Jackson Falls
Jackson, NH

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Jackson Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Carroll County
TOWN: Jackson
PARK: N/A
TYPE: Cascades and small plunges
HEIGHT: Approximately 100-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Wildcat Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.1 mile to lower falls; upper falls are roadside
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes to lower falls; none to upper falls
ALTITUDE GAIN: Negligible
WHEN TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Good
DELORME ATLAS: Page 45, E-9 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes (partially visible from roadside)
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Free
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

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.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

Please see trail information in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) and we will happily provide them to you. When requesting information via email, please remember to specify which particular waterfall(s) you are interested in.


DIRECTIONS:

Please see directions in our published guidebook, New England Waterfalls: A Guide to More Than 400 Cascades And Waterfalls, or you can email us (gparsons66@hotmail.com) 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.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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