Snow Falls

Paris / Norway, Maine, USA

About Snow Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2013-10-03
Date last visited: 2013-10-03

Waterfall Latitude: 44.30343
Waterfall Longitude: -70.53878

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Snow Falls was actually an unexpected waterfall we stumbled upon on a day when we had to improvise our itinerary after the US Government Shutdown nixed our plans to go to Acadia National Park in Maine. So as an alternative, we headed to Portland, Maine, and on the way south from Dunn Falls, that was when we accidentally encountered this roadside waterfall. I guess you could say that if it wasn’t for the government shutdown, we would’ve bypassed this waterfall (as well as the charming city of Portland, ME) altogether.

From the well-signposted and well-established car park and picnic area for the rest stop (see directions below), I was able to descend towards a bridge spanning the Little Androscoggin River where I got the view you see at the top of this page. The falls was a sloping cascade with about a 25ft drop. Tall fencing was erected to keep people from getting into the gorge below (especially youngsters and/or daredevils) so it was pretty family friendly though this also limited the places to take photos without the fence in it.

Looking downstream on the other side of the bridge, there was a serene lake fringed by some foliage with Autumn colors. The view downstream was pretty photogenic though it was against the sun during our early afternoon visit. Speaking of Autumn, given the relative force that this waterfall flowed with, I’d imagine that this waterfall would easily last the whole year.

After crossing the bridge to the other side of the gorge, I noticed there was another waterfall that appeared to drain some kind of man-made diversion channel. While the waterfall looked attractive, I doubted that I was legitimate due to the water diversion. There was also some kind of infrastructure above it (i.e. an old wall with windows) so I’d imagine there must’ve been some kind of history here.

The trail continued to go further upstream past the top of Snow Falls towards some calmer parts of the river. However, I only went as far as the top of the falls so I wouldn’t know where the trail went nor what the trail had to offer.

Snow_Falls_002_10032013 - The car park and picnic area for the Snow Falls Rest Stop
Snow_Falls_008_10032013 - Our first look at Snow Falls
Snow_Falls_010_10032013 - Looking towards the bridge spanning the small gorge containing Snow Falls below
Snow_Falls_011_10032013 - Looking down the bridge at the lake which looked like it had a bit of a deep sapphire blue hue
Snow_Falls_015_10032013 - I suspected that this attractive waterfall was not legitimate because it was sourced by what appeared to be a diversion channel, and the infrastructure above it made it seem like there used to be some kind of use for the water that went this way
Snow_Falls_032_10032013 - Brighter look at Snow Falls
Snow_Falls_034_10032013 - The picnic tables and fences here were what made this place seem like it was very family friendly


As mentioned above, we found this waterfall while doing the long drive from Andover, Maine down to Portland, Maine. The drive was roughly 93 miles taking well over 2.5 hours or so. In any case, the well-signed rest area was about 2.2 miles south of the Route 26 / 216 junction in the town of West Paris. The car park was on the right as we were heading south.

Heading in the other direction, Snow Falls was about 5.8 miles north along the Hwy 26 of the Hwy 119 and Hwy 26 junction in the twin towns of Norway and Paris, ME. Going in this direction, the rest area would be on the left.

To give you some context, the town of Andover, Maine was 85 miles (about 2 hours drive) northwest from Portland, Maine and 72 miles (over 90 minutes drive) northeast from North Conway, New Hampshire.

Top down sweep following the cascade beneath the footbridge

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