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Beaver Brook Falls
Height: 100′
Water Source: Beaver Brook
Location: Colebrook, NH
Directions: Take Route 145 North, off Interstate 93; follow signs to Beaver Brook Falls WaysideAn area located near the stunning waterfall is perfect for a picnic. Walk across the footbridge to reach the falls.

 

Crystal Falls
Height: 55′
Water Source: Phillips Brook
Location: Stark, NH
Directions: Located near the intersection of Plain and Paris Roads in Stark.

Three-tiered waterfall stemming from Phillips Brook in Stark.

 

Dixville Flume, Huntingdon Cascades
Height: 15′
Water Source: Flume Brook
Location: Dixville, NH

Directions: East of Dixville Notch on Route 26.
Easy roadside access to two waterfalls, Dixville Flume and Huntingdon Cascades, which are located in Dixville Notch State Park. There are picnic areas near both of these falls.

 

Garfield Falls
Height: 40′
Water Source: East Branch Dead Diamond River
Location: Pittsburg, NH

Directions: Magalloway Lookout tower Road, 1.1 miles to wood bridge 1/10 mile to a gray shingled camp, 1 mile to gated road. 6/10 mile to where the road splits off to the right (do not go right), go 2.4 more miles to the Lookout Tower Road and pass it. Pass two camps on left; pass another road on right. Pass, sand pits on both sides of road and pass another gated road on your left, Pass another cottage on your right, then 1.2 miles to parking area, There is a trail on left with small rocks defining it.
Garfield Falls is a natural attraction known for its scenic observation points and cold swimming holes. A forty foot drop off to the pools below defines Garfield Falls, where years of erosion have worn down many of the rocks and boulders in this section of the river. After the falls, the river continues onward through a rocky passage to a series of small rapids. This section of rapids offers hikers their only chance to cross the river by “hopskotching” the exposed river boulders. Access to the upper portion of the falls and its numerous pools can be achieved by crossing the river at this point.

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Agassiz Basin & Indian Leap
Height: 20′
Water Source: Moosilauke Brook
Location: N. Woodstock, NH
There are two footbridges here, one directly over the Agassiz Falls and the other below the upstream waterfall known as Indian Leap.
Directions: Beside Route 112, east of the junction of Routes 112 and 118Small but beautiful 10 foot waterfall, also called Indian Leap. Series of potholes on Moosilauke Brook.

Ammonoosuc Falls – Lower
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Ammonoosuc River
Location: Carroll, NH
Directions: On old Cherry Mountain Road, off Rt. 302 between Twin Mountain and Fabyans. Take an immediate left (before railroad tracks) and park in the area at the end of this paved road. Walk down the dirt road at the end of the parking lot (about a .1 mile hike).

Ammonoosuc Falls – Upper
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Ammonoosuc River
Location: Carroll, NH
Directions: On old Cherry Mountain Road, off Rt. 302 between Cog RR and Fabyans. Take an immediate left (before railroad tracks) and park in the area at the end of this paved road. Walk down the dirt road at the end of the parking lot (about a .1 mile hike).

Appalachia Falls
Height: Varies
Water Source: Cold Brook & Snyder Brook
Location: Randolph, NH
Directions: 2.6 mile Valley Way loop trail includes Cold Brook Falls, Tama Fall, Salroc Falls, and Gordon Falls. Trail starts at Appalachia parking area off U.S. Route 2 about 1/2 mile west of Randolph.

Arethusa Falls, Bemis Brook Falls
Height: 176′
Water Source: Bemis Brook
Location: Livermore, NH

Directions: 1½ mile path south of Willey House site off Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch.
Arethusa may be your destination, but Bemis Brook and Coliseum Falls are a bonus: these two are along the way to Arethusa. They are an easy .5 mile hike in, while Arethusa is 1.3 miles in on a hike of moderate difficulty. Arethusa is best viewed from below. Do not try rock hopping: the rocks are unsafe. If you wish to swim, choose spots downstream.

Artist Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Artist Brook
Location: Conway, NH
Directions: Off Route 16 and 302 on Artist Falls Road.

