Piazza Rock via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews

Piazza Rock via Appalachian Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sandy River Plantation, Maine that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
610 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

waterfall

rocky

2 days ago

Nice moderate to easy... smells like pine trees and Christmas

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2 months ago

What an amazingly well kept trail! Not to hard with lots of places to see the breathtaking flora and trees. I would do it again and again if I could. It was a little muddy in some places like around more "rooted" areas, but these spots were very easy to avoid.

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3 months ago

Perfect, moderate hike that is uphill on the way and downhill all the way back (just the way it should be). Not overly crowded, even on an idyllic mid-June Sunday morning (we passed 4 other parties). Took me 2 hours round trip, though I did hike around, checking out the rock formations and the waterfalls at the top. A very well-maintained section of the AT with rock staircases, modified planks over wet areas, and frequent white blazes. Not even super buggy considering the number of brooks. Pine trees, wild hydrangeas, moss and mushrooms. There are even several intermittent watering holes for the pups. My new favorite spot! You will need to be cautious on the rocks and tree roots, and I would recommend boots rather than sandals. If you're from Maine you'll understand the need for long pants and maybe some insect repellent as well.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016

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!

Friday, July 22, 2016

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.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

walking
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Nice walk

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2016

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!

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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.