Northwest of Bangor in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest of the North Maine Woods, the west branch of the Pleasant River has gouged a canyon with four basins. Buttermilk Falls forms the largest and nicest for swimming. Access into the forest is controled by several checkpoints. There are over 70 campsites in the forest and the checkpoints will help you with reservations (207-965-8135).
To reach the trailhead from the junction of US95 and SR15 in Bangor, head north on US95 for 14.1 miles to Exit 53. Head north on SR16 for 24.1 miles to the town of Milo. From Milo, continue north on State Road 11 for 12.5 miles. Turn onto the Katahdin Ironworks Road and go 6.6 miles to the Gulf Hagas parking lot.
Starting hiking north on the AT for 1.5 miles to the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail. Turn west on the Gulf Hagas Rim Trail for 1.3 miles to Buttermilk Falls.
Overall, Buttermilk Falls is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 10 hikes in Maine.