During the summer, the small town of Jackson attracts hundreds of visitors to its swimming holes at Jackson Falls. Early run off in the spring-time offers impressive masses of water crashing over endless boulders and rock ledges. Although Jackson Falls lacks any magnificent drops, it does contain many cascades, slides, and plunges of differing sizes. When viewing Jackson Falls from below, you are likely to have the best photo-opportunity, but beware that your photos are most likely going to have some people lounging on the rocks above.
For generations, this special place has been a favorite picnic place. Families often let their children roam free in the chilly waters and splash in the various pools and potholes for hours. It does not matter if its springtime, summer, or fall, Jackson Falls always has more than a few content visitors.
If you want a part of Jackson Falls to enjoy to yourself, try the lower half of the falls by walking up the path that starts across from The Wentworth Hotel. The crowds are much thinner here, and there are several large plunges that usually photograph well. Pay close attention to your personal safety in this area, as the current is stronger and the drops are larger on these lower falls. Always play it safe when scrambling around such places.
Access to the lower falls has recently changed. To reach the lower falls, follow a public way upstream directly alongside the river that begins across from the Wentworth Hotel. The falls will be easily reached in 0.1 mile. It is no longer safely possible to get to the upper falls from this point. To view the middle and upper falls, you must walk back to the road and either drive or walk 0.3 mile up Carter Notch Rd. The middle and upper falls are clearly visible from the road.
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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