Orris Falls Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 32 reviews

Orris Falls Conservation Area Trail is a 3.5 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.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
321 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful, but falls were only a trickle (end of September.)

hiking
2 months ago

I would not recommend using the AllTrails app for this trail. If you follow the signs to Orris Falls or Big Bump you'll be fine, but if you actually try to follow the map on the app you'll be off-trail trudging through thick woods. I tried several times to course correct and follow the app, which up until this trail has been excellent, but to no avail. I wanted to do the full 8+ miles the app laid out, but it just wasn't possible. Got frustrated and ending up Mt. Agamenticus instead, which was far better.

2 months ago

Great trail...
Went in the winter so it was very icy and couldn't get through parts but definitely going back this summer!

hiking
2 months ago

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Quiet, great walk with a dog or on horse back. Falls are pretty cool...almost missed it because of poor trail head marking. Tried fishing, no luck.

hiking
4 months ago

It was a nice clear trail, falls could be heard but not seen. That was disappointing.

hiking
5 months ago

Pretty walk, falls difficult to find. Pleasant trail.

5 months ago

Moderate difficulty, poorly marked. Will be back!

5 months ago

Don't blink or you will miss the falls. Don't expect great views. Trail was easy to follow.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Entered from Thurrell and ran through to Emery's Bridge road hitting most of the side trails. Didn't go further than Big Bump as the trail was under water at the power lines. Trails were nicely groomed and were great for running without a lot of roots. Markings were hard to see and the trail was difficult to follow in places, blazes could use repainting.

trail running
6 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Trails could be better marked, could not pick up on one portion of the trail.

6 months ago

7 months ago