Maine's Grand Canyon
I like the way this Boston Globe article about Gulf Hagas Gorge begins, though what writer Stephen Jermanok calls "zealous pride" I would call typical Yankee leg-pulling.
Mainers are some of the most understated people in the country. So when I heard that they refer to Gulf Hagas as the "Grand Canyon of the East," I had to laugh at their zealous pride.Gulf Hagas—a National Natural Landmark since 1968—is located in Bowdoin College Grant East (T7 R10 NWP), between Brownville Junction and Greenville. Deirdre Fleming wrote a nice piece about the gorge in 2003 for the Press Herald.
Gulf Hagas is a long, rambling gorge, not a mile-long pit in the ground. Yet, with the waters of the West Branch of the Pleasant River plunging through the narrow walls and careening over boulders to create a waterfall around every bend, I'm not exaggerating when I say that this day hike is one of Maine's finest.