“The Grand Canyon of Maine” is a popular description of Gulf Hagas. With a plethora of spectacular waterfalls, swimming holes, and chutes, along with astonishing wildlife, this gorge-ous gorge has plenty to see and enjoy, and offers terrific hiking trails. An 8-mile loop takes you along the rim of the 400-foot deep gorge, which cuts through the west branch of the Pleasant River. The views into the slate canyon from atop the sheer cliffs of Gulf Hagas are awe-inspiring.
A registered landmark, Gulf Hagas is also home to remnants of the blast furnace and a charcoal kiln known as the Katahdin Iron Works, which dates back to the 1800s.
While it is a known favorite for summer hikers, Gulf Hagas also welcomes heartier, more skilled hikers in the winter. Ice climbing on the falls can be exhilarating.
Gulf Hagas is also a proud part of Maine's fabled 100 Mile Wilderness, the longest stretch of uninterrupted wilderness along the entire Appalachian Trail. When you meet the challenge of these hiking trails, you can also boast that you’ve hiked part of the AT. So put on your hiking boots, pack your maps and trail mix, and trek out to Gulf Hagas!