A drive west from Freeport, along winding two lane roads thru rural Maine, conveys you to rolling mountain county near Newry. Head north on Route 26 for a few miles and you’ll come to a small sign on the right marking the entrance to Step Falls Preserve parking lot. The preserve, originally set aside by The Nature Conservancy in 1962, was transferred to the Mahoosuc Land Trust and they provide volunteers to maintain and improve the facilities. Don’t expect a dramatic water fall but a series of small steps dropping to a rocky brook at the bottom.
Following the .6 mile trail, you’ll first walk through an open forest to Wight Brook. Continuing to the top you will see a series of smooth natural rock slides and small pools at the end of each drop.
The formation of Step Falls began about 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age and water continues the finishing work today. Now kids of all ages enjoy the slides on the upper part of the falls. Personally, I don’t think I could bring myself to get into that cold mountain water even on the hottest summer day. Check YouTube for videos of folks sliding the falls.
If you want a quiet experience and a nice view from the top go on a cool day. On a hot day expect the sliders.
Bring snacks or sandwiches. We had a hard time finding a restaurant for lunch but there are some country stores along route 2 where you can probably find snacks.
There’s a portable outhouse near the trail head.