Local Natural Wonders - Day 34
Local Natural Wonders Day 34 - Frenchman’s Hole in Bethel, Maine
This beautiful spot in Bethel with high rocky ledges and deep clear water is perfect for a dip on a hot day in the cool water. There are spots to jump off the rocky cliffs into the water, or simply enjoy a picnic and the view. The shallower upper pool is great for kids.
From Wild Swimming New England: Fairly secluded spot in beautiful Bethel, Maine near Sunday River where the river coming off the mountain has made an astonishing basin, an outstanding swimming spot. The waterfall is a highlight but the very deep pool, with crystal clear water is not to be missed. Upper and lower holes.
DIRECTIONS: Go southeast on RT 2 about 16 miles through Newry to North Bethel. In North Bethel, turn right (northwest) on Sunday River Rd.. Set your odometer and proceed up Sunday River Rd., keeping to the right at any forks. At about 5.5 miles there is a nice swimming place by the road, called "The S". To continue to Frenchman's hole, you'll pass a historic and picturesque covered bridge until you come to twin logging bridges. Cross the bridges and take the first right turn. Proceed until you see parking area on your right. To access the lower hole, climb down the ledge and walk downstream.