Ripley Falls
Harts Location, NH

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Ripley Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Carroll County
TOWN: Harts Location
PARK: Crawford Notch State Park
TYPE: Horsetail and slides
HEIGHT: 100-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Avalanche Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.6 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy side of moderate
HIKING TIME: 25 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +400 feet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, E-4 (marked)
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:

Crawford Notch State Park is rich with noteworthy waterfalls. Towards the north end of the park are Gibbs Falls, Beecher and Pearl Cascades, and the sisters Flume Cascade and Silver Cascade. For the southern half of the state park, you will find popular day-trip destinations of Arethusa Falls and Ripley Falls, the later being discussed here. Ripley Falls is a beautiful 100-foot sheet of whitewater flowing over a smooth rock wall. The rock wall is at about a 60-degree angle, causing the rushing mountain water to maintain contact with the rock during most of its descent. For the best photograph, scramble a few feet downstream and add some scale to your cameras frame, such as a person or rock in the foreground. There are only short, temporary periods where the water jumps away from the rock wall. Because of this, Ripley Falls, as an entire structure, is one of the steepest-angled slides in all of New England.


TRAIL INFORMATION:

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:

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.


SPECIAL NOTES / UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION:

None.




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