Avalanche Falls, Liberty Gorge Cascade, The Pool
Height: 25′
Water Source: Flume Brook
Location: Lincoln, NH

Directions: Near the Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch.
Near the Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch. The Flume Gorge may be better known, but these cascades are well worth a visit. The most dramatic of the three is 45 ft. Expect to make an easy round trip hike of just over 2 miles, if you plan to see all three.

The Baby Flume
Height: 5′
Water Source: Pemigewasset River
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Located several miles downstream from the Basin. Take the marked trail south along the Pemigewasset River. The falls are found just before crossing a footbridge.

Baker River
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Baker River
Location: Warren, NH
Directions: Northeast of Warren within view of Rt. 118.

The Basin, Cascades, Kinsman Falls, Rocky Glen Falls
Height: Varies
Water Source: Pemigewasset River
Location: Lincoln, NH at Franconia Notch
Directions: North of the Flume, called “the Old Man’s Foot Basin.” The Basin is .1 mile from the parking lot. The Cascades is .2 mile from the starting point. Kinsman Falls is .5 mile from the parking lot. Rocky Glen Falls is over a mile from the starting point.

Bath Falls
Height: 15′
Water Source: Ammonoosuc River
Location: Bath, NH
Directions: Route 302 in Bath under the covered bridge.

The Bath Falls are scenically set against the Bath Covered Bridge.

Beaver Brook Cascade
Height: 1000′
Water Source: Beaver Brook
Location: Kinsman Notch, NH
Directions: Route 112 into Kinsman Notch. Pull into the hiker’s parking lot. Follow the signs to the trail.

Beecher’s and Pearl Cascades
Height: 20′
Water Source: Crawford Brook
Location: Carroll, NH
Directions: Park behind the Crawford Depot on Route 302 and follow the signs on the Avalon Trail.

Brickett Falls
Height: 30′
Water Source: Mill Brook
Location: Chatham, NH
Directions: Route 113 to North Chatham. Just north of North Chatham, look on the west side of the road for the Mount Meader Trail. The falls are a little over a mile up the trail.

Bridal Veil Falls
Height: 80′
Water Source: Coppermine Brook
Location: Franconia, NH
Directions: Coppermine Trail off of Route 116 near Easton

Campton Falls
Height: 15′
Water Source: Beebe River
Location: Campton, NH
Directions: Take Exit 27 off I-93N to Blair Road. Turn left onto Route 175 at stop sign. Pull over after the place where Beede River passes under a bridge.

Cascade Brook Falls
Height: 200′
Water Source: Cascade Brook
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Route 93 North into Franconia Notch. Look for the Basin parking area and park here. Take the marked trail up Cascade Brook.

A relatively easy 1.2 mile hike takes you to the falls.

Cold Brook Falls
Height: 20′
Water Source: Cold Brook
Location: Randolph, NH
Directions: Route 2 in Randolph to a large trailhead parking lot on the south side of the road. Follow the Amphibrach Trail to the Cold Brook Crossing. The falls are about 100′ upstream.

Coosauk, Hitchcock, and Stairs Falls
Height: 15′
Water Source: Bumpus Brook
Location: Randolph, NH
Directions: Falls can be reached by following the Sylvan Trail toward Bumpus Brook. Trail starts at Appalachia parking area off of U.S. Route 2 about 1/2 mile west of Randolph.

Crystal Cascade
Height: 80′
Water Source: Cutler River
Location: Pinkham’s Grant, NH
Directions: 3 mile trail from Pinkham Notch Camp of AMC

The last part of the path is somewhat steep, but leads to an excellent view point.

 

Diana’s Bath
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Cutler River
Location: Bartlett, NH

Directions: West Side Road, North Conway

An easy .5 mile walk in takes you to cascading falls, waterspouts and granite basins along Lucy Brook.

Dryad and Giant Falls
Height: 325′
Water Source: Dryad Brook
Location: Success, NH
Directions: Park in the lot adjacent to the Austin Mill Brook Bridge off North Road in Shelburne. Take marked trail to the upper portion of Dryad or follow the Peabody Brook trail to Giant Falls.

Falling Waters Trail
Height: Varies
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Opposite Lafayette Campground in Franconia Notch. A favorite hike, 1.4 miles one way, that takes you to Walker Cascade, 20 ft. Stairs Falls, 60 ft. Swiftwater Falls and 80 ft. Cloudland Falls.

