In approximately 2.75 miles, bear left to remain on RT 130. At approximately 5.6 miles from Damariscotta, you will see the Bristol Dam swimming area.Between Bigelow and Carrabassett, along RT 16/27, runs the South Branch Carrabassett River and the Carrabassett River Trail for hiking/biking.The summer offers tempting swimming holes, about 8-9 holes in all, some under the waterfalls.This is a spectacular gorge and is a highly recommend hiking trip.I received this note regarding suits:" Bathing suits are customary when families are present, optional at other times.For the die-hard strip-n-dippers, there is a smaller pool above the falls at Emerald that, although not secluded, is traditionally the place to go when families are below.There are apparently some swimming holes in the river along here. There are many other swimming holes along this river between Stratton and New Portland.
for about 7 miles to the well-marked trailhead/parking area.
At Rattlesnake there is a pool upstream of the cascade into the main pool for the die-hard strip-n-dippers when families are below." LAT, LON lat=44.2561, lon=-70.9758 (Source: De Lorme) (Accuracy: Exact) PHOTO Link to Google Map.
To get here: From where RT 113 first crosses into NH, go south about 1 mile then east (left) on Stone House Rd. Park at the gate at the end of the road and hike on the road about .5 mile to a grassy area used as a landing strip.
To get here, take Route 113 in Maine about 1/4 mile beyond the Cold River Campground. Appropriately nicknamed The Grand Canyon of Maine, this magnificent gorge is nearly 4 miles long, displaying vertical slate walls 300' to 400' deep.
As the road turns north, on the right is a small dirt road that leads to the trailheads. The river drops some 400'in this distance, creating numerous waterfalls, chutes, and pools.