Little Wilson Falls Trail

Hike up a gradual incline along Little Wilson Stream to a beautiful steep slate gorge waterfall on the Appalachian Trail. 
Trail Activity
2.4 miles, Round Trip
Elliottsville Twp
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge


The access trail to Little Wilson Falls begins just above the open area near the lower falls. The blue-blazed trail hugs the banks of Little Wilson Stream closely at first and then follows a couple steep switchbacks to gain higher ground. After approximately 0.8 miles the access trail reaches the Appalachian Trail (AT), which has white blazes. Little Wilson Falls is to the left at this intersection. As the AT approaches Little Wilson Falls use extra caution in walking as the trail sits at the top of a steep drop off down to the stream. There are two short paths to view the falls, one above and one below the falls. 

Other Information

Do not underestimate the difficulty of hiking the Appalachian Trail (AT) and its associated side trails in Maine. Be sure to carry equipment and supplies necessary for this undertaking and be prepared for challenging weather conditions. Please educate yourself before hiking, so that you can have the knowledge and skills necessary for an enjoyable and safe hike. Fires are only allowed in the provided fireplace ring at established campsites; it is illegal in Maine to build a fire elsewhere.

The Appalachian National Scenic Trail runs from Maine to Georgia along the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. It is managed cooperatively by the National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and 31 trail-maintaining clubs along with other federal and state land managers whose land the trail crosses. Over 3 million people visit the A.T. every year. Since its inception in the 1920s, thousands of volunteers have worked tirelessly to maintain, manage, and protect the Appalachian Trail. 

In Maine, the all-volunteer Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC) maintains and protects the 267-mile section of the Appalachian Trail extending from Katahdin in Baxter State Park to Grafton Notch at ME-26. In addition, MATC maintains over 60 miles of side trails as well as a system of regularly-spaced shelters and campsites to preserve access to wild, backcountry hiking in Maine. MATC publishes The Official Appalachian Trail Guide to Maine, which includes seven maps, please visit their website for information on how to purchase the guide or to learn more about becoming a member of MATC.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Appalachian Trail Club online for more information or contact:

Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC)

Maine Appalachian Trail Club (MATC)
PO Box 7564
Portland, ME 04112
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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Trailhead Information

From Monson, head north on ME-6/15. Turn right onto Elliotsville Road. After 7.6 miles and before the bridge over Wilson Stream, there is a turn to the left. This road section has large potholes. High clearance vehicles are strongly recommended. There is parking on the left immediately after the turn for low clearance vehicles. There is also parking at a large gravel lot where the dirt road splits 0.8 miles after the turn off from Elliotsville Road. Finally, there is limited parking at the trail head, which is 0.3 miles up the left spur. 

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July 11, 2022
Short, easy hike from the lower falls to the upper falls. Pay attention to the blazes: the switchbacks can be disorienting if you're traveling quickly! Beautiful "square" rocks form natural steps (often slippery!) toward the base of the falls. There's no good position to photograph the falls in their entirety, but even just a piece of it is gorgeous.
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100 Mile Wilderness
This hike is within the "Hundred Mile Wilderness," a section of the Appalachian Trail without any public road crossings. Despite the name, this section is very popular for day hikers or backpackers. Trail use is at its highest in August and September. All hikers should follow Leave No Trace principles and expect to share the Trail with other users.

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