Orris Falls Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Orris Falls Conservation Area Trail is a 8.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near South Berwick, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.1 miles 1174 feet Out & Back

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This 171-acre preserve is a rich area of vernal pools and wetlands, ledges and glacial erratic. An old colonial road that existed long ago is now a trail with side excursions to the 90-ft. gorge of Orris Falls, the Big Bump, Balancing Rock, and overlooks with views of Mt. Agamenticus. Stone foundations on the site were the home and barn of Orris and Mercy Littlefield, who lived there in the late 1800s. Visitors have a choice of trails ranging from a 1.5 mile round trip to Orris Falls to the 3-mile round trip to Balancing Rock. The gentle climb to Orris Falls and back can be completed in a leisurely hour. In winter, the beaver marsh often freezes over for skating or snowshoeing.

2 months ago

I love it here!!! It's so peaceful and a pretty simple hike.

3 months ago

4 months ago

Trails could be better marked but overall a good walk.

5 months ago

So much goodness hidden in this park. I will return!!!

5 months ago

A good family hike with some interesting things to see.

trail running
5 months ago

We checked this trail out Aug 28. Its a really nice trail that is maintained well. We never saw the falls and did the whole loop. But we haven't had any rain either. There are all sorts of different side trails to go one. In really good condition to trail run.

7 months ago

I thought this was a lovely trail through some pretty marshes, some interesting glacial erratics and a deep ravine with a little brook running through it. There was even a bit of history with the foundation of the Orris homestead. I was thrown off by the trail mileage on this app as stating that it was 8.1 miles round trip (as it turns out it's much less to get to the falls and balancing rock and back). Speaking of, the balancing rock was a really cool feature! It totally made the walk worth it! We never did make it to the falls though(we were really questioning how far it was)--perhaps next time. Another plus was that we only saw a few other hikers there. You really have to keep an eye out for the tiny "parking lot" and sign and there's only room for a few cars, but it's likely that won't be an issue--this seems to be a little-known gem.

8 months ago

10 months ago