Overall Rating: 4/5
Hike Distance/Time: about 1 mile / 45 mins
Hike Difficulty: Easy
A lovely paved walkway sits along the Royal River in Yarmouth, ME. As far as we can tell, it’s a great place to visit year round! We visited once in the fall and once in early winter (it had only snowed about 4″ total at the time), and both times were equally enjoyable! The path was a bit icy but still walkable. As you can tell, the falls are also equally enjoyable in either drought conditions or after snow melt!
No fall along the river can really qualify as a ‘natural waterfall’ – even what looks like a real (small) waterfall ends up being created by remnants of the old paper mill that sat upon the falls. What looks like it could be the largest waterfall along the river is what others claim as a ‘rapid’. This may not be the best place for you if you’re looking for a true, mindblowing waterfall, but it’s so calming and peaceful to just go for a walk and have a seat at one of the benches along the trail and enjoy the sounds of the water.
To find Royal River Walk, the easiest place to park would be at William H. Rowe school, in the parking lot next to the basketball (tennis?) court. Follow the path down the right side of the court to the pathways.
Have fun and be safe!