This Strange Phenomenon In Maine Is Too Weird For Words

While many outsiders think people from Maine are strange, I’d like to tell you once and for all that we’re not as strange as it might seem. I know this because a few weeks ago I decided that I’d like to write an article for you that highlighted a strange “thing” in our state, either natural or man-made. It was surprisingly hard to find something I felt you, the readers, would find compelling!

I looked into gravity hills where an optical illusion seemingly makes objects roll backwards (apparently, we don’t have one) and abandoned towns where residents simply disappeared (nope.) I realized that, perhaps, Maine is not as wacky as I thought.

I considered Bubble Rock, defying physics with its teetering position near Jordan Pond and the Ice Caves, full of icy rock in the dead of summer. But, in the end, I continued to come back to the strange phenomenon of Reversing Falls in Pembroke, Maine.

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Thank you to for the following directions to Reversing Falls Park:

To visit Reversing Falls in Pembroke, head to Reversing Falls Park via U.S. 1.

Once in Pembroke, head east onto the extension of Route 214, immediately beside the Irving gas station. From here, turn right at the stop sign and then take an immediate left up a small hill onto the Leighton Point Road. Continue 3.3 miles, then turn right onto Clarkside Road where you’ll see a wooden sign for Reversing Falls. Continue on this road for 1.2 miles. At the end of Clarkside Road, turn left onto a dirt road and travel 1.5 miles to the town of Pembroke Land and Parking area.

Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s trail begins at the eastern parking lot.

Please note that swimming is not allowed in or near the falls at any time. The swirling action of the water can create treacherous conditions and even boat travel should only be undertaken with a local, knowledgeable guide.

If you love the idea of reversing falls, you might also want to check out Blue Hill Falls in Blue Hill, which has a similar reversing action.

Have you been to the falls in Pembroke? Share your photos and let us know what you thought. Have an idea for something else you’d like to see us feature? Let us know!