“Hike from the Visitor Center to the prized waterfalls of Tettegouche State Park: High Falls and Two Step Falls.”
— Caleb Joyce
Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
Older kids will love reaching both falls and enjoying the views!
Do not miss this well-maintained trail that serves two waterfalls and a swing bridge all within 3.5 miles. You have the option to see Two Step Falls
on your way to High Falls
or on your way back. To build on the excitement, Two Falls should be seen first since it is the lesser of the two falls. You might be tempted to call it quits at High Falls
but keep meandering down the trail to the heavily photographed swing bridge.
Also, check out Shovel Point Trail
when you are done with the falls.
Need to Know
Parking at the Visitor Center is free of charge.
From the Visitor Center, head southwest down the road to the second, lesser-known parking lot. Before you hit the bridge, you'll see the trail entrance against the treeline. Meander down the heavily wooded trail, stopping at various benches and overlooks to get a glimpse of the Baptism River.
About 1 mile in, take a left at the Two Falls Connector. This intersection includes wayfinding signage. This short detour will dip you down some steps to the river bed. From here, you'll be able to get a great view upriver at the Two Step Falls
. When your time at the first falls is done, backtrack up to the High Falls Trail
. Continue left toward High Falls
Once at High Falls
, feel free to scramble around the falls, but be careful since the rocks are slick and a fall could be treacherous. Make sure to continue up the trail a bit more to explore the swing bridge. If you wish, you can cross the river and get a view from High Falls
on the other side of the river. When you are all waterfalled out, head back to the Visitor Center via the way you came.
Flora & Fauna
Pine and birch forest