Shin Brook Falls Trail
|Distance||0.6 miles (1 km)|
|Estimated Time||30 mins return|
|Surface Type||old road, forested|
|Elevation Change||135 feet|
|Trail Markers||none but easy to follow|
|Maintenance Rating||well maintained|
The trail follows an old road that is grown in with alders. The trail continues off the end of a sharp turn in the road on an old ATV trail. When you get close to the stream the trail leaves the old ATV trail and drops steeply into the stream valley. The trail is steep enough to require you to grab onto trees and bushes. There are also ropes to help. The trail comes to the stream below the falls. Follow along the shore and you will soon come to the falls. The waterfall is an impressive 30 foot drop that tumbles across a jagged rock face.
The trail continues up the hill next to the falls and once again is steep and rooty with ropes to help. Once at the top of the falls there are several smaller waterfalls. The trail at this point then goes into the woods and soon comes out to the old ATV trail that follows along the hilltop. Turn left and after a short walk you will be back to where you started.
From the General Store in Shin Pond Village head west on Grand Lake Road towards Baxter State Park. Drive for 4.8 miles (7.7 km) and you find a gravel road on the left. There is usually a sign on a tree pointing towards Shin Brook Falls. Drive in the road and either park along the road in the first opening or farther along the road when it turns sharply to the right.
On our visit we parked at the first clearing bacause the road beyond this point had large puddles and was grown in with alders. Walk or drive to the point where the road turns sharply to the right. You will find the entrance to the trail straight off the end of the turn.