BACKPACKING NEW ENGLAND'S WATERFALLS

shelter near Falls on Pecks Brook, Massachusetts Zealand Falls Hut above Zealand Falls, New Hampshire Coppermine Shelter, New Hampshire

Looking to take a backpacking trip in New England that includes staying near a waterfall? I've put together a comprehensive list of all known waterfalls that you can backpack to. If you know of any other waterfalls that you can backpack to, please let me know!

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MASSACHUSETTS



Here is a list of all known backpacking opportunities near waterfalls in Massachusetts.

STATE WATERFALL PARK / LOCATION TYPE NOTES / DESCRIPTION
MA Bear Rock Falls Laurel Ridge Campsites Tentsites backpack-in campsites along on the Appalachian Trail in the southwestern corner of the state; designated campsites (some sites are on tent pads) are just south of the falls; easiest access is via trail from East Road and then turn north onto Appalachian Trail
MA Deer Hill Falls Sperry Rd. Backpacking Campground Tentsites backpack-in campsites in Mt. Greylock State Reservation; falls are 0.5 mile away from campsite; easy walk along old road to backpacking sites (former car campground); combine with nearby March Cataract Falls; trailhead is found on main park road
MA Falls on Pecks Brook Pecks Brook Shelter Lean-to &Tentsites lean-to (free; first-come, first-served) on eastern slopes of Mt. Greylock State Reservation; the lowest and most impressive of falls require a difficult scramble to reach
MA March Cataract Falls Sperry Rd. Backpacking Campground Tentsites backpack-in campsites within Mt. Greylock State Reservation; the falls are 0.8 mile away from the campsites; to reach the backpacking sites, you'll walk along Sperry Road, which is now closed to traffic; combine your trip to these falls with a trip to nearby Deer Hill Falls; the trailhead is located on the main park road, across from the entrance to Sperry Road
MA Money Brook Falls Wilbur Clearing Lean-to Lean-to backpack-in lean-to site (free; first-come, first-served) within Mt. Greylock State Reservation; the lean-to is about 0.5 mile away from falls; trailhead is located on the main park road
MA Race Brook Falls Race Brook Campsites Tentsites access to these five waterfalls is via the Race Brook Trail from MA 41; the tentsites are found above the uppermost of the five falls; if you have the time and energy, consider hiking up to the fine views from open ledges on Mt. Race
MA Royalston Falls Royalston Falls Shelter Shelter this shelter (free; first-come, first-served) sleeps 12 and is found 0.3 miles north of Royalston Falls along the yellow-blazed Tully Trail; you must keep fires within the designated fire pit in front of the shelter
MA Sages Ravine (Upper Falls) Sages Ravine Campsites Tentsites backpack-in campsites along the Appalachian Trail in southwestern corner of the state; easiest access is via trail from East Road and then you must turn north onto Appalachian Trail

MAINE



Here is a list of all known backpacking opportunities near waterfalls in Maine.

STATE WATERFALL PARK / LOCATION TYPE NOTES / DESCRIPTION
ME Cooper Brook Falls Cooper Brook Falls Lean-to Lean-to & Tentsites backpacking sites on the Appalachian Trail between the East Branch and Potaywadjo Spring lean-tos
ME Grand Falls Maine Huts & Trail's Grand Falls Hut Hut this is a relatively new hut on the ever-expanding Maine Huts & Trails trail system; falls are a moderate hike away from the hut; reservations to stay in the hut are required
ME Logan Brook Falls Logan Brook Lean-to Lean-to &Tentsites backpacking site on the Appalachian Trail between the Carl A. Newman and East Branch lean-tos
ME Poplar Stream Falls Maine Huts & Trail's Poplar Stream Falls Hut Hut reservations are required to stay at this hut; full meals are served; the falls are 0.3 mile away from the hut; the hut is heated in winter

NEW HAMPSHIRE



Here is a list of all known backpacking opportunities near waterfalls in New Hampshire.

