Step Falls Preserve Trail

Rumford, Maine

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There’s no doubt that this waterfall was created with kids in mind. Dropping 200 feet along Wight Brook in a series of cascades, Step Falls beckons little hikers to scale granite rocks alongside the tumbling water and to plunge into the deep, icy pools. (Don’t forget bathing suits!) But this waterfall won’t just appeal to the children—the gentle, unremitting roar will soothe and relax adults stretched out near the wading pools. If you’re determined to interest the kids in family hiking, start with this one—it’s a winner. And if you’re a veteran hiker who enjoyed the hikes to Georgiana and Harvard Falls, Bickford Brook Slides, and Hamilton Falls, this, too, will make your list of favorites.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

There’s no doubt that this waterfall was created with kids in mind. Dropping 200 feet along Wight Brook in a series of cascades, Step Falls beckons little hikers to scale granite rocks alongside the tumbling water and to plunge into the deep, icy pools. (Don’t forget bathing suits!) But this waterfall won’t just appeal to the children—the gentle, unremitting roar will soothe and relax adults stretched out near the wading pools.

If you’re determined to interest the kids in family hiking, start with this one—it’s a winner. And if you’re a veteran hiker who enjoyed the hikes to Georgiana and Harvard Falls, Bickford Brook Slides, and Hamilton Falls, this, too, will make your list of favorites.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Rumford
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy in Maine
Local Maps: USGS Puzzle Mountain
Topo Map: Step Falls Preserve Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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