People pan for gold in Maine?
You bet, at Coos Canyon, a very popular roadside stop along the Swift River in Byron! This hidden gem is definitely worth the trip. This scenic stop is a 500-yard gorge that sits right next to the road. It’s a great place to stretch your legs or have lunch. The gorge features rock crystals, potholes, hydraulic erosion features and a 15-foot waterfall. Aside from panning for gold in the river, many visitors enjoy swimming in the canyon.
More About Coos Canyon
The parking lot is large and there are picnic tables on the riverbank and restroom facilities. A small bridge leading to Coos Canyon Campground offers another fantastic view of this unique natural feature. Talk to the folks at the rock shop across the road if you’re interested in trying your hand at gold panning! While you’re in the area consider checking out Height of Land scenic overlook, just 14 minutes north.
Have you visited Coos Canyon?
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