Cascade Stream Gorge is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rangeley, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.9 miElevation gain177 ftRoute typeLoop
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In 1978 Cascade Stream Gorge was listd in the Maine State Planning Office’s Register of Critical Areas because of its natrual, scenic and geological features incuding a stunning gorge that drops 90 feet into the stream. With 50 acres of steep forested land and over a 1/2 mile of frontage on Cascade Stream, this is a popular hike for summer visitors seeking a refreshing spracy of cool air, or lunch at one of the two picnic sites. Cascade Stream flows out of City Pond, which is just to the east of the property and was once the public drinking water supply for the Town of Rangeley.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust 52 Carry Road, Oquossoc ME 04964 (207) 864-7311 www.rlht.org

This hike provides excellent opportunities for photographing wildlife, scenic waterfalls, and local flora. Sturdy non-slip footwear is strongly encouraged as well as keeping a close eye on children close to the steep banks and strong currents. Caution: Rocks are very slippery when wet.

From downtown Rangeley, drive south on Rt. 4 approximately 4 miles to Sandy River Plantation. At the intersection of South Shore Drive and Town Hall Road, take a left. Drive 100 yards, bare left, and then immediatly on your right will be the entrance sign for the trail head. Drive up the steep gravel drive to the parking area.

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Argyle B
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Dynamic interesting trail along the gorge. It had just rained so the water was flowing and so impressive.

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Jack Sherman
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Great hike along the stream.

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Alissa Condra
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Lewis Hassell
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Scrambly ramble along the stream with hardly a flat set of two steps together, with the calming chatter of small cascades into rock-walled pools, make this short hike both challenging and restful. Kids love the waterfalls and the rocks. Adults relish the peace and calm. Afternoon brings rays of sunshine into the gorge. A miniature Gulf Hagus.

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Jeffry Powell
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Nice hike--likely prettier when the stream has more water

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erek gaines
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Chelsea Sullivan
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Fun little trail. Rocky and root-y at times. I went off trail a bit, the water was so low, I basically went up the rocks/falls towards the end. There are blue blazes at the end, which I followed for a while, decided to turn back as AllTrails told me I was off trail. After turning around I saw a sign informing me had I continued I would have gone to Saddleback Ski area! Overall great hike, kiddos would love it, lots to explore!

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Celeste Echlin
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Chelsea Siefert
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Vicki Dinkel
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HikingGreat!

This was a great hike with beautiful views. We went early and it wasn't very crowded.

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Dan Maser
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I followed the signs for the waterfall and ended up somewhere else than the recording went, but still found some beautiful falls in the gorge! Well worth the short hike! I parked at the bottom and hiked up the short driveway because the clearance was a little rough for my sedan.

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kenneth matteau
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Chris L
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HikingGreat!

Very nice trail and not a long ways to go. Don’t stop at the first waterfall you see there’s even nicer ones further up.Great for kids. If you are bringing your kids, do not forget to bring an extra set of clothes. My child loved playing in the stream hence the recording that goes in and out of the stream consistently.

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Natalie Tobey
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We only hiked as far as seeing the waterfall but it was beautiful. Completely worth it! There was spots for swimming as well.

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Jill T
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Nice short trail. We had a picnic on the rocks at the start of the trail and then hiked up to the waterfalls. Very pretty!

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michael noel
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Trail starts off steep but levels off with slight incline to the rock. Totally worth it as the rock is massive. I think it looks like a giant snake head from below . I little tricky getting on and off of it. A must do if in the area. A lean to nearby if you want to check it out. Mike

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Heidi Roche
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Easy, accessible, quick hike. Rocks can be slippery when wet. Trail has lots of roots over it, not smooth. Cascade is beautiful

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Teresa Doskey
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Good trail. Moderate amount of traffic on 4th of July weekend. Some good ups and downs, not a flat hike. Missed the turn off to the falls and kept going up a bit. Circled back around and saw the sign. Great views, some access to swimming holes.

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Dan Engleman
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Great trail! requires good hiking shoes in a few areas

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Jody Michaud
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Perfect little trail. My 8 year old completed it easily, lots of little pools in the gorge for play in and explore. The trail itself is very root-y. Perfect spots to swim on a nice day!

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Gloria Yanni
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Rocky

Great little gem. Waterfalls are amazing. Hike starts off going up but it's only a mile if that. Parking can be had at the Sandy Plantation Town Hall and walk to the right of the town hall and pick up the trail there. The steep drive to the parking lot is in rough shape.

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Patrick Kolarik
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Great hiking. Beautiful waterfalls. A lot of snow and ice still. Well worth the trip.

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Danielle Shea
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C South
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Beautiful walk along stream during Christmas week. Lots of ice with a gentle roar of water. Dramatic cliffs. Stayed on the trail til it joined Fly Rod Crosby trail... which is also very nice and apparently leads to Saddleback. A number of trees across the trail. Tricky for older people and dogs.

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ReNae Gagnon
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Enjoyed this walk along the falls. Hooked onto Crosby fly fishing trail for a bit.

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Sally Harrison
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Lovely little ramble down cool paths with pleasing twists and turns and fun waterway views. Very limited parking.

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Stacy Davis
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awesome hike. brought our 8 and 5 year old and it was manageable, tough in a few spots. so pretty and would be awesome in the summer for some swimming

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