Down East 2013 ©
Photograph by Moe Chen
To see most of Maine’s waterfalls and scenic gorges, you have to pull on hiking boots and put in some miles. Getting to this twenty-three-foot cascade, however, pictured here from the cavelike base, couldn’t be any easier (minus the chilly few hundred feet you have to walk in the stream to get to this particular spot). Set in a chasm of twisted granite, the waterfall is located alongside a highway in the western mountains. In fact, it is one of several roadside natural attractions along this scenic byway. A trio of gorgeous gorges were carved by glaciation here, each readily accessible, and each more spectacular than the next. Venture into the woods beyond, and you can scale one of the Pine Tree State’s highest peaks, take in an unusual rock plateau, or test yourself on the toughest mile of the Appalachian Trail. Drive north and you reach a section of “flats” that are renowned for moose watching. Most of these attractions are part of one of Maine’s finest state parks, but some fall in public reserve lands. As the colors of autumn descend, it makes for a fantastic day trip. Have you ever seen this granite gorge? Send us a note at P.O. Box 679, Camden, ME 04843; whip off an email to email@example.com  or post a comment at www.DownEast.com  if you can identify this cavernous waterfall.