Flume Cascade and Silver Cascade
Height: 420′ and 640′
Location: Harts Location, NH
Directions: Flume Cascade is a short distance downhill to the east from height of land in Crawford Notch on Route 302. The Silver Cascade is a short distance downhill to the east from height of land in Crawford Notch on Route 302.

The Silver Cascade is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in the state during high water, when the falls spread out over a substantial width of ledge. In drier times, the falls slow to a trickle.

 

Flume Gorge
Height: 55′
Water Source: Flume Brook
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Beside Route 3 in Franconia Notch, 5 miles North of Lincoln.

Your tour through this 800 foot chasm takes you on boardwalks through covered bridges, past waterfalls and views.

Franconia Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Franconia Brook
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Route 112 East from Lincoln for 4.7 miles.

Georgiana and Harvard Falls
Height: 80′
Water Source: Harvard Brook
Location: Lincoln, NH
Directions: Located on Harvard Brook in Lincoln. Set of two falls, approximately 1/2 mile apart along the same trail.

Gibbs Falls
Height: 35′
Water Source: Gibbs Brook
Location: Beans Grant, NH
Directions: Follow Crawford Path which is located across Route 302 from Crawford Depot.

Glen Ellis Falls
Height: 65′
Water Source: Ellis River
Location: Gorham, NH
Directions: Route 16 in Pinkham Notch.

A pedestrian tunnel take you to the other side of the highway where you turn right and walk .2 mile to the falls. 65 ft. high, for the most dramatic view, follow the footpath down steep stone steps.

Goodrich Falls
Height: 80′
Water Source: Ellis River
Location: Bartlett, NH
Directions: Located on the Ellis River. The falls are below the Route 16 bridge in Jackson. Pull off onto side roads before or after the river to search for the best view.

Hermit Falls
Height: 30′
Water Source: Basin Brook
Location: Chatham, NH
Directions: Located near the Basin Campground, off Route 113 in Chatham.

Jackson Falls
Height: 80′
Water Source: Wildcat Brook
Location: Jackson, NH
Directions: Center of Jackson Village beside Carter Notch Road.

Very accessible. The falls are created by the rushing waters of the Wildcat River, the first federally designated “Wild and Scenic River” in New Hampshire.

Livermore Falls
Height: 25′
Water Source: Pemigewasset River
Location: Campton, NH
Directions: Located off Route 3, 2.5 miles northeast of Plymouth.

Mossy Glen
Height: 40′
Water Source: Carlton Brook
Location: Randolph, NH
Directions: Located near Route 2 on Carlton Brook in Randolph.

Nancy Cascade
Height: 360′
Water Source: Nancy Brook
Location: Route 302 South of Crawford Notch
Directions: The Nancy Pond Trail starts off Rt. 302, south of Crawford Notch. The 2.4 mile hike in, which is of moderate difficulty, brings you to a series of lovely cascades that are shady and cool.

A rather rigorous hike is required to view these falls, but the trek is worth it. The falls, which are quite spectacular, plunge into a deep pool below.

 

Paradise Falls and Falls of Prosperine at Lost River
Height: 35′
Water Source: Lost River
Location: North Woodstock, NH
Directions: Kinsman Notch, 7 miles west of North Woodstock on Route 112. Falls of Prosperine located underground in the Judgment Hall of Pluto.

Admission is charged. The 35 ft. Paradise Falls are just one of the highlights of your self-guided tour through this popular attraction.

 

Pond Brook Falls
Height: 75′
Water Source: Pond Brook
Location: Stratford, NH

Directions: Located in the Nash Stream Forest just off of Nash Stream Road. Part of the Cohos Trail.

These falls are rather remote, but the water streaming over smooth rocks is a sight.

Raymond Cascade
Height: 394′
Water Source: Unknown
Location: Sargeant’s Purchase, NH
Directions: Located between Tuckerman’s and Huntington Ravines.

Ripley Falls and Kendron Flume
Height: 108′
Water Source: Avalanche Brook
Location: Harts Location, NH
Directions: On Route 302, Crawford Notch, take Ethan Pond Trail.

Sabbaday Falls
Height: 40′
Water Source: Sabbaday Brook
Location: Waterville, NH
Directions: On the Kancamagus Highway, West of Passaconaway Campground in Waterville.

