Waterfalls Detail: It has been stated that the name Split Rock was given to these falls when loggers at the turn of the century blasted out the ravine to dislodge jammed logs during the spring lumber drive. The stream once provided hydropower for a sawmill further down at the mouth of the river. The location of the mill is most likely now under the Mactaquac head pond at Jewett Cove.
These falls are very unique because the water cascading down through the split in the rock hits a solid granite wall at the base forcing the stream into a sharp right hand turn and then another granite outcrop forces a sharp left hand journey. Further down stream there are two smaller falls, which make this area of the stream really spectacular.
Visit Detail: The hike up Jewett Stream was both refreshing and picturesque with the afternoon sun casting long shadows along the east side of the ravine. Rays of sunshine bolting through the large pine trees danced off the water providing a natural kaleidoscope. There are several wonderful pools and small rapids as Jason Bennett and I made our way up through the ravine to the falls. To see the falls we had to climb up over a steep granite outcrop. At the apex we were looking straight down at the falls. To take these pictures we had to climb down into a rounded out pocket in the granite to the right. It is no wonder logs jammed here at this tight curve in the stream on their journey to the sawmill further down stream.
We decided to climb up from the falls to a clear cut and walk to a logging road which led back to the car. Our hike up to the falls via the stream was 45 minutes and the hike back was 10 minutes. Here are the coordinates to a parking spot and the top of the ravine over the falls.
Park @ N 45 51.324’ / W 66.57.886’ & Top of Ravine @ N 45 51.183’ / W 66 57.654’