Step Falls Nature Preserve, Maine

Step Falls Nature Preserve in Newry, Maine USA. Acquired in 1962,  Step Falls was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine.
Step Falls Nature Preserve – Newry, Maine
 

Step Falls Nature Preserve – I was recently in Grafton Notch State Park in Newry, Maine and while there visited nearby Step Falls Nature Preserve. The preserve is known for its cascades and excellent view from the top of the falls, but on the day of my visit it was snowing and very windy so I focused on the cascades and forest scenes.

Step Falls Nature Preserve is a 24 acre lot located just outside of Grafton Notch State Park, along Route 26. Acquired in 1962, it was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine. In 2012, the Mahoosuc Land Trust took over ownership of the preserve and has since made improvements to the grounds.

Step Falls along Wight Brook at Step Falls Nature Preserve in Newry, Maine USA during the autumn months. Acquired in 1962,  Step Falls was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine.
Step Falls Nature Preserve – Newry, Maine
 

Step Falls is a series of cascades and pools along Wight Brook that drop over 250 feet. The numerous pools and open ledge make this a great spot to swim during the summer months. After heavy rains and during spring snowmelt I imagine these falls are incredible! There are endless photo opportunities along the falls.

A yellow trail blaze that has been properly covered up with brown paint at Step Falls Nature Preserve in Newry, Maine USA. Acquired in 1962,  Step Falls was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine.
Covered Trail Blaze – Step Falls Nature Preserve, Maine
 

As I walked the trail to Step Falls, I couldn't help but admire the care that has been put forth to conserve this Preserve. In the above image, brown paint has been used to cover up an unneeded yellow trail blaze along the trail. If painted trail blazing is improperly removed from a tree it can damage the tree, but painting over the trail blaze, like this, with a neutral color does no harm to the tree.

Step Falls Nature Preserve in Newry, Maine USA. Acquired in 1962,  Step Falls was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine.
Staircase – Step Falls Nature Preserve, Maine
 

The stone staircases along the trail blend in well with the surroundings, and are in areas that will benefit from having a set of stairs. The steps are placed well and visitors should feel comfortable going up and down them, and not feel the need to go around them.

The Steps Falls Natural Preserve is a great place to visit, and future conservation of the site is in good hands. The Mahoosuc Land Trust is doing a great job conserving this site. I look forward to visiting the Preserve again.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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