Rocky Gorge
Albany, NH

RATING: 3.5/5.0

Rocky Gorge
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Carroll County
TOWN: Albany
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Cascades
HEIGHT: 15-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Swift River
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.1 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 5 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: None
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, J&K-7 (marked as “Rocky Gorge Scenic Area”)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes (0.1 mile walk on a partially paved path; Hurricane Irene heavily damaged the original paved path in 2011; a short dirt path now bypasses the damaged pavement, but it is prone to heavy mud, so visit this one at your own risk)
INCLUDED IN BOOK: Yes (Included in 2nd Edition of book as a full chapter)
DOGS ALLOWED: Yes
COST TO VISIT: Parking Fee Charged
ALTERNATE NAMES: None Noted

THE FALLS:

Along with nearby Lower Falls, Champney Falls and Sabbaday Falls, Rocky Gorge is a popular warm weather attraction for visitors traveling the Kancamagus Highway. Similar to these other admired waterfalls, Rocky Gorge can be teeming with shutterbugs, swimmers, and other visitors. Despite the crowds, this 15-foot plunge is absolutely worthy of your attention since it is a highly photogenic waterfall set on an open, sunny river. A bridge has been constructed near the falls to give you one of the better possible perspectives. You do not need the bridge to see the falls though; the river is easy to navigate around. You will notice signs near the gorge prohibiting swimming. Although swimming in the gorge is prohibited, you may swim both upstream and downstream. The river does have a rather fast current along its entire length, but there are many rock obstacles that create dormant pools that are perfect for a quick dip. As you walk along the trail to view the falls you will read a story as to why swimming is prohibited at Rocky Gorge. In 1942 Dorothy Sparks went for a swim only to get sucked into the currents and lodged under the rocks beneath the surface. During the three-hour rescue, all thought she was lost, but miraculously she survived. The falls have been off limits to swimming ever since this event. There are also picnic tables and bathroom facilities here as well, making the area quite visitor friendly.


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, 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:

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 (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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