The Most Scenic Waterfalls In New Hampshire

1. Arethusa Falls

Town: Hart’s Location

County: Carroll

Arethusa Falls is a popular spot that both locals and tourists visit during the summer months. Two small waterfalls and a swimming hole can also be found about a mile downstream from the central falls.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are located on Arethusa Falls Road in Harts Location, NH. Arethusa Falls Road leaves the west side of Rt. 302 14.5 miles from its junction with Rt. 3. The road is well marked. There are two parking lots to park in, and the trail begins at the upper parking area.


2. Glen Ellis Falls

Town: Jackson

County: Carroll

This popular tourist attraction requires a short, leisurely walk along a well-maintained path to reach the falls that plunge into an emerald green-colored pool.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are located Rt. 16 in Pinkham Grant, NH, roughly 0.8 miles south of Wildcat Mountain Ski Area. The parking lot is on the west side of the road. 


3. Sabbaday Falls

Town: Waterville Valley

County: Grafton

A short and leisurely walk will bring you to the two impressive falls of Sabbaday Falls located in Waterville Valley.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are located on the Kancamagus Highway in Waterville Valley, NH, 19.9 miles from Rt. 93. The parking area is on the south side of the road.


4. Ripley Falls

Town: Bartlett

County: Carroll

Ripley Falls is a towering and majestic waterfall located in Crawford Notch within the White Mountain National Forest.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are on Willey House Station Road in Harts Location, NH. The parking area is 0.3 miles up the road. Willey House Station Road is marked with a sign for Ripley Falls.


5. Garfield Falls

Town: Pittsburg

County: Coos

Located in Northern New Hampshire, you will find the 35-foot tall Garfield Falls dropping into a scenic gorge. Smaller cascades and rapids continue downstream, making it a prime swimming spot during the summer months.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are located on Magalloway Road in Pittsburg, NH. Drive 1.2 miles and continue straight after passing a bridge over the Connecticut River. In 1.7 miles, turn left onto Magalloway Road and continue for 2.4 miles. In 4.3 miles, turn right and continue for 1.1 miles on Garfield Falls Road. Drive for 1.3 miles until you reach a small parking area.


6. Nancy Cascades

Town: Livermore

County: Grafton

Nancy Cascades is one of New England’s tallest waterfalls. A rust-colored pool below the 45-foot fanning horsetail is the lowest segment of the falls, feeding Nancy Brook.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are located on Rt. 302 in Hart’s Location, NH, with a dirt parking lot with a sign on the road’s west side.


7. Bridal Veil Falls

Town: Franconia

County: Grafton

Bridal Veil Falls’ main attraction is the 35-foot tall plunge with water that flows into a shallow pool over a flat, polished granite below.

Directions: Trailhead and parking area are on Coppermine Road in Franconia, NH. Coppermine Road is located on the west side of Rt. 116, 3.4 miles south of Rt. 118 and 7.7 miles north of Rt. 112. Park in the marked parking lot.


8. Thompson Falls

Town: Pinkham’s Grant

County: Coos

Thompson Falls is a lesser-known gem that consists of a sequence of cascades along Thompson Brook, a stream that flows down the west side of Wildcat Mountain in the White Mountain National Forest.

Directions:

Trailhead and parking area are located on Rt. 16 in Pinkham Grant, NH. Parking is located at Wildcat Mountain Ski Area, 9.9 miles north of the northern junction of Rt. 16.


9. Fall of Song

Town: Moultonborough

County: Carroll

The famous mountaintop estate known as Castle in the Clouds offers numerous excellent points to visit, including the stunning Fall of Song. The 40-foot plunge drops into Shannon Brook at the end of a boardwalk trail.

Directions: 

Trailhead and parking area are on Ossipee Park Road in Moultonborough, NH. Drive 1.5 miles up Ossipee Park Road. Parking is available at a small lot on the right side of the street.

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