WATERFALLS OF THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY



The Kancamagus Highway (NH 112) in New Hampshire is perhaps New England's finest scenic drive. This fully-paved road winds its way through one of the premier areas of the White Mountain National Forest for about 35 miles, connecting I-93 in Lincoln to NH 16 in Conway. Along this route are scenic vistas, numerous trailheads to backcountry ponds and 4000-foot mountain summits, and several excellent waterfalls and swimming holes.

This page focuses on all of the waterfalls and swimming holes found on the Kancamagus Highway. All distances listed below assume you are driving east from I-93/Lincoln to NH 16/Conway.





MILE 5.3: FRANCONIA FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway an easily but long 6.4 mile round-trip hike will lead you to a series of waterfalls, swimming holes and natural waterslides; parking is at the Lincoln Woods trailhead; do not swim here when water levels are running strong/high; bring cash to pay parking fee

Franconia Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Franconia Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

MILE 5.3: THIRTEEN FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway reaching the five waterfalls found at Thirteen Falls requires a 18.0 mile round-trip hike, so this typically done as a backpacking trip to the tensites that are located nearby; features some of the finest backcountry swimming holes anywhere in New England; parking is at the Lincoln Woods trailhead; bring cash to pay parking fee

Thirteen Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Thirteen Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

MILE 19.8: SABBADAY FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway 0.6 mile relatively easy round-trip walk to a waterfall with three beautiful drops; parking area is well-marked; bring cash to pay parking fee

Sabbaday Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Sabbaday Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

MILE 24.8: CHAMPNEY FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway 3.4 mile round-trip hike to scenic waterfall on the slopes of Mt. Chocorua; only visit after heavy rains or during spring snowmelt; trail beings at the well-marked and paved Champney Falls Trail trailhead; bring cash to pay parking fee

Champney Falls, New Hampshire
(photo credit: Jeb Fisher)
FULL DESCRIPTION
Champney Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

MILE 26.4: ROCKY GORGE
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway scenic waterfall that drops into a rugged canyon; easy and short 0.1 mile walk from the paved parking area; trail begins at the well-marked Rocky Gorge trailhead; bring cash to pay parking fee

Rocky Gorge, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Rocky Gorge

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook

MILE 30.2: LOWER FALLS
STATE TRAILHEAD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS
NH NH 112 / Kancamagus Highway one of the premier swimming holes of the Northeast; near roadside; the paved parking area is well-marked; can be extremely crowded on warm or hot summer weekends; bring cash to pay parking fee

Lower Falls, New Hampshire FULL DESCRIPTION
Lower Falls

DIRECTIONS / TRAIL INFO
New England Waterfalls guidebook



OTHER NEARBY WATERFALLS

In addition to the waterfalls accessible from the Kancamagus Highway, there are more waterfalls close to both ends of the highway:
  • CONWAY / NORTH CONWAY / JACKSON AREA
    • Diana's Baths = link
    • Jackson Falls = link
    • Glen Ellis Falls = link
    • Winniweta Falls = link
  • LINCOLN / WOODSTOCK / FRANCONIA AREA
    • Georgiana Falls = link
    • Beaver Brook Cascades = link
    • Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop / The Flume = link
    • Falls on the Falling Waters Trail = link
    • Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail / The Basin = link
    • Agassiz Basin = link
    • Paradise Falls / The Lost River = link
Diana's Baths, North Conway
Diana's Baths, North Conway

Glen Ellis Falls, Jackson, New Hampshire
Glen Ellis Falls, Jackson

Liberty Cascade, The Flume, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Liberty Cascade, The Flume, Lincoln

Agassiz Basin, Woodstock, New Hampshire
Agassiz Basin, Woodstock

The Basin, Lincoln, New Hampshire
The Basin, Lincoln

OTHER TRAVEL LISTS BY NEWENGLANDWATERFALLS.COM

Here are more travel lists to help you enjoy more of the awesome scenery of New England:
  • Natural Waterslides in New England = link
  • Top Waterfalls in New England = link
  • Top 10 Hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire = link
  • Top 25 Hikes in New Hampshire = link
  • Top 25 Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Easy Day Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Loop Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Family-Friendly Hikes in New England = link
  • Top 25 Waterfalls in the White Mountains = link
  • Top Rock Scrambles in New England = link
  • Hiking New Hampshire's 4000-Footers = link
  • Hiking New Hampshire's 52 Peaks With A View List = link
  • Hiking the North Shore of Massachusetts / North of Boston = link
  • Hiking North Conway = link
GUIDEBOOKS TO GET YOU TO WATERFALLS

The following published guidebooks are trusted resources to help you find many of the best waterfalls in the White Mountains. Click on any of the books to read reviews and/or to purchase them on Amazon.com.





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