Welton Falls
Alexandria, NH

RATING: 4.0/5.0

Welton Falls
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STATE: New Hampshire
COUNTY: Grafton County
TOWN: Alexandria
PARK: Welton Falls State Forest
TYPE: Plunges
HEIGHT: 30-foot total drop
WATER SOURCE: Fowler River
TRAIL LENGTH: 1.2 miles
TRAIL DIFFICULTY: Moderate
HIKING TIME: 40 minutes
ALTITUDE GAIN: Down 300 feet, up 100 feet
WHEN TO VISIT: May to October
SWIMMING: Good
DELORME ATLAS: Page 38, K-7 (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:

The AMC Cardigan Lodge serves as a trailhead for both the summit of Mt. Cardigan and a delightful package of waterfalls of different shapes and sizes, ranging from a staircase of cascades to a 15-foot tall plunge surrounded by cliff walls on all sides (the lower half of Welton Falls, to be specific). Above the 15-foot plunge, the upper half of Welton Falls consists of an 8-foot tall cascade, hidden from most vantage points around the falls by the boulder-strewn river.
         The Fowler River offers swimming for nearly the entire section of the Manning Trail that parallels the brook. There are shallow pools scattered just about everywhere, and a few deep pools below the falls. Always take caution when entering any swimming hole. Slippery rocks and strong currents have been merciless before and will likely be again. The best opportunity for swimming would be directly below the main plunge at Welton Falls; unfortunately, we scanned the area and could not determine a feasible route out of the pool. Also we encourage you to stroll up to the top of the main falls, where you will find an overhanging ledge with safety rails.
         There lies another waterfall within a moderate hiking distance of the AMC Cardigan Lodge. Elizabeth Falls, a waterfall rumored to be 40-feet tall, is allegedly found by bushwhacking a short distance off the Holt Trail towards Bailey Brook. Sources indicate that the falls lie somewhere between 1.0-1.5 miles from the lodge. Although we were unable to locate this waterfall on our sole attempt, we are certain of its existence.


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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