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.
The trail to the falls begins directly in front of the parking lot. The trail is wide, well marked and traveled, and mostly flat. Just before the main falls, the trail splits. The left fork takes you close to one of the loveliest pools in the state and provides intimate views of the falls by way of a staircase. If you stay straight, you will stay on the Sabbaday Brook Trail, which is a designated handicap accessible path (although grades are a bit steep in spots).This will bring you to the top of the falls.
You will have no problems finding the waterfall on this simple, family-friendly trail. Visitors during the winter season can access the falls via cross-country ski or snowshoe, as the trail is flat and quite easy to travel on.
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 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:
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!