Champney Falls
Albany, NH

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Champney Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Carroll County
TOWN: Albany
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Plunges, horsetails and cascades
HEIGHT: 70-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Champney Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.7 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate to the initial falls; moderate to top of falls
HIKING TIME: 1 hour, 30 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +600 feet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, K-6 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Parking Fee Charged
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

With waterfalls that are as well known such as Champney Falls is, finding historical information comes with ease. At the trailhead you will have the pleasure of reading an informative sign stating that these particular falls were named after Benjamin Champney, a famous White Mountains landscape painter during the second half of the 19th century. He romanticized many nearby waterfalls, including Glen Ellis Falls, Ripley Falls and Thompson Falls. Champney Falls is broken into several major sections. The first drop you approach is the lower falls and this is 10 feet wide with a 20-foot drop. Please note that this width does depend on the season and the earlier you visit in the springtime, the wider the falls will be. Above this plunge is an impressive 60-foot drop made up of a series of cascades, plunges and a 12-foot horsetail. Comparatively speaking, this waterfall is less rewarding than others considering the efforts needed to get there. Perhaps the best way to visit the falls is to enjoy them as a break on a day-trip up to the rocky and open summit of Mt. Chocorua.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Trail information for this particular waterfall is not posted online. Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.


DIRECTIONS:

Directions for this particular waterfall are not posted online. Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

Photo generously provided by Jeb Fisher.




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