Seboeis Riverside Trail

This moderate hike leads to a dramatic gorge and the Seboeis Grand Pitch cascade, where a small picnic area invites a peaceful visit.
Trail Activity
2.2 miles, Round Trip
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge, Grass


This trail follows along the Seboeis River for about a mile to the Seboeis River Grand Pitch and its confluence with Shin Brook. The hike can be accomplished in 1 to 2 hours and is suitable for hikers of average ability. Most of the trail stays near the riparian zone, with mixed canopy of hardwoods and large pines. At several points the trail descends to the river's edge, offering long views up or down river from rocky outcroppings.

The trail ends at a dramatic gorge including the Seboeis River Grand Pitch. Paddlers frequently use the trail here as a portage around these rapids. There is a small picnic area in the trees just below the pitch where Shin Brook flows into the river. Looking downstream, Sugarloaf Mountain is a distinctive landmark.

Other Information

The Seboeis River has a significant history beginning in the late 1800s when waterways were used to transport logs. Timber harvested from these forests were floated down the Seboeis River, and eventually the Penobscot River, until they finally reached a mill. Fisherman have also long valued the Seboeis River for its run of wild Eastern Brook Trout.

Trail Manager

For more information, contact:

Katahdin Area Trails

Katahdin Area Trails
PO Box 669
Millinocket, ME 04462
Phone: (207) 723-5438

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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

From Patten, follow ME-159W towards Baxter State Park's North Matagamon gate; 5.7 miles past Shin Pond the parking area is on the right, just before a bridge across the Seboeis River. The trailhead is across the road from the parking area.

The trailhead area includes several picnic tables in a riverside meadow and a primitive restroom.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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