike to Moxie falls
Moxie_Falls_014_10042013 - Julie continuing to hike along scenic forestlands with lots of Autumn colors and fallen leaves on the Moxie Falls Trail
Moxie_Falls_015_10042013 - Julie approaching the sign indicating that we were now officially in the Moxie Falls scenic area
Moxie_Falls_017_10042013 - More of the Moxie Falls Trail was surrounded by golden trees though the trail did seem to narrow a bit
Moxie_Falls_019_10042013 - Julie descending wooden steps to get closer to the Moxie Stream
Moxie_Falls_025_10042013 - As we made it to the bottom of the boardwalk steps, we were greeted by this attractive series of cascades just upstream of Moxie Falls
Moxie_Falls_031_10042013 - Context of the pair of overlooks affording us frontal views of Moxie Falls
Moxie_Falls_033_10042013 - Our first look at the beautiful Moxie Falls accentuated by the presence of red and golden leaves of the Fall colors
Moxie_Falls_042_10042013 - Zoomed in on the pleasing 90ft drop of Moxie Falls
Moxie_Falls_045_10042013 - Another satisfying look at the impressive Moxie Falls and the surrounding Autumn foliage
Moxie_Falls_051_10042013 - Checking out Moxie Falls from the other lookout deck, which provided a more direct viewing angle
Moxie_Falls_053_10042013 - Looking back towards the context of the viewing deck affording clean looks at the front of Moxie Falls
Moxie_Falls_078_10042013 - Last direct look of Moxie Falls at the slightly different angle when we switched to the other left lookout platform
Moxie_Falls_083_10042013 - Julie walking back up the boardwalk towards the steps as we were headed back to the Moxie Falls Trailhead
Moxie_Falls_100_10042013 - Julie leading us back to the Moxie Falls trailhead to end the hike

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Since we visited Moxie Falls as part of the long drive between Portland, Maine and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, we’ll describe the most straightforward way to do this.

First, we needed to head north on the I-95 for about 74 miles to the US 201 exit just north of Waterville, Maine.

Moxie_Falls_104_10042013 - Looking back across the Kennebec River and bridge as seen along the Moxie Road just after leaving the Old Canada Road en route to Moxie Falls Scenic Area
Looking back across the Kennebec River and bridge as seen along the Moxie Road just after leaving the Old Canada Road en route to Moxie Falls Scenic Area

Heading north on US 201, continue for roughly 63 miles towards the small hamlet called The Forks.

The Forks was roughly 23 miles north of the town of Bingham.

Just before the Kennebec River Bridge, turn right onto the turnoff for Moxie Rd (note that the New England Waterfalls book incorrectly labeled this road as Old Canada Road).

Then, follow this road to roughly 2 miles until you see the well-signposted Moxie Falls Scenic Area on the left.

Moxie_Falls_003_10042013 - Context of the parking lot for the Moxie Falls Scenic Area with the Moxie Road on the right
Context of the parking lot for the Moxie Falls Scenic Area with the Moxie Road on the right

Going in the other direction, the Moxie Falls Rd turnoff would be on the left about 26 miles south of Jackman on the Old Canada Road (US 201).

Finally to give you a sense of context of the distances involved, the drive between Portland, Maine and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada was 275 miles or between 5-6 hours drive with the border crossing.

Right to left sweep of the top and profile of the falls


Right to left semi-circular sweep of the falls and the area around it

Tagged with: the forks, bingham, maine, somerset county, waterfall, new england, old canada road, moxie stream



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