Waterfalls near Lincoln, New Hampshire



The adjoining towns of Lincoln & North Woodstock make for a fantastic basecamp for exploring the western region of the White Mountain National Forest. Visitors come here for all sorts of reason - including the fact that there are dozens of waterfalls within close proximity of the town centers.

The waterfalls listed below are the best waterfalls that are close to the Lincoln & North Woodstock area of New Hampshire. Each of these falls is within a 30-minute drive of both towns.

Enjoy these Lincoln & Woodstock area waterfalls!





FALLS ON THE FALLING WATERS TRAIL
Rating:
Lincoln & Franconia, New Hampshire
Dry Brook
1.4 mile hike one-way (moderate/difficult)

You'll find three waterfalls on this exceptional trail: Stairs Falls, Swiftwater Falls, and Cloudland Falls. Access is via trailhead off I-93, north of Lincoln.

Cloudland Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Falling Waters Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FALLS ON THE BASIN-CASCADES TRAIL ("THE BASIN")
Rating:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Pemigewasset River, Cascade Brook
0.1 hike one-way to The Basin (easy); 1.1 mile hike one-way to Rocky Glen Falls (moderate/difficult)

There are several great waterfalls and cascades along the first 1.1 miles of the Basin-Cascades Trail. Access is via trailhead off I-93 north of Lincoln. There is a trailhead on both sides of the interstate.

The Basin, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FALLS ON THE FLUME-POOL LOOP ("THE FLUME")
Rating:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Flume Brook, Cascade Brook, and the Pemigewasset River
2.0 mile loop (moderate)

Visitors to "The Flume" (one of NH's most famous natural attractions) can see two great waterfalls on a 2.0 mile easy hiking loop: Avalanche Falls and Liberty Cascade.

Liberty Cascade, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Falls On The Flume-Pool Loop

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

GEORGIANA FALLS
Rating:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Harvard Brook
0.7 mile hike one-way to lower falls (easy/moderate); 1.3 mile hike one-way to the upper falls (moderate/difficult)

Georgiana Falls is the closest waterfall to downtown Lincoln. Feeling adventurous? More waterfalls lie upstream, but you'll have to find your way through the woods as the trail can be tough to follow.

Georgiana Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Georgiana Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

FRANCONIA FALLS
Rating:
Lincoln, New Hampshire
Franconia Brook
3.2 mile hike one-way (easy, but long)

One of the best swimming holes and natural waterslides in New England when the water level is low enough, Franconia Falls is not to be missed. Avoid when the water level is moderate or high.

Franconia Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Franconia Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

LOWER FALLS
Rating:
Albany, New Hampshire
Swift River
Roadside

Lower Falls is quite possibly the most famous swimming hole in New England. If you've driven the Kancamagus Highway between Conway and Lincoln (NH 112), you've almost certainly seen or even stopped at this waterfall before. You may even have memories of this place from your childhood as several generations of families often visit here.

Lower Falls, Albany, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Lower Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

SABBADAY FALLS
Rating:
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
Sabbaday Brook
0.3 mile hike one-way (easy)

A short and pleasant hike off the Kancamagus Highway brings you to gorgeous Sabbaday Falls, one of the premier waterfalls of the White Mountains. Set in a pretty gorge, this falls is very easy to reach and is quite family-friendly.

Sabbaday Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Sabbaday Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

ROCKY GORGE
Rating:
Albany, New Hampshire
Swift River
0.1 mile hike one-way (easy)

Rugged and scenic, Rocky Gorge is a quick and easy jaunt just minutes from more great waterfalls along the Kancamagus Highway. This site is handicap-accessible.

Rocky Gorge, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Rocky Gorge

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

BEAVER BROOK CASCADES
Rating:
Woodstock, New Hampshire
Beaver Brook
1.1 mile hike one-way (moderate/difficult)

The western slopes of Mt. Moosilauke pack a punch of numerous tall and dazzling waterfalls. This hike, which is actually along the Appalachian Trail, is one of the most challenging waterfall hikes in the eastern White Mountains.

Beaver Brook Cascades, Woodstock, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Beaver Brook Cascades

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

PARADISE FALLS
Rating:
Woodstock, New Hampshire
Lost River
0.8 mile loop (easy/moderate)

Visitors to the Lost River are greeted by this pretty waterfall as they scramble through the famous caves of this classic must-do destination.

Paradise Falls, Lost River, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Paradise Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

CHAMPNEY FALLS
Rating:
Albany, New Hampshire
Champney Brook
1.7 mile hike one-way (moderate)

Champney Falls is a seasonal set of falls on the northern slopes of Mt. Chocorua.You'll want to hike to these falls in spring or after heavy rains, otherwise you run the risk of seeing only a trickle of water.


(photo credit: Jeb Fisher)
FULL DESCRIPTION
Champney Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

HELPFUL LINKS

Here are some helpful links to help you explore and enjoy more waterfalls and swimming holes throughout New England:
  • Waterfalls near Boston, Massachusetts > link
  • Waterfalls near Great Barrington, Massachusetts > link
  • Waterfalls near Brattleboro, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Burlington, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Stowe, Vermont > link
  • Waterfalls near Lincoln, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls near Nashua, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls near North Conway, New Hampshire > link
  • Waterfalls along the Kancamagus Highway > link
  • Top 25 Waterfalls of the White Mountains > link
  • Top Swimming Holes of the White Mountains > link
GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU THERE

The following guidebooks will help you discover more waterfalls throughout the White Mountains region as well as the rest of New England:



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