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Voted the best waterfalls in New England--Rightly so!

Maine and New Hampshire have no shortage of lovely swimming/hiking sites, the Step Falls in a... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
RobLaurich
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New York City, New York
Amazing natural swimming area and water slide

Beautiful spot. Good amount of parking. Wear Jean shorts. If you slide on the rock water slide... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
LovinMain
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Route 26, One-half Mile SE of Grafton Notch State Park, Newry, ME
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Reviewed 2 November 2018

Watch carefully for the entrance to the large parking lot. Somehow we missed it when leaving Grafton Notch State Park and had to backtrack to find it. There is a porta-potty for use in the parking area. This is an out and back trail, uphill...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Maine and New Hampshire have no shortage of lovely swimming/hiking sites, the Step Falls in a league of there own. Really wonderful early summer, when the waters are higher. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank RobLaurich
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Beautiful spot. Good amount of parking. Wear Jean shorts. If you slide on the rock water slide you’ll tear a regular bathing suit. Pack a lunch no restaurants nearby. I would highly recommend an afternoon visit here.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LovinMain
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

We visited with my 15 month old nephew and his parents and all 4 grandparents. The trail is really amazing but a bit of a climb here and there with stairs made from stones and tree roots. The falls were beautiful with lots of little...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank byoung81
Reviewed 1 August 2018

You have to be prepared to hike in so pack lightly. When you arrive you'll be glad you made the trek. There are plenty of flat places where toddlers can meander and other spots for the adults with them to swim and enjoy nature. The...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Corrine P
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Chose the mid rating because we did not actually get to the Falls. It is very popular and families were easily walking the rocky trail with small inclines and multiple tree roots. They carried their bathing suits so I imagine it is a popular swimming...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Cynthia F
Reviewed 21 November 2017

We walked step falls which was a nice hike to the top. There wasn't much water their, enough you still had to navigate, but it wasn't rushing in October, but it was a blast. Its a pretty easy walk up all the rocks with only...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Greg M
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful scenery with an easy hike to the top. Not much water at this time of year but worth the trip.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank watchlover
Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful area. I got some great pictures and we had a fabulous time-the trail is not too difficult for most folks (small kids, seniors, and the very out of shape might have some trouble). I was really disturbed to find however that...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank notfromtexas71
Reviewed 1 September 2017

These falls were MUCH better for swimming than Screw Auger, but the walk was much, much longer and steeper. What I read was that this was a 0.5 mile (one way) easy walk to the falls; it seemed a lot longer than 0.5 mile, and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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TeresaW1621
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Response from notfromtexas71 |
I would say no. There are many irregular stone steps and parts of the trail have a lot of roots; and the trail can be narrow in spots as well.
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