Cascade Stream Gorge*

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Location

Sandy River Plantation

Directions

From downtown Rangeley, drive south on Rt. 4 approximately 4 miles to Sandy River Plantation.  At the intersection of South Shore Drive and Town Hall Road, take a left.  Drive 100 yards, bear left, and then immediately on your right will be the entrance sign for the trail head.  Drive up the steep gravel drive to the parking area.

Tips

This hike provides excellent opportunities for photographing wildlife, scenic waterfalls, and local flora. Sturdy non-slip footwear is strongly encouraged as well as keeping a close eye on children close to the steep banks and strong currents. Caution: Rocks are very slippery when wet.

Description

In 1978 Cascade Stream Gorge was listd in the Maine State Planning Office’s Register of Critical Areas because of its natural, scenic and geological features including a stunning gorge that drops 90 feet into the stream.  With 50 acres of steep forested land  and over a 1/2 mile of frontage on Cascade Stream, this is a popular hike for summer visitors seeking a refreshing spray of cool air, or lunch at one of the two picnic sites.  Cascade Stream flows out of City Pond, which is just to the east of the property and was once the public drinking water supply for the Town of Rangeley.

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