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Camp & Hike in the Maine Woods Explore: Waterfalls & Gorges  EARLY LANDING FALLS: on Big Wilson Stream, Willimantic Modest waterfall with a scenic view; easy access. GULF HAGAS: Katahdin Iron Works Forest near Brownville Junction Four named waterfalls (Screw Auger, Buttermilk, Billings, and Stair) and numerous cascades and swimming holes on a 8-mile loop trail. Rural Piscataquis County is home to countless waterfalls and mountaintops just waiting to be explored. Grab your camping gear and hiking boots and discover the area around the famed 100-Mile Wilderness. DAY 1 Pack up your camping gear and head to Peaks-Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft. It’s a good idea to make a reservation ahead of time online at Settle in to one of the 56 wooded camping spots and relax by a campfire. DAY 2 Lace up your hiking boots—you’re headed to Borestone Mountain! Go west on Route 15 to Elliotsville Road. There is a parking lot across from the gated access road that leads you to the Visitors Center. The Summit Trail (0.8 miles) takes you through a spruce forest to a fairly steep ascent to the West Peak. You may need to use your hands to scramble up the trail. Continue along the trail to the East Peak summit where there is a sign identifying the various mountain peaks visible from the 360 degree view. It’s a great place to stop and enjoy a trail snack. Head back to Peaks-Kenny and change into your swimsuit. Sebec Lake is serene and peaceful, and the Peaks-Kenny beach is the place to be on a hot afternoon. DAY 3 Pack a picnic lunch and get ready to explore Little Wilson Falls along the Appalachian Trail. The entrance to these wonderful waterfalls is back near the entrance to Borestone Mountain. There is an unmarked dirt road on the left before you cross the bridge at Big Wilson Stream. Park here and walk in, or, if you have a vehicle that can handle the bumpy road, drive to the trailhead parking lot. You’ll emerge at a sweet swimming hole at the bottom of the small falls. The in-and-out trail starts to the left and is considered a moderate hike. Wilson Stream and the falls will follow you on the right, and there are several spots where you can hop off the trail and get your feet wet. As this is a part of the Appalachian Trail, don’t be surprised to come across some AT thru-hikers. You’ll hear Wilson Falls before you see it!  HAY BROOK FALLS: KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest Little-known horsetail waterfall with a 25-foot plunge and a view.  HIGH BRIDGE: Katahdin Iron Works Forest about 33 miles from Millinocket Little waterfall with a wonderful swimming hole; easy access.  LITTLE WILSON FALLS - UPPER AND LOWER: Elliotsville Township A 25-foot tall waterfall and swimming spot; popular stop with Appalachian Trail hikers. A  BOL FALLS: West Branch of the Penobscot River near Baxter State Park Serene woodland surroundings and a beautiful view of Katahdin. K  ATAHDIN FALLS: inside Baxter State Park near Katahdin Stream Campground Maine’s tallest waterfall, gorgeous and rustic. L  EDGE FALLS: inside Baxter State Park Natural water slides and rapids popular for swimming S  AWTELLE FALLS: Township 6, Range 7 (Shin Pond Village), west of Patten A 12-foot, 2-tiered waterfall and swimming spot; easy access.   SHIN POND FALLS: Township 6, Range 7 (Shin Pond Village) An impressive 30-foot drop with excellent fishing at its base. For a more detailed list of waterfalls and gulfs in The Maine Highlands, visit FOR THE LESS ADVENTUROUS Hike and paddle at Peaks-Kenny state park. There are several trails in the park that can be accessed easily. You could also spend the day discovering Monson—an up and coming artist village with a quaint General Store and options for lunch. THE MAINE HIGHLANDS.COM | 13