Description: This beautiful, twenty-eight foot cascade deserves to be a destination in its own right. As a warm-up to a day in Gulf Hagas, it is truly exceptional. The main falls makes two sharp turns in its descent to a large, shallow pool. Other small drops and pools can be accessed above the main falls, including several pools that reach a five-foot depth, suitable for swimming.
Special Notes of interest: Good swimming holes, three campsites adjacent to the falls.
Seasonal Notes: Good flows all year.
Scenic Rating: 3/5
Difficulty Rating: 1 or 3/5 depending on approach
Hike Duration: 550 feet from Haybrook campsite’s parking area or 1.4 miles from the Gulf Hagas parking area near the Hermitage.
Handicap Access?: no
GPS Reading: N45.4849 W69.2748
Township: Bowdoin College Grant East Twp
DeLorme Atlas: Map 42 D1 marked in DeLorme
Directions: Suggested Route for low clearance vehicles. Haybrook Falls can also be reached from the Hermitage. A trail near Pugwash Pond runs to the Haybrook campsites and falls. The trail is just under a mile long. Park at the east parking lot adjacent to the Hermitage, from the trailhead to the Hermitage is a 4/10 of a mile hike and requires hikers to cross the West Branch of the Pleasant River which can be difficult to cross safely in high water. Once at the Hermitage watch for the Haybrook Trail and take it another mile to the falls. This route is 2.8 miles roundtrip and should only be made if the river is safe to cross.
From Greenville: HIGH CLEARANCE VEHICLE ONLY! Head north from the blinking light and make the first right turn which is Pleasant Street, at 2.0 miles the road will become dirt, at 3.6 miles cross Wilson Stream, at 12.0 miles stop and register at Hedgehog Gate and pay the gate fee, at 13.9 miles take a right at the intersection, at 21.1 miles take a left. At 23.4 miles cross the bridge at Highbridge Falls, at 23.6 miles take a left, at 24.1 miles take a left, at 25.6 miles park (boulders will be blocking the road) and hike to the falls which are upstream beyond the three campsites. The road from Highbridge to Haybrook is in poor condition, we recommend a high clearance vehicle or SUV.
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Photos: ©Bob Hamer