This waterfall flows into a gorgeous, rocky-bottomed clear pool, great for soaking your tired feet. Due to its sunny southern exposure, this wading pool is one of the warmer swimming holes in New Hampshire. (Note: There are currently fallen trees in the way which will need to be crossed in order for you to swim).
The waterfall fans out for the last two or three feet of this 35-foot horsetail. It is in a wide-open area, although a large rock near its base prevents you from seeing the whole fall at one time. The waterfall scoops down around this rock, and ending with a final plunge onto a series of small rocks.
Gibbs Falls makes for a great early resting place on a day-trip hike up Crawford Path to Mt. Pierce, but it is also worthwhile on its own merit. It is a nice destination away from the nearby crowds of other waterfalls in Crawford Notch State Park as well.
The hike to the falls begins by following the Crawford Connector for 0.4 miles to a bridge over Gibbs Brook. You will find some unnamed cascades just upstream of the bridge, along with yellow-tined pools. This is a relaxing spot to take a break before you finish hiking to the main waterfall. There is also a diversion worth noting; right before the bridge is a path to Crawford Cliff, which provides great views.
When you are ready to continue to the falls, cross the bridge over the brook, walk a very short distance further, and take a left onto the Crawford Path. Follow the Crawford Path uphill (north) for 0.2 miles and there will be a short trail that descends to the falls. The falls can be seen and heard momentarily.
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, or you can email us and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting directions via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are looking for directions to.
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