Katahdin Falls


Katahdin Falls is notorious for being the tallest waterfall in Maine with a total vertical drop of 800 feet. The main falls drop 280 feet and consist of plunges, horsetails, and cascades. This stunning waterfall can be found within Baxter State Park which is a 200,000-acre wilderness area in Piscataquis Country in north-central Maine. The waterfall source is Katahdin Stream which is a tributary from Mount Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain.

The waterfall can be accessed via the 2 miles out and back Katahdin Stream Falls Trail. The trail is rated as moderate and typically takes 1 to 2 hours. The trailhead is located at the Katahdin Stream Campground where parking can be challenging. Learn more about parking below. Pets are not allowed in Baxter State Park and may not hike to Katahdin Falls.

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: A main drop of 280 feet
  • Type: Plunges, horsetails, and cascades
  • Water source: Katahdin Stream
  • Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible

Katahdin Falls Location

  • Park: Baxter State Park
  • Address: Park Tote Road
  • Town: Northeast Piscataquis
  • State: Maine
  • GPS: Lat 45.89567 Lng -68.98264
  • Parking Notes: Parking options for Katahdin Falls are limited. It is best to park at the Katahdin Stream parking area and then hike Hunt Trail. Parking can be reserved in advance at https://reservation.baxterstatepark.org/reserve/parking. Parking reservation is $5 per vehicle. There are also camping reservations that can be made in advance on the Baxter State Park website.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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