Orris Falls Conservation Area Trail

MODERATE 25 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.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1174 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. 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.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
22 days 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
25 days ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty walk, falls difficult to find. Pleasant trail.

1 month ago

Moderate difficulty, poorly marked. Will be back!

1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
2 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
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

4 months ago

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Nice hike with interesting history. The falls were great and balancing rock was wicked! A little confusing as there were no markings on trees.

5 months ago

Great history

hiking
8 months ago

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

9 months ago

10 months ago

Trails could be better marked but overall a good walk.

geocaching
10 months ago

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