Little Wilson Falls

Monson, Maine 04464

Little Wilson Falls

Little Wilson Falls Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Little Wilson Falls Professional Reviews and 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.

To hike to Little Wilson Falls, turn left and hike southbound on the AT up a rocky and rooty climb alongside the slate gorge. When you reach the sign- in box just before the falls, there is a place to climb out onto the rocks to see the falls from partway down. Remember, while climbing around on the rock, that slate is slippery when wet. After exploring the falls, you may want to explore the slate gorge and the stream below the gorge. To do so, pass the Little Wilson Falls Trail and continue northbound on the AT as it drops down to Little Wilson Stream just below the gorge."

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Trail Information

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