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|| New Hampshire
||White Mountain National Forest
||Cascades and slides
||30-foot total drop
|BEST TIME TO VISIT:
||May to October
||Page 43, G-14 (marked)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
|COST TO VISIT:
||Parking Fee Charged
Franconia Falls is located at the end of one of the flattest long-distance strolls in the White Mountains. In just over three miles, you will gain a mere 300 feet of altitude, with no real noticeable ?ups? or ?downs? to speak of. For comparison, consider nearby Beaver Brook Cascades, which gains 1200 feet of altitude in only 1.1 miles, or the waterfalls along the Falling Waters Trail, which gains 1000 feet in 1.3 miles. The lack of elevation gain is the big reason why Franconia Falls is a favorite hike for families. Another reason is that the falls can be easily accessed year-round by foot, mountain bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski.
Franconia Falls lacks any single waterfalls of striking natural elegance or style. It makes up for this deficiency with sunny slabs of rock, swimming pools that widely vary in size, depth and current, and the possibilities of roving around the falls for hours of refreshing pleasure.
There are several good waterslides here when the water is running low enough. The best slide in the house is near the base of the most significant falls. Roughly 20 feet long, but not continuous, this slide will propel you into a 5-foot deep pool. Before we began writing in our waterfall journals, we felt the urge to chute down the slide first ourselves!
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 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.
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