Falls Detail: Mary Pitcher is one of New Brunswick’s most stunning waterfalls.  The remoteness of the falls and the level of difficulty to reach it is due to the lack of information. The area is relatively unknown. The falls plunges 15 metres striking a rock ledge then drops approximately 15 additional metres into the Big Salmon River. The brook empties Mary Pitcher Lake and several large wet areas and runs a straight course for 2 km while dropping over 230 meters in this distance. The falls is located at the escarpment that forms the west side of the Big Salmon.

To see the falls head east from Hammondvale on the Old Shepody Road until crossing over the small bridge spanning Felix Brook. A short distance later Felix Brook Road is on the right. From here to where the road dead-end is 11 km. The later portion of this logging road is rough and requires a vehicle with clearance. From here it is a 1.5 km bushwhack through forest to the falls.

Visit Detail: In November 2008, I visited what I believed was Mary Pitcher Falls with two friends. During the winter I started research for my up coming book about waterfalls. During this research I came across information that Mary Pitcher Falls could be seen from the Big Salmon River. I checked my GPS References against the location of the falls in relation to the river and determined it would be impossible to do this due to the distance. I then contacted Martin Marshall and Larry Adair to ask if there was a waterfall on the Mary Pitcher Brook that was closer to the confluence with the Big Salmon River. Both indicated that there was a high waterfall located directly at the confluence and it was known as the Mary Pitcher Falls. 

Armed with this information I made a return trip the area in May 2009 with a friend. We stopped to photograph the Second Falls and then hiked down the brook to find the real Mary Pitcher. It was amazing to walk out onto a large boulder to look out over the Big Salmon River and to see the brook plunge downward and crashing far below over a series of rock outcrops. 

We hiked away to the east of the falls and made our way down to the Big Salmon and then crossed in knee high freezing water to the opposite side to photograph the waterfall. Mary Pitcher Brook is simply spectacular. There are 14 waterfalls of various sizes in 1.5 kilometres with two at least 30 metres in height. 

I have been to Falls Brook Falls on the Miramichi and I would safely state that the two large waterfalls on the Mary Pitcher Brook are higher. Both falls are drastically different and have impressive characteristics in their own right.


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  1. Sterling McAskill — August 21, 2009 @ 10:46 am

    I recently met up with you and your partner in Boucher and looked up the Mary Pitcher when I had an opportunity. I am impressed as I thought I would be from your explanation. The website is very impressive and I should probably ask: “How did you do finding Gagne Falls?”
    I will be referring this site to my friends.
    Thanks,
    Sterling


    
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