Posted on August 17, 2021 and last updated on August 17, 2021

Katahdin Stream Falls, Baxter State Park


  • Preserve Size: 209,644 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.25 miles one way
  • Pets: no
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: waterfall and pools

For a relatively easy hike to do in Baxter State Park, this one is great. The waterfall is stunning (40 feet?), the pools are clear and cold, and the trail passes through pretty forest as it meanders next to the stream. The first 1.1 miles starts off flat, wthen gradually climbs to the intersection with the trail for The Owl, a nice mountain to hike as well. Go right at this intersection, and you’ll cross a bridge over the stream, pass an outhouse, hike up a bit of ledge, continuing on the Hunt Trail another tenth of a mile or so until you see a sign for the falls.

We hiked a small herd path above the falls to find a good pool for dipping into (very quickly) to cool off.

Directions: You can park at the day-use parking area of Katahdin Stream Campground. Best to get there early, since it can fill up quickly with Katahdin hikers. Walk through the campground, along the stream, to reach the trailhead kiosk.


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