Little Wilson Falls

Monson, Maine

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Little Wilson Falls, at 75 feet, is one of the highest in Maine. Little Wilson Stream drops from a calm pool into a narrow, black slate gorge overhung with dark cedars. Below the falls the stream cascades over a series of smaller waterfalls before flowing into Big Wilson Stream. The hike passes several of these falls and offers access to the rest. Many of the streams in this part of Maine cut through slate gorges, drop over slate ledges, or have piles of broken slate along their banks. Nearby Big Wilson Falls—across Elliotsville Road from the dirt road back to the trailhead—is a good example. Northeast of Little Wilson Falls is Maine’s most famous slate gorge, Gulf Hagas. In most of these cases, the slate bedding stands on end. Little Wilson Falls shows this vertical bedding. Along the trail to Little Wilson Falls are several places where fins of slate stick out of the hillside. Near the falls, the top of the gorge has several large fins of slate that jut out into space.
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Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

Little Wilson Falls, at 75 feet, is one of the highest in Maine. Little Wilson Stream drops from a calm pool into a narrow, black slate gorge overhung with dark cedars. Below the falls the stream cascades over a series of smaller waterfalls before flowing into Big Wilson Stream. The hike passes several of these falls and offers access to the rest.

Many of the streams in this part of Maine cut through slate gorges, drop over slate ledges, or have piles of broken slate along their banks. Nearby Big Wilson Falls—across Elliotsville Road from the dirt road back to the trailhead—is a good example. Northeast of Little Wilson Falls is Maine’s most famous slate gorge, Gulf Hagas. In most of these cases, the slate bedding stands on end. Little Wilson Falls shows this vertical bedding. Along the trail to Little Wilson Falls are several places where fins of slate stick out of the hillside. Near the falls, the top of the gorge has several large fins of slate that jut out into space.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monson
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May to Nov; during May and early June, the falls are more spectacular.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Elliotsville Plantation, (207) 581-9462, www.keepmebeautiful.org
Local Maps: Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 41; USGS Barren Mountain West
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Wilson Falls

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