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|| New Hampshire
||White Mountain National Forest
||Horsetails and cascades
||Approximately 300-foot total drop
||To lower falls, 2.4 miles; to upper falls, 2.8 miles
||Moderate side of difficult
||+1700 feet to upper falls
|BEST TIME TO VISIT:
||May to October
||Not Possible and/or Prohibited
||Page 44, G-4 (marked as ?Nancy Brook?)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
|COST TO VISIT:
The sum of the height of the cascades that adorn Nancy Brook is estimated at 300 feet, making Nancy Cascades undeniably one of the tallest in New England. Nancy Brook is fed by the waters of Nancy Pond. Both the cascades and the pond have been held in high regard for over a century, and rightfully so.
A rust colored pool below the 45-foot fanning horsetail marks the lowest segment of the cascades. The waters of Nancy Brook cascade down gray gneiss bedrock before hopping over a ledge, causing the water to plunge the remaining distance into the pool below. By the time you reach the lower falls, at mile 2.4 on the trail, you may be tired of the continuous climbing effort already demanded of you. For that reason, the spectacular lower falls are a rewarding relief.
Above the main falls are hundreds of feet of chutes, slides, horsetails and small plunges equally as stunning and charming as the bottom falls. About 0.7 mile above the uppermost falls, Nancy Pond, also accessed by same trail, is a remote, peaceful body of water just southeast of Mt. Nancy.
The brook, pond, falls, and a nearby mountain are named after a passionate servant woman, known only as ?Nancy?, who entered Crawford Notch during a White Mountain winter, trying to reach the camp where her lost fianc?e was. Failing to catch up with her lover, who left Nancy without saying goodbye to go on a trip (why he left is not known), Nancy crossed the Saco River and quickly become exhausted by the chilly waters, and was found dead from hypothermia the next day.
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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