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

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

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.

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

hiking
4 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.

5 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
6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty walk, falls difficult to find. Pleasant trail.

7 months ago

Moderate difficulty, poorly marked. Will be back!

7 months ago

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

trail running
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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

10 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.

11 months ago

Great history

hiking
Friday, December 02, 2016

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Trails could be better marked but overall a good walk.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

A good family hike with some interesting things to see.

trail running
Thursday, September 01, 2016

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.

Monday, July 04, 2016

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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