New England Waterfalls

Top 25 WATERFALLS IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS



I am proud to present what I believe to be the finest 25 waterfalls in the White Mountains region of New Hampshire & Maine! This list was created after having personally visited over 150 waterfalls in the White Mountains as the various editions of the New England Waterfalls guidebook were written. A few of these waterfalls are a bit outside of the boundaries of the White Mountain National Forest, but they are close enough (and impressive enough) that I felt their inclusion was necessary.

Take note that this list does not include off-trail waterfalls that require a bushwhack. There are several that would perhaps be worthy of inclusion here, but are far too dangerous for the average person to attempt to visit (Davis Brook Falls in New Hampshire comes to mind).

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ALPINECASCADES
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH local roads in Berlin this seasonal but stunning falls is popular with ATV-ers

Alpine Cascades, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Alpine Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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AMMONOOSUC RAVINE
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH Base Road off US 302 this is a towering set of falls on the slopes of Mt. Washington; access is via a spur trail off the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail

Ammonoosuc Ravine, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Ammonoosuc Ravine

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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ARETHUSA FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH spur road off US 302 / Crawford Notch Arethusa Falls is perhaps New England's finest waterfall; 160-feet total; requires a 3.2 mile round-trip hike

Arethusa Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Arethusa Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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AVALANCHE FALLS / THE FLUME
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH US-3 / Franconia Notch hiking through the Flume is a fun family-friendly NH tradition; expensive access fee, but worth it

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

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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BASIN, THE / FALLS ON THE BASIN-CASCADES TRAIL
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH I-93 / Franconia Notch you'll see several waterfalls in and around "The Basin"

Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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BEAVER BROOK CASCADES
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 series of mipressive cascades on the western slopes of Mt. Moosilauke

Beaver Brook Cascades, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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BEAVER BROOK FALLS-COLEBROOK
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 145 beautiful roadside falls seen from a rest area just north of the White Mountains

Beaver Brook Falls, Colebrook, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Falls-Colebrook

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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BEEDE FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH Sandwich Notch Road family-friendly falls and pool in the southern White Mountains region

Beede Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beede Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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BRIDAL VEIL FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH Coppermine Road / NH 116 elegant waterfall on the backside of Cannon Mountain; lovely day hike

Bridal Veil Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Bridal Veil Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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CLOUDLAND FALLS / FALLS ON THE FALLING WATERS TRAIL
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH I-93 / Franconia Notch towering and fanning waterfall in Franconia Notch

Falls on the Falling Waters Trail, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Falling Waters Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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CRYSTAL CASCADE
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 16 / Pinkham Notch beautiful and powerful waterfall on the western slopes of Mt. Washington

Crystal Cascade, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Crystal Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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DIANA'S BATHS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH West Side Road / NH 16 fun series of falls, pools and potholes near North Conway; very popular and limited parking

Diana's Baths, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Diana's Baths

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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DRY RIVER FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH US 302 / Crawford Notch wild and remote falls found deep in the Presidential Range-Dry River Wilderness

Dry River Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Dry River Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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FALL OF SONG / CASTLE IN THE CLOUDS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 171 one of several noteworthy waterfalls within the Castle in the Clouds property

Fall of Song, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Fall of Song

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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FRANCONIA FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway series of falls, swimming holes and natural waterslides (when the water levels are low enough to be safe)

Franconia Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Franconia Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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GARFIELD FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH dirt roads off US-3 rugged falls found a bit north of the White Mountains

Garfield Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Garfield Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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GIANT FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH North Road off US-2 huge series of seasonal falls off the Peabody Brook Trail

Giant Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Giant Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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GLEN ELLIS FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 16 / Pinkham Notch one of the prettiest waterfalls in New England, if not THE prettiest

Glen Ellis Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Glen Ellis Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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LITTLE HELLGATE FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH dirt roads near Pittsburg extremely remote fanning falls found deep within logging lands

Little Hellgate Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Little Hellgate Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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NANCY CASCADES
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH US 302 series of several impressive falls along the Nancy Pond Trail

Nancy Cascades, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Nancy Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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RIPLEY FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH US 302 / Crawford Notch beautiful sliding falls in Crawford Notch State Park

Ripley Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Ripley Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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SABBADAY FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway one of several easily-accessible falls along the Kancamagus Highway; rugged gorge and several tiers of falls

Sabbaday Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Sabbaday Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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SILVER CASCADE
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH US 302 / Crawford Notch 250+ feet falls that are completely visible from roadside

Silver Cascade, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Silver Cascade

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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THIRTEEN FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway New England's finest series of backcountry swimming holes

Thirteen Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Thirteen Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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THOMPSON FALLS-PINKHAMS GRANT
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 16 / Pinkham Notch series of several interesting falls near Wildcat Mountain

Thompson Falls, Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Thompson Falls-Pinkhams Grant

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
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GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU TO WATERFALLS

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





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