Waterfall Bridge is another one of the classic and majestic Rockefeller bridges, completed in 1925 and spanning roughly 120 feet. Located only a stone's throw east of the equally impressive Hemlock Bridge, Waterfall Bridge is situated along Hadlock Brook just downstream from the 40-foot tall Hadlock Falls which flows through its skewed arch. One of the most iconic views and photo opportunities in Acadia is to peer through the arch to view the waterfall. Four buttress-like viewing platforms also encourage visitors to take a break and enjoy the scenery.
Several parking areas provide relatively easy access to Hemlock Bridge and Waterfall Bridge, including the Parkman Trailhead and the Norumbega Trailhead. You can hike or bike the carriage roads directly to the bridges, or hikers can pay a visit during hikes along the neighboring trails, including Bald Peak and Parkman Mountain as well as the Hadlock Brook Trail and Maple Spring Trail. Please note that most of Hadlock Brook's flow comes from spring runoff, so the waterfall is sometimes just a trickle during the drier months later in the year.
To navigate the trails and carriage roads of Acadia and find the classic stone bridges, get a copy of the wonderful Map Adventures Acadia National Park Trail Map or Diane Abrell's Carriage Roads of Acadia: A Pocket Guide. And for more in depth information on the construction and history of the bridges, please see Robert Thayer's Acadia's Carriage Roads book.
|Standing on top of the majestic Waterfall Bridge with a wonderful view of Hadlock Falls. BUY PHOTO|
|Hadlock Falls framed by the skewed arch of Waterfalls Bridge--one of the iconic Acadia photo ops. BUY PHOTO|
|Hadlock Falls during an early morning downpour. BUY PHOTO|