You can’t swim here, but the 25ft falls is well worth the easy .3 mile hike.

Silver Cascades
Height: 640′
Water Source: Unknown
Location: Harts Location, NH
Directions: North of Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch.

Swiftwater Falls
Height: 12′
Located in Bath, beneath the Swiftwater Bridge.
Water Source: Wild Ammonoosuc River and Dry Brook
Directions: Route 112 just south of the Junctions of 112 and 302 near Bath.

With a covered bridge in the background, it’s an excellent spot for a cooling dip on a hot summers day.

 

13 Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Franconia Brook
Location: Franconia, NH
Directions: Located in the Pemigewasset Wilderness in the valley between Owl’s Head and the Garfield/Galehead Ridge. Take the Kancamagus Highway and travel east of Lincoln, turn into parking lot. Named for an old logging camp, number 13.

 

Thompson’s Falls and Emerald Pool
Height: 200′
Water Source: Thompson Brook
Location: Pinkham’s Grant, NH
Directions: 1 1/2 miles south of Pinkham Notch Camp

Wildcat Ski area’s parking lot; at the far end of the trail’s loop, you’ll find the path to the falls. Stay on the east side of the brook when you cross the service road which leads to parking lot C. It’s an easy .7 mile trek to the falls. If you follow the path to the right on the first waterfall, across the ledges to the north side of the brook and continue on to a high ledge, you’ll discover fabulous views of Mt. Washington.

Thoreau Falls
Height: 80′
Water Source: Pemigewasset River
Location: Bethlehem, NH
Directions: Part of the Appalachian Trail. From Route 302, turn onto Zealand Road. Trail starts at end of road.

Waterville Cascade
Height: 130′
Water Source: Cascade Brook
Location: Waterville, NH
Directions: The 1.2 mile trail to the falls is near Snow’s Mountain ski lift in Waterville Valley.

Winneweta Falls
Height: 40′
Water Source: Miles Brook
Location: Jackson, NH
Directions: Located off Route 16 just north of Jackson Village. Park in the dirt turnoff, cross the Ellis River and walk across a meadow to find the marked trail.

Zealand Falls
Height: 25′
Water Source: Whitewall Brook
Location: Bethlehem, NH
Directions: Part of the Appalachian Trail. From Route 302, turn onto Zealand Road. Trail starts at the end of the road.

 

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Beede or Bearcamp Falls
Height: 20′
Water Source: Bearcamp River
Location: Sandwich, NHDirections: Three miles up Sandwich Notch Road from Center Sandwich
Beede Falls is a well known swimming hole, where the small falls pour over a flat rock to an area known as “Cow Cave.” It is especially nice after a heavy rainfall or during the spring, when the waters are thicker.

 

Champney and Pitcher Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Shannon Brook
Location: Albany, NH
Directions: 11-12 miles from Conway off the Kancamagus Highway. Pull into the parking area. Champney Falls Trail leads to both falls.

Champney Falls, part of the White Mountains National Forest in New Hampshire, is a set of cascades and waterfalls flowing down a popular trail.

Ellen’s Falls
Height: 25′
Water Source: Hobbs Brook
Location: Albany, NH
Directions: The falls are located approximately one mile up-stream from the Kancamagus Highway Bridge.

Fall of Song, Roaring Falls, Veil Falls, Whittier Falls
Height: 40′
Water Source: Shannon Brook
Location: Moultonborough, NH
Directions: Located in Ossipee Mountain Park which is part of Castle Springs in Moultonborough.

Lower Falls of the Swift River
Height: 10′
Water Source: Swift River
Location: Albany, NH
Directions: Located west of Conway just off the Kancamagus Highway.

Nice swimming hole at this location with several pools and smooth rocks.

Profile Falls
Height: 30′
Water Source: Smith River
Location: Bristol, NH
Directions: Off stretch of Route 3A between Hill and Bristol. Turn on to Smith Hill/Profile Falls Road. Park beside the road here and take the trail near the sign which will lead down a steep path, through a wooded area, and then down a very steep path to beautiful Profile Falls.
Profile Falls is part of Smith River, and like everything in this hidden spot, the falls evoke a feeling of times past. The water is flowing just right over the falls, you will see a human profile cut in the rock; thus the name Profile Falls.
Bring a picnic lunch and a camera, because this is a very scenic spot. With sandwiches, cold drinks, a blanket and a good book, there are few places more relaxing and peaceful than Profile Falls on a sunny summer or autumn day.

