Sabbaday Falls
Waterville Valley, NH

RATING: 5.0/5.0

Sabbaday Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Grafton County
TOWN: Waterville Valley
PARK: White Mountain National Forest
TYPE: Punchbowl and plunges
HEIGHT: 35-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Sabbaday Brook
TRAIL LENGTH: 0.3 mile
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Easy
HIKING TIME: 15 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: +100 feet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Year Round
SWIMMING: Not Possible and/or Prohibited
DELORME ATLAS: Page 44, K-4 (marked)
HANDICAP ACCESS: Yes (0.3 mile walk on hard dirt road; some difficult inclines involved, but there are no roots/rocks along path; may be challenging for some handicap visitors; Hurricane Irene may have damaged the path though, so visit this one at your own risk as the potential for terrain that is too difficult may exist)
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:

The main gorge at Sabbaday Falls was allegedly carved over 10,000 years ago by large volumes of water from the last melting glacier. This water carried with it sand, gravel and boulders, which eventually carved out the gorge. Set inside this gorge are two plunges and a gorgeous punchbowl at the top. The punchbowl, which is 5 feet in height, falls peacefully into a circular pool about 4 feet wide. Immediately after, Sabbaday Brook plunges about 22 feet. After landing, the waters of the brook turn right, and, immediately plunge another 8 feet. There are walking bridges and steps so everyone will be able to see all three parts of this fall. Also, be sure to check out the lower pool, which has exceptionally clear water. It is too bad swimming is prohibited here, as this pool would be a perfect place to relax! Since you are already in the area, you may want to check out nearby Champney Falls, a highly seasonal waterfall with good flow only during the early months of spring.


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:

This waterfall was severely affected by Hurricane Irene. The trail to the falls was closed in early September 2011 but re-opened on or before September 20th, 2011. I called the WMNF Ranger Station on 9/20/11 and confirmed that the falls are now open!




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