The Best Waterfalls in New England



Although it would be nice to say that all waterfalls are equally beautiful, and that no waterfall deserves any more attention than another, the fact is there are always some favorites. Here is my opinionated list of the top 40 waterfalls in New England, listed in order of preference. Many factors have been considered in the rating for each waterfall, including its aesthetic value, water quality, swimming experience, natural surroundings, photographic potential, popularity, and seasonality.

Driving directions and trail information for nearly all of the waterfalls listed on this page can be found in great detail within the published guidebook: New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades and Waterfalls!

Each waterfall listed here has earned an overall rating of either or stars.

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#40

SCREW AUGER FALLS (GRAFTON NOTCH)
Grafton Township, Maine

Screw Auger Falls (Grafton), Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Screw Auger Falls (Grafton Notch)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#39

THIRTEEN FALLS
Franconia, New Hampshire

Thirteen Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Thirteen Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#38

BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Franconia, New Hampshire

Bridal Veil Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Bridal Veil Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#37

NANCY CASCADES
Livermore, New Hampshire

Nancy Cascades, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Nancy Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#36

KATAHDIN STREAM FALLS
T3 R10, Baxter State Park, Maine

Katahdin Stream Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Katahdin Stream Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Katahdin Stream Falls


#35

LYE BROOK FALLS
Manchester, Vermont

Lye Brook Falls, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Lye Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#34

DRY RIVER FALLS
Cutts Grant, New Hampshire

Dry River Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Dry River Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Dry River Falls


#33

GARFIELD FALLS
Pittsburg, New Hampshire

Garfield Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Garfield Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#32

RACE BROOK FALLS
Sheffield, Massachusetts

Race Brook Falls, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Race Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#31

BEAVER BROOK CASCADES
Beans Purchase, New Hampshire

Beaver Brook Cascades, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#30

HOUSTON BROOK FALLS
Pleasant Ridge, Maine

Houston Brook Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Houston Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#29

LITTLE HELLGATE FALLS
Clarksville, New Hampshire

Little Hellgate Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Little Hellgate Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Little Hellgate Falls


#28

CHAPMAN FALLS
East Haddam, Connecticut

Chapman Falls, Connecticut FULL DESCRIPTION
Chapman Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#27

HAMILTON FALLS
Jamaica, Vermont

Hamilton Falls, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Hamilton Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#26

ENDERS FALLS
Granby, Connecticut

Enders Falls, Connecticut FULL DESCRIPTION
Enders Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#25

AMMONOOSUC RAVINE
Sargents Purchase, New Hampshire

Ammonoosuc Ravine, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Ammonoosuc Ravine

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#24

BEAVER BROOK FALLS (COLEBROOK)
Colebrook, New Hampshire

Beaver Brook Falls (Colebrook), New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Falls (Colebrook)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#23

CAMPBELL FALLS
New Marlborough, Massachusetts

Campbell Falls, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Campbell Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#22

FALLS ON THE FLUME-POOL LOOP
Lincoln, New Hampshire

Liberty Gorge Cascade, Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#21

BINGHAM FALLS
Stowe, Vermont

Bingham Falls, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Bingham Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#20

SABBADAY FALLS
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Sabbaday Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Sabbaday Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#19

GRAND FALLS
T3 R4, Maine

Grand Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Grand Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Grand Falls


#18

SMALLS FALLS
Township E, Maine

Smalls Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Smalls Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#17

GULF HAGAS
Bowdoin College Grant East, Maine

Gulf Hagas, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Gulf Hagas

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#16

FALLS ON THE FALLING-WATERS TRAIL
Lincoln & Franconia, New Hampshire

Cloudland Falls, Falls On The Falling Waters Trail, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Falling-Waters Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#15

KENT FALLS
Kent, Connecticut

Kent Falls, Connecticut FULL DESCRIPTION
Kent Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#14

TANNERY FALLS
Savoy, Massachusetts

Tannery Falls, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Tannery Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#13

RIPLEY FALLS
Harts Location, New Hampshire

Ripley Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Ripley Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#12

SILVER CASCADE
Harts Location, New Hampshire

Silver Cascade, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Silver Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#11

FALLS OF LANA
Salisbury, Vermont

Falls of Lana, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls of Lana

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#10

MOSS GLEN FALLS (STOWE)
Stowe, Vermont

Moss Glen Falls, Stowe, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Moss Glen Falls (Stowe)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#9

CRYSTAL CASCADE
Pinkhams Grant, New Hampshire

Crystal Cascade, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Crystal Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#8

DUNN FALLS
Andover North Surplus, Maine

Dunn Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Dunn Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#7

GLEN ELLIS FALLS
Jackson, New Hampshire

Glen Ellis Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Glen Ellis Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#6

LITTLE WILSON FALLS-UPPER FALLS
Elliotsville Township, Maine

Little Wilson Falls-Upper Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Little Wilson Falls-Upper Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
Little Wilson Falls-Upper Falls


#5

BASH BISH FALLS
Mount Washington, Massachusetts

Bash Bish Falls, Massachusetts FULL DESCRIPTION
Bash Bish Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#4

MOSS GLEN FALLS (GRANVILLE)
Granville, Vermont

Moss Glen Falls, Granville, Vermont FULL DESCRIPTION
Moss Glen Falls (Granville)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#3

ANGEL FALLS
Township D, Maine

Angel Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Angel Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#2

MOXIE FALLS
Moxie Gore, Maine

Moxie Falls, Maine FULL DESCRIPTION
Moxie Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#1

ARETHUSA FALLS
Harts Location, New Hampshire

Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Arethusa Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

OTHER POTENTIALS

There are a few other waterfalls in New England with excellent reputations that I have not visited yet. There is a fair chance that some or all of these will eventually make the top 40 list above:
  • Cascade Ravine, New Hampshire
  • Davis Brook Falls, New Hampshire (4 distinct waterfalls)
  • Green Falls, Baxter State Park, Maine
  • Indian Stream Falls, Maine
  • Sylvan Cascade, New Hampshire
  • Thompson Brook Falls, Maine
GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE

The following published guidebooks are trusted resources to help you find many of the best swimming holes in New England. Click on any of the books to read reviews and/or to purchase them on Amazon.com.





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