Piazza Rock Trail is a moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy River Plantation, ME that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This was a fun hike, first section is steep and rocky, but it gets better. Once you pass the service road there is a muddy section with planks over it, you need a little balance here otherwise you'll have muddy feet! No one got muddy feet in our group but there were footprints in the mud for someone less fortunate. Once you reach Piazza rock it gets steep for another 30-50 yards! Ok for kids!
Did this hike midday, late July. A few black flies. Started from Route 4 parking area. The initial uphill climb is brutal. Trail is very rocky, and there are many roots exposed to make walking difficult. A companion fell and injured his ankle and wrist. I would rate this trail as HARD not Moderate.
I hope this helps anyone needing Coordinates.
For you GPS users, the following are coordinates in decimal degrees to the various locations...
1) Appalachian Trail Parking spot: N 44.88686 x W -070.54057.
2) Dirt road that crosses trail: N 44.89234 x W -070.53520.
3) Caretaker's shed: N 44.90400 x W -070.53119.
4) Piazza Rock: N 44.90488 x W -070.53123.
5) Lean-to Hut: N 44.90413 x W -070.53002.
6) "Your Move" 2 Hole Outhouse: N 44.90425 x W -070.52982.
I listed where the road crosses in case you're not an avid hiker and you want to skip the majority of the climbing. You can park nearby to the crossing and the rest of the hike is fairly flat with very few log walkways over wet ground. If you do this though you'll miss a great brook near route 4 with a little bridge. Very scenic spot but if you just want to see the rock, you'll cut out the steep part and a long section of log walkways (mosquito heaven)!
The road "short-cut" only cuts out a short/steep part of the hike from Route 4. You'll still have the majority of the hike to do, but on flatter ground. I tracked the trip from the Route 4 Appalachian Trail parking area and back. Total was 4.2 miles. Enjoy!
Great hike! Gloriously sunny but cold! The path was easy to follow (white blazes for the AT and someone had recently snowshoed the trail). The snow was hard-packed and not deep (no post-holing). The only real elevation gain was near the start of the trail just after the bridge crossing the stream. After that, it was a very mellow ascent to the rock. Overall, it took about two hours to get to Piazza Rock. Really impressive! We had a quick lunch at a lean-to about 150 feet farther up the trail before heading back. The only slight drawback is there's no real parking in winter. We ended up leaving the car about 1500 feet before the trailhead on the side of road before a guard rail.