Located just feet off the Kancamagus Highway, Lower Falls is a legendary White Mountains National Forest attraction. This is the waterfall of the White Mountains that so many travelers will recall immensely enjoying during childhood. Hot summer weekends can bring thousands of visitors per day.
Although none of cascades are large or particularly powerful, it does not really matter; there are so many cascades and pools to swim and splash that make this place special. With simple and easy access you can understand why this waterfall may be just the most heavily visited in New England.
There are bathrooms, drinking water, and a covered picnic area with a grill—all to provide more enjoyment while visiting the falls. Lower Falls is definitely worth your attention, as it is photogenic, and historically, one of the most cherished falls of the White Mountains. Just down the road are additional beloved waterfalls: Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge and Champney Falls. Of all these Kancamagus Highway waterfalls, Lower Falls is the best for swimming. Make sure to bring your bathing suit!
From the parking lot, follow the river downstream 200 feet to the main cascades. For a complete view of the falls, considering walking alongside NH 112 a few hundred feet downstream of the parking area where you can take an unobstructed photograph of the entire formation. Be very careful doing so as the highway is very popular.
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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