Long-Distance Waterfall Hikes


Screw Auger Falls, Gulf Hagas, Maine Race Brook Falls, Massachusetts Dry River Falls, Massachusetts

Here are some of the best long-distance waterfall hikes in New England. Most of these waterfalls are highly worthwhile destinations in their own right, but many will find them more enjoyable as part of a longer hike as shown below. The ratings reflected below represent the waterfall plus the overall experience of the entire hike.





MAINE
WATERFALL NAME
RATING
DISTANCE
NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
Grand Falls, Green Falls & Russell Pond 20 miles
round-trip
both of these falls are located deep within Baxter State Park; use Russell Pond backpacking site as a base camp to visit both waterfalls; start hike at Roaring Brook trailhead; advance reservations required and can be difficult to obtain
Gulf Hagas 8.6 mile
loop
excellent long day hike; many waterfalls and swimming holes along the way; moderate access fee is charged as this is located on private roads; make sure to bring a map (maps are usually available where you pay the access fee)
Katahdin Stream Falls & Katahdin 10.4 miles
round-trip
mileage includes hike up the mighty Katahdin; falls are only 1.6 miles one-way from Katahdin Stream Campground; Katahdin is extremely difficult and should be avoided in poor weather; located in Baxter State Park; day-use parking permit required (reserve online in advance)

MASSACHUSETTS
WATERFALL NAME
RATING
DISTANCE
NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
Race Brook Falls & Mt. Race and/or Mt. Everett 7.0 miles
round-trip
mileage includes hike up scenic Mt. Race and Mt. Everett; at least five noteworthy waterfalls and two summits with great views; backcountry camping available at Race Brook Campsites and nearby Laurel Ridge campsites

NEW HAMPSHIRE
WATERFALL NAME
RATING
DISTANCE
NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
Ammonoosuc Ravine & Mt. Monroe and/or Mt. Washington coming soon coming soon coming soon
Appalachia Waterfalls & Mt. Madison coming soon coming soon coming soon
Appalachia Waterfalls & Mt. Madison coming soon coming soon coming soon
Beaver Brook Cascades & Mt. Moosilauke 7.6 miles
round-trip
mileage includes hike up Mt. Moosilauke; very steep trail; cascades are 1100 feet tall in total; part of the Appalachian Trail; camp at Beaver Brook Shelter
Champney Falls & Mt. Chocorua coming soon coming soon coming soon
Crystal Cascade & Mt. Washington 8.4 mile
loop
mileage includes hike up Mt. Washington; extremely difficult; ascends famous Tuckerman Ravine Trail on Mt. Washington and descends the Lions Head Trail, both of which require good weather and proper gear (do not attempt before July unless you have extensive snow & ice experience); overnight accomodations available at the backcountry Hermit Lake shelters
Diana's Baths & North Moat Mountain coming soon coming soon coming soon
Dry River Falls 10.8 miles
round-trip
located within the Dry River Wilderness; several backcountry campsites are available if you want to camp
Emerald Pool & South Baldface and/or North Baldface coming soon coming soon coming soon
Falls on The Falling Waters Trail & Mt. Lincoln & Mt. Lafayette 8.9 mile
loop
mileage includes loop hike up Mt. Lafayette and Mt. Lincoln (the "Franconia Loop"; three waterfalls on this outstanding loop; bring proper clothing and ample food/water on this fantastic hike; lodging available at AMC Greenleaf Hut (advance reservations required)
Great Falls & Flat Mountain Pond 9.5 mile
semi-loop
hike past two sets of small but attractive falls and pools en route to the beautiful backcountry Flat Mountain Pond; overnight shelter and tentsites available near the shores of the pond; hike up via the Bennett Street Trail and return via Flat Mountain Pond Trail
Nancy Cascades & Nancy Pond and/or Norcross Pond coming soon coming soon coming soon
Rattle River Falls & Mt. Moriah coming soon coming soon coming soon
Thirteen Falls & Franconia Falls 16.8 miles
round-trip
camping offered at 13 Falls Campsite (fee charged by AMC caretaker); one of the most remote waterfalls in New England; a great first backpacking trip
Weetamoo Falls 11.5 miles
round-trip
on the Great Gulf Trail on the way up Mt. Washington; Sphinx Cascades are also nearby; very wild & remote
Zealand Falls & Zeacliff &/or Zealand Mountain coming soon coming soon coming soon
Zealand Falls & Thoreau Falls 10.0 miles
round-trip
family-friendly day-hike visits both of these waterfalls; lodging available at nearby AMC Zealand Falls Hut (advance reservations required); Zealand Falls is best seen in high water; scenic views from near the hut and also at Thoreau Falls

VERMONT
WATERFALL NAME
RATING
DISTANCE
NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
Hell Brook Cascades & Mt. Mansfield 4.1 mile
loop
mileage includes hiking up Mt. Mansfield; very difficult trail; short but challenging bushwhack required to view most of cascades, but some good portions are visible along the main trail; descend via the Long Trail; short road walk required at the end of the hike
Lye Brook Falls coming soon coming soon coming soon

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