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.
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 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.
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.
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.