Step Falls
Newry, ME

RATING: 4.5/5.0

Step Falls
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STATE: Maine
COUNTY: Oxford County
TOWN: Newry
PARK: Step Falls Preserve
TYPE: Horsetails, cascades, slides and pools
HEIGHT: Approximately 250-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Wight Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.6 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 20 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +300 feet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Excellent
DELORME ATLAS: Page 18, E-2 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes (must be leashed)
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: Wight Brook Falls

THE FALLS:

Step Falls is a spectacular long chain of descending horsetails and cascades that lies a few miles outside of the eastern border of Grafton Notch State Park. Situated on a 24-acre property managed by the Mahoosuc Land Trust, a local organization dedicated to “protecting and conserving land and traditional land uses.” Step Falls was acquired in 1962 by The Nature Conservancy and transferred to the Mahoosuc Land Trust in 2012. It has been a popular attraction for waterfall fanatics and swimming hole lovers for decades. At Step Falls, Wight Brook, a wide mountain stream, meanders its way down several hundred feet of sunny granite slabs. During spring runoff, the water volume can supposedly reach up to 500 cubic feet per second. In the summer months, however, horsetails and plunges transform into skinny, nearly powerless slides, and dozens of water sculptured paths that existed in spring often dry up. As if being one of the tallest falls in Maine is not enough, Step Falls also has numerous shallow pools, many of which offer fine places to wade and, in the slightly deeper of the pools, swim. The yellow-tinted water in the pools has a very clear and clean appearance. The largest pool at the site, approximately 40 feet long by 12 feet wide, is surrounded by several moss-surrounded horsetails that empty into the pool. Along the edges of the pools are broad, mostly flat, sunny granite slabs that meet every requirement for a relaxing picnic. Visitors should be aware that pets must be leashed and owners must clean up after them. Neighbors on all sides of the preserve request that visitors respect their private property and stay within the boundaries of the preserve.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Trail information for this particular waterfall is not posted online. Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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