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Coos Canyon

Address: Route 17, Rangeley, ME
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Ranked #15 of 19 Attractions in Rangeley
Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Type: Canyons, Nature & Parks
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Spokane Valley, Washington
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Small town along our route with a beautiful waterfall course that is right on the highway. There is a gold mining store across the highway that has good coffee and the cashier was very helpful with directions to local outdoor attractions.

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Wrentham, Massachusetts, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We stopped at Coos Canyon on our way North to Rangeley, Maine. It is very picturesque and worth stopping for if you do not have to go out of your way. Don't bother using the rest room/outhouse unless you can hold your breath while in there (horrible.)

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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We stopped for a break to get out of the car. Nice area, can see the canyon from the parking lot. Worth a stop to see if you are driving by.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

If the water's flowing high enough (but not too swift) dare to take a jump off one of the many rock faces into the water- I did! If you're feeling lucky try searching for gold. Great place to stop and just walk around too.

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Fort Worth, TX
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348 reviews 348 reviews
186 attraction reviews
312 helpful votes 312 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We drove up here with the intention of panning in the river for gold. Stopping in shops, etc. along the way locals warned us that most of the areas where you can still find gold have been closed off. So instead of getting into the cold water and panning for hours for most likely nothing, we wimped out and went... More 

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Amherst, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
45 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My wife and I went here specifically for the gold-panning, as part of a little geology-themed drive up and down New England. The views were nice and the people were (mostly) friendly, but... Well, here's the dirty secret about gold-panning: It's boring. It's super, super boring. There weren't a lot of people around when we visited, which meant that, after... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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464 reviews 464 reviews
269 attraction reviews
227 helpful votes 227 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

You can't help but drive by Coos Canyon and it's worth the stop to get out and stretch your legs. The scenery is neat as you can see by the photos. The park is small, I can't imagine it taking more than 15-20 minutes to walk all around it.

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Brunswick, Maine, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

The falls were great even though the water was a little low from lack of rain. There was an outhouse which was locked up and then a public privy and when went in there it was so disgusting in the smell it was not usable. Unfortunately there are no other public restrooms for miles and miles.

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Portland, Maine
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Side of the road attraction with dirt parking. Outhouse style facilities. Very pretty waterfalls over large boulders with colored trees surrounding. Gift shop across the street.

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54 reviews 54 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Interesting river with small falls and wading pools. The surrounding area is nice. But not good spot for small kids (slippery) and there is a trash and cigarette butts all over. Oh well.

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