Remember when I posted a picture of a reverse waterfall? That unusual phenomenon happens when falling water is blown back onto the land by a strong wind, kind of making it seem like the waterfall is flowing in reverse.

A frozen reverse waterfall requires two of the same elements, falling water and strong wind, but also a third: temperatures well below freezing. When these three conditions meet, the water that’s blown back freezes onto anything it touches, coating the immediate surroundings in a layer of ice, similar to frozen rain, but very localized.

March is a great time to see frozen reverse waterfalls, and one spot on the East Coast Trail is particularly famous for it: Red Head Cove on Stiles Cove Path:


Frozen East Coast Trail forest – Stiles Cove Path


Frozen East Coast Trail forest – Stiles Cove Path


A piece of ice – Stiles Cove Path

Here’s a look at the waterfall from the opposite side of the cove, you can see the ice covering the cliffs around the waterfall, and also the tiny patch of forest directly above it, which is where the East Coast Trail crosses through it:

Frozen reverse waterfall - Stiles Cove Path

Frozen reverse waterfall – Stiles Cove Path

In case you’re wondering, these photos were taken 3 years ago today, when the weather was very cold and windy. If you haven’t seen a frozen reverse waterfall in person yet, I suggest you try to find one this month!

Not sure where this is exactly? Check out easy hike #3 on my Easy hikes on the East Coast Trail page.