LITTLE WILSON FALLS, UPPER

Upper Little Wilson Falls

Upper Little Wilson Falls

DESCRIPTION: One of the highest waterfalls directly on the Appalachian Trail, Little Wilson’s upper falls plunge 39 feet into a dark, narrow chasm, with several additional ten foot falls a short distance below. The adjacent canyon walls have a remarkably angular appearance, unique among the area’s waterfalls.  Scenic year-round, these falls are impressively loud when early spring snow-melt boosts the stream’s normal flows. Geologists assert that Little Wilson Stream flows through a natural fault, and did not carve its own canyon. Consistent with this theory, the upper falls and gorge display very few of the hydraulic erosion features otherwise common in this area, including farther downstream on Little Wilson.

Scenic Rating: 3/5
Difficulty Rating: 3/5
Hike Duration: 2 hours
Handicap Access: No
Fees: No
GPS Reading: N45.3736 W69.4717
County: Piscataquis
Township: Elliotsville
DeLorme Atlas: Map 41 E4 shown in DeLorme

DIRECTIONS: Follow directions to Lower Little Wilson Falls. The access trail to the upper falls starts at the MFS campground and follows the south side of Little Wilson Stream for about 0.3 miles before diverging slightly away from the stream. At 0.8 miles, the access trail joins the Appalachian Trail. Note this junction carefully; it is easy to miss on the return hike. Follow the AT 0.2 miles to the upper falls.

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Waterfall Trail Map for Little Wilson Falls area

Waterfall Trail Map for Little Wilson Falls area

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Waterfall Trail Map for Bodfish Valley area

Waterfall Trail Map for Bodfish Valley area

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Photos: ©Bob Hamer