Prescott Field, Sandy River
This is listed on swimmingholes.org, but I’m not sure if I would swim here. The water is very black, and you can see that there is some debris left from a bridge or mill. The walk to the river is pretty though, with lots of wildflowers and small paths to the shore, so it might be worth a visit anyway.
The path is a part of the Prescott Field area of the University of Maine at Farmington. Off of Front St. in Farmington, you’ll see large athletic fields, and the parking area for the trail is set back from the road, alongside the baseball diamond and a soccer field. There are bathrooms at the parking lot.
Take the trail that runs along the sign saying, “Prescott Field,” which goes by the baseball dugout. This used to be a railroad track, so mind the metal rebar sticking up from the ground. The trail ends is a ledge of stone ruins, where there are two steep descents down to the river. These are clearly well worn paths, but they were really muddy and slick during our visit. I just took photos from the top of the rampart. Watching the river from the ruins is nice though.
- 5-10 min.
- +44 40.163, -70 09.216