Purgatory Falls
Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough, NH

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Purgatory Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Hillsborough County
TOWN: Mont Vernon and Lyndeborough
PARK: Purgatory Falls Conservation Area
TYPE: Cascades and a small plunge
HEIGHT: 25-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Purgatory Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.2 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate
HIKING TIME: 40 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: Up 75 feet, down 175 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 21, E-11 (unmarked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: No
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:

If you are in the area of Mont Vernon, jump on over to secluded Purgatory Falls, a short series of cascades traveling through a narrow gorge, accessible by horseback, mountain bike or by foot. No matter which means of transportation, expect to get a little muddy, as we always have when we visited. Several local residents informed us that for most of the months during the year the trail have giant muddy puddles that must either be traveled through or passed by. Every section is manageable if you take the time to scout the best way through or around these puddles.
          The total drop of the falls is short, about 25 feet, but worth the visit as many other waterfalls do not offer the seclusion that this one does. Although we have not visited any of the additional cascades downstream, they are rumored to be a nice bonus to this hike.


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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