Rocky Gorge
Height: 12′
Water Source: Swift River
Location: Albany, NH

Directions: Located a couple miles from the Lower Falls on the Kancamagus Highway.
Also known as the Upper Falls of the Swift River. There is a footbridge over the gorge below the falls. A series of swimming pools surround the falls.

 

Sculptured Rock Falls
Height: 25′
Water Source: Cockermouth River
Location: Hebron, NH
Directions: Interstate 93 to Plymouth. Take Route 3A south into Hebron and drive five miles past the intersection of Route 25. Take a right on North Shore Road, drive 2.4 miles onto Groton Road. Drive about 1.7 miles on that road and fork left onto Sculptured Rocks Road. A parking area will be another mile or so up on the left.

Formed during the ice age, over 10,000 years ago, the Sculptured Rock Falls is a series of small cascades set against a deep gorge.

Welton Falls
Height: 25′
Water Source: Fowler River
Location: Alexandria, NH
Directions: Located off Welton Falls Road in Alexandria. Drive down the old town road on the left hand side just before the hill to find parking. Walk down this road and follow the trail diverging off to the left. This trail follows the brook for about 1/2 mile and leads to the falls.

 

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Acworth Gorge
Height: 60′
Water Source: Cold River
Location: Acworth, NH
Directions: The hills of northwest Acworth 

Cascading Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Pond Brook
Location: Wentworth, NH
Directions: Wentworth Village, Wentworth

A great family picnic spot in the village of Wentworth.

 

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Beaver Brook Falls
Height: 10′
Water Source: Beaver Brook
Location: Washington Street Extension – Keene, NH
A 26 acre preserve along Beaver Brook with a steep gorge and a waterfall.Directions: Right off Washington Street on to the Old Concord Road. Go immediately onto Washington Street Extension. The road ends in a metal gate. Park there and walk up.
The abandoned highway leads uphill at a gentle incline with steep hills rising 200 feet or so on either side. There are many views of Beaver Brook cascading down the gorge. About one-half mile up the road, rocky cliffs overlook the falls.

Old Reservoir Falls
Height: Unknown
Water Source: Old Wilton Reservoir
Location: Wilton, NH
Directions: Located just off the Isaac Frye Highway in Wilton. Park at the end of the dirt road just after the point where the road goes over the stream. Private property and clothing is optional at the swimming hole!

Pulpit Falls
Height: 12′
Water Source: Unknown
Location: Winchester, NH
Directions: Located at the top of Manning Hill in Winchester. Drive south on Route 10 and pull off on the right next to the road as you round the curve. The Trail starts on the other side of the road.

Purgatory Falls
Height: 30′
Water Source: Purgatory Brook
Location: Lyndeborough, NH Purgatory is the name of the ½ mile long rocky gorge that forms a boundary between the towns of Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough. Black Brook runs through the ravine, drops roughly 50’ to form the upper falls. Purgatory Brook is a headwater stream for the Souhegan River, and falls into the Souhegan Watershed.
Directions: From Mont Vernon on Route 13, go north on Francestown Turnpike for about 200 yards. Make a left on Beech Hill Road for 2.6 miles and make another left on Salisbury Road. At a T-intersection, make a left of Purgatory Falls Road and park at the end of the dirt road. Two trails meet here; both go to the falls.

 

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Tucker Brook Falls
Height: unknown
Water Source: Tucker Brook
Location: Tucker Brook Town Forest, MilfordDirections: From the Milford Oval, go West on Elm St, take immediate left onto Union Street, to Osgood Road. Take right onto Mason Road just past Osgood Pond. Go 2.9 mi., turn right onto Boulder Dr, the second time it meets Mason Road. Trail head is 0.1 mi on the left.
The Tucker Brook Town Forest is 285 acres of mostly forested, rolling terrain, and provides excellent hikes in all seasons. The Falls Loop (0.7 mi) passes Tucker Brook Falls, also the remains of human activity to harness the water power for milling lumber.

 

Seacoast

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