Although we would love to say that all waterfalls are equally beautiful, and that no waterfall deserves any more attention than another, the fact is we have some personal favorites. Here are our picks of the top 40 waterfalls in New England, 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 our 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.


#40
FALLS ON THE BASIN-CASCADES TRAIL
Lincoln, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#39
STEP FALLS
Newry, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Step Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#38

SCREW AUGER FALLS (GRAFTON NOTCH)
Grafton Township, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Screw Auger Falls (Grafton Notch)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#37

LYE BROOK FALLS
Manchester, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Lye Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#36

HOUSTON BROOK FALLS
Pleasant Ridge, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Houston Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#35

MOSHER HILL FALLS
Farmington, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Mosher Hill Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#34

BEAVER BROOK CASCADES
Beans Purchase, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#33

DIANA'S BATHS
Bartlett, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Diana's Baths

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#32

CHAPMAN FALLS
East Haddam, Connecticut

FULL DESCRIPTION
Chapman Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#31

EAGLE CASCADE
Beans Purchase, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Eagle Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#30

ENDERS FALLS
Granby, Connecticut

FULL DESCRIPTION
Enders Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#29

GARFIELD FALLS
Pittsburg, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Garfield Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#28

RACE BROOK FALLS
Sheffield, Massachusetts

FULL DESCRIPTION
Race Brook Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#27

OLD CITY FALLS
Strafford, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Old City Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#26

FALLS OF LANA
Salisbury, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls of Lana

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#25

HAMILTON FALLS
Jamaica, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Hamilton Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#24

BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
Franconia, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Bridal Veil Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#23

BEAVER BROOK FALLS (COLEBROOK)
Colebrook, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Falls (Colebrook)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#22

SMALLS FALLS
Township E, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Smalls Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#21

NANCY CASCADES
Livermore, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Nancy Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#20

GULF HAGAS
Bowdoin College Grant East, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Gulf Hagas

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#19

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

FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Falling-Waters Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#18

GIANT FALLS
Shelburne, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Giant Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#17

FALLS ON THE FLUME-POOL LOOP
Lincoln, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#16

SABBADAY FALLS
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Sabbaday Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#15

CAMPBELL FALLS
New Marlborough, Massachusetts

FULL DESCRIPTION
Campbell Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#14

SILVER CASCADE
Harts Location, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Silver Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#13

BINGHAM FALLS
Stowe, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Bingham Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#12

RIPLEY FALLS
Harts Location, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Ripley Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#11

MOSS GLEN FALLS (GRANVILLE)
Granville, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Moss Glen Falls (Granville)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#10

CRYSTAL CASCADE
Pinkhams Grant, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Crystal Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#9

ANGEL FALLS
Township D, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Angel Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#8

KENT FALLS
Kent, Connecticut

FULL DESCRIPTION
Kent Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#7

DUNN FALLS
Andover North Surplus, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Dunn Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#6

GLEN ELLIS FALLS
Jackson, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Glen Ellis Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#5

MOSS GLEN FALLS (STOWE)
Stowe, Vermont

FULL DESCRIPTION
Moss Glen Falls (Stowe)

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#4

TANNERY FALLS
Savoy, Massachusetts

FULL DESCRIPTION
Tannery Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#3

BASH BISH FALLS
Mount Washington, Massachusetts

FULL DESCRIPTION
Bash Bish Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#2

MOXIE FALLS
Moxie Gore, Maine

FULL DESCRIPTION
Moxie Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook


#1

ARETHUSA FALLS
Harts Location, New Hampshire

FULL DESCRIPTION
Arethusa Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE

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