Deep in the woods. A place of glory~! Behold the gatehouse and all the mysteries beyond it!
The area encompasses three miles and has incredible vertical slate walls. The waterfalls throughout Gulf Hagas were named by loggers.
The area was previously owned by the paper mills using it for log transportation, but in 1969 it was designated a National Natural Scenic Landmark and owners agreed to preserve 500 acres, which included Gulf Hagas.
Inhabitants of the area were thought to be the "Red Paint People." Gravesites belonging to this Native American group have been found here lined with red ochre, an impure form of iron ore available in the area.
The 8.6-mile Gulf Rim Trail is a wonderful, but challenging hike which allows for views down into the gorge. A portion of the trail follows the area of the Appalachian Trail is located within the 100-mile wilderness. There are other easier and shorter options if you don't want the hike to take 8 hrs.
The gate fee is $6 for Maine residents and $10 for non-Maine residents and is open from 6am to 9pm. During the off-season no fees are collected and you should find the gate open. If you'd like to camp, you're welcome to do so, but must pay a small fee.
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