There are so many great waterfalls in the Lakes Region of Maine and New Hampshire, it’s hard to choose which ones to explore when the weather gets nice. Unfortunately, directions can be hard to come by, and you can’t count on last minute pit stops in neighboring towns to yield good answers.
With that said, I want to reveal a nice little gem hidden a stone’s throw away from the New Hampshire border. Though they can’t seem to agree on the name of the road, the Stone House Trail leads visitors past sleepy fields of tall grass and wildflowers, past whispering forests and to cool emerald pools. This is the home of Rattlesnake Flume!
Now don’t let other online “basura” tell you this stream is found in Stoneham, ME…because it isn’t. A 35 minute drive still awaits the explorer if asking for directions at this locale. The picture featured above is the “lower” falls. The emerald pool is found a short distance up the foot path (stay LEFT when the trail forks over a bridge, and look for a RIGHT hand turn with an arrow). Here’s a google map of the correct route that I took from Portland, Maine last weekend:
While exploring this beautiful wilderness, make sure not to follow hiking directions to a fault. There are so many flumes, falls, and moss covered rocks, everyone can find something new to discover and photograph. Don’t forget to leave things cleaner than you found them, and enjoy the trek!