Six Nearby Waterfalls You Have To Visit This Summer

In the mountains, we always like kick it up a notch. When it comes to summer, regular old ponds simply do not cut it. Sorry flatlanders, but here is a list for aquatic exploration of the mountain kind. Lace up, grab that bathing suit, or stay home.

Frenchmen’s Hole – Riley Township


Only a few miles from Sunday River, Frenchmen’s Hole is a well-known fall and swimming hole. The 10-foot tall plunge falls into a deep pothole, perfect for cliff jumping. If you’re looking to swim and sunbathe, head back towards Letter S swim hole.

Swift River Falls – Roxbury


Swift River Falls is picture perfect. This natural beauty of rushing water has shaped and molded hundreds of potholes, large and small , to create a magical set of falls. A perfect place for summer exploration, make sure you keep your eyes open for the small natural bridge.

Step Falls – Newry


Just outside the eastern border of Grafton Notch State Park, Step Falls is a long chain of cascading falls that attacks waterfall lovers and swimmers alike. Managed by the Mahoosuc Land Trust, this is one of Maine’s tallest falls, and has a number of shallow pools that can offer the perfect place to wade and swim. The largest pool is almost 40 feet long with large, flat granite slabs perfect for relaxing.

Screw Auger Falls – Grafton Township


This 25-foot plunge waterfall is a sight to be seen. The transparent curtain of whitewater of the Bear River flows down into a curvy gorge, and drops another 30 feet into potholes, pools, and grottoes. As you’re exploring, look out for a rare natural arch. This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Maine, but there’s a ton of sunny ledges for sunbathing for everyone. Just make sure you don’t confuses this with the Screw Auger Falls in Hagas Brook, Maine.

Rattlesnake Pool and Flume – Stowe

Not to be confused with its Vermont cousin, Rattlesnake pool offers frigid cascading water year round. With beautiful teal-green mountain water, the lagoon-like pool this is a swoon-worthy adventure. Just remember, both the flume and pool are located on private property so remember to leave no trace. 

The Cataracts –  Andover West Surplus

No matter what you’re looking for, this Andover staple has a little bit of everything. With several types of waterfalls and a number of swimming holes, the Cataracts offers hours of exploration.