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Shin Brook Falls Trail, Shin Brook Pond area

Seboeis River Trail

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Quick Facts

Difficulty moderate
Trail Type linear
Distance 1.1 miles (1.8 km)
Estimated Time 1 hr 15 mins return
Surface Type forested
Elevation Change 59 feet
Features river, cliffs, rocky outcrop
Trail Markers red paint
Scenary Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception none
Dog Friendly yes
Fees none
GPS File available on request

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Seboeis River Trail

Description

The Seboeis River Trail starts out as a nice walk along the river on an old road. Be aware that there is poison ivy along the trail in a wide spot. There are also lots of wildflowers along the trail. After the wide spot the trail turns into a single track path along the river.

The first thing of interest is a large rocky outcrop along the river. There are also several views up and down the river. At one point the trail crosses a Portage Trail. Look closely to find the sign on the tree by the river and the trail cut into the woods. This is a short cut to carry your canoe to Shin Brook.

Seboeis River Trail

At some point the trail will go into the woods away from the river. Soon you will see smaller trails on the right climbing the rocky ground towards the river. Climb to the top of these rocks but be careful. The trails come out onto the top of a 40 to 50 foot cliff overlooking the rapidy stretch of the river.

Return to the main trail and you will soon come to a hill that drops down to a wide opening with a fire pit in the middle. From the opening there are several trails down to the river. From here you get amazing views downriver of Sugarloaf Mountain (one of many with the same name).

Seboeis River Trail

Keep to the right along the river near the fire pit and you can climb out onto a rocky outcrop that juts out into the river next to a small falls. The falls is where the rapidy part of the river dumps into a deep, wide pool. If you brought you bathing suit this is a great place to swim but be careful. There are some large bouldes under the surface below the waterfall. It really hurts when you kick them. I learned that the hard way.

Directions

From the General Store in Shin Pond Village head west on Grand Lake Road towards Baxter State Park. Drive for 5.7 miles (9.1 km) and you will descend a hill down into the Seboeis River Valley. Just before the bridge at the bottom of the hill turn right into the small parking area. There is a large sign that says Seboeis River Trail Parking.

A road near the back of the parking area takes you to an outhouse. Cross the road by the bridge and you will see the signs for the trail on the other side.

Seboeis River Trail

Other Trails in the area

  • Baxter State Park
    • Trail Last Hiked: June 16, 2019
    • Page last updated: July 19, 2019