STATE WATERFALL PARK / LOCATION TYPE NOTES / DESCRIPTION
NH Ammonoosuc Ravine AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut Hut the AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut is located a few miles above the falls; be prepared for a steep and challenging trail; also be prepared for poor weather as you near the hut; the hut can be used as base to climb Mt. Monroe and/or Mt. Washington; advance reservations are required
NH Appalachia Waterfalls AMC Madison Spring Hut Hut several waterfalls can be visited along the way up to, or down from, the hut, including: Duck Fall, Tama Fall, Salmacis Fall, Salroc Falls, and Gordon Fall; many of the waterfalls of Appalachia are directly visible from the Brookside Trail
NH Appalachia Waterfalls RMC properties (Crag Camp, Gray Knob, Log Cabin & The Perch) Lean-to, cabin, and/or hut several different waterfalls are en route to the Randolph Mountain Club's backcountry lodges and lean-tos depending on which one you visit, including: Spur Brook Falls, Chandler Falls, Cascade Ravine, Cold Brook Falls, Mossy Falls
NH Beaver Brook Cascades Beaver Brook Shelter Lean-to &Tentsites backpacking site on the Appalachian Trail on the shoulder of Mt. Moosilauke; 1.5 miles from NH 112; lean-to plus 2 tent platforms are available
NH Bridal Veil Falls Coppermine Shelter Lean-to &Tentsites lean-to shelter on the Coppermine Trail; the falls are an easy 0.2 mile away; there are a few unofficial overflow tentsites here as well
NH Dry River Falls Dry River Trail Lean-to &Tentsites several backpacking sites deep in Dry River Wilderness between 3.0-5.2 miles from US 302; there is also a lean-to about 0.9 mile above the falls, but at some point it will be removed from the wilderness area
NH Eliza Brook Cascades Eliza Brook Shelter Lean-to &Tentsites backpack-in campsites on the Appalachian Trail along the Kinsman Ridge Trail; a lean-to shelter sleeps 8 plus there are several tent sites; easiest access is via the Reel Brook Trail from NH 116
NH Rattle River Falls Rattle River Shelter Lean-to &Tentsites backpacking sites on the Appalachian Trail; lean-to plus several tent sites; access is via US 2; the swimming hole is only a few hundred feet from the lean-to
NH Thirteen Falls 13 Falls Tentsite Tentsites these popular backpacking sites are managed by the AMC (and so a per person fee is charged); 8.0 mile hike one-way; 9 tent sites; all five sets of falls here are within 0.3 mile of the campsites; make sure to visit Franconia Falls en route (adds 0.4 mile each-way); visit in summer during warm weather so you can enjoy the swimming holes
NH Zealand Falls AMC Zealand Falls Hut Hut backpacking hut; the falls are located a few hundred feet below the hut; the falls are seasonal and are thus best seen in high water (typically April-June)

PHOTOGRAPHS



AMC Zealand Falls Hut lies only a few hundred feet above Zealand Falls (New Hampshire)
AMC Zealand Falls Hut lies only a few hundred feet above Zealand Falls (New Hampshire)

first-come, first-served shelter near Falls on Pecks Brook, Mt. Greylock State Reservation (Massachusetts)
first-come, first-served shelter near Falls on Pecks Brook, Mt. Greylock State Reservation (Massachusetts)

The AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut sits a few miles above the waterfalls of Ammonoosuc Ravine (New Hampshire)
The AMC Lakes of the Clouds Hut sits a few miles above the waterfalls of Ammonoosuc Ravine (New Hampshire)

the first-come, first-served Coppermine Shelter that sits 0.2 mile below Bridal Veil Falls (New Hampshire)
the first-come, first-served Coppermine Shelter that sits 0.2 mile below Bridal Veil Falls (New Hampshire)

one of the tent platforms at Thirteen Falls (New Hampshire)
one of the tent platforms at Thirteen Falls (New Hampshire)

the Royalston Falls shelter, which sits 0.3 miles north of Royalston Falls along the Tully Trail (Massachusetts)
the Royalston Falls shelter, which sits 0.3 miles north of Royalston Falls along the Tully Trail (Massachusetts)

BACKPACKING IN NEW ENGLAND



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Here is a comprehensive backpacking checklist to help you prepare for a safe & fun trip. I have spent many hours compiling this checklist, so hopefully you will find it helpful.

GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE



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