Waterfall Superlatives



Here is a guide to the best-of-the-best waterfalls in New England in a wide variety of categories.





FAVORITE WATERFALLS OF THE NORTH CONWAY, NH AREA

Diana's Baths, NH
Lower Falls, NH
Sabbaday Falls, NH
Thompson Falls, NH
Glen Ellis Falls, NH
Rocky Gorge, NH
Jackson Falls, NH

FAVORITE WATERFALLS OF THE STOWE, VT AREA

Moss Glen Falls (Stowe), VT
Bingham Falls, VT
Sterling Brook Gorge, VT
Hell Brook Cascades, VT
Bolton Potholes, VT

FAVORITE WATERFALLS OF THE LINCOLN, NH AREA

Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail, NH ("The Basin")
Beaver Brook Cascades, NH
Paradise Falls, NH
Falls on the Falling-Waters Trail, NH
Franconia Falls, NH
Thirteen Falls, NH
Georgiana Falls, NH
Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop, NH ("The Flume")

FAVORITE WATERFALLS OF THE WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH AREA

Waterville Cascades, NH
Campton Falls, NH
Paradise Falls, NH
Beede Falls, NH
Rainbow Falls, NH

FAVORITE WATERFALLS WITHIN 2 HOURS OF BOSTON, MA

Trap Falls, MA
Royalston Falls, MA
Doane's Falls, MA
Bear's Den Falls, MA
Purgatory Falls, NH
Welton Falls, NH
Campton Falls, NH

WATERFALLS ALONG THE KANCAMAGUS HIGHWAY, NH

Sabbaday Falls
Rocky Gorge
Lower Falls
Champney Falls
Franconia Falls

FAVORITE WATERFALLS OF THE BERKSHIRES AREA OF MA

Bash Bish Falls, MA
Campbell Falls, MA
Race Brook Falls, MA
Wahconah Falls, MA
Tannery Falls, MA
The Cascade, MA
March Cataract Falls, MA
Twin Cascades, MA

FAVORITE SWIMMING HOLES IN THE WHITE MOUNTAINS

Upper Ammonoosuc Falls, NH
Lower Ammonoosuc Falls, NH
Swiftwater Falls (Bath), NH
Rattlesnake Pool, ME
Emerald Pool, NH
Lower Falls, NH
Franconia Falls, NH

FAVORITE WATERFALLS TO GET ENGAGED AT

Moxie Falls, ME
Tannery Falls, MA
Arethusa Falls, NH
Bridal Veil Falls, NH

FAVORITE WATERFALLS TO SNOWSHOE TO

Arethusa Falls, NH
Bridal Veil Falls, NH
Grand Falls, ME
Falls on the Falling-Waters Trail, NH

WATERFALLS YOU CAN ACTUALLY GET MARRIED AT

Jeudevine Falls, VT

FAVORITE WATERFALL "BASE CAMP" TOWNS

North Conway, NH
Jackson, NH
Lincoln/Woodstock, NH
Stowe, VT
Great Barrington, MA

FAVORITE ROADSIDE WATERFALLS

Silver Cascade, NH
Kent Falls, CT
Snow Falls, MA
Beaver Brook Falls, NH
Moss Glen Falls-Granville, NH
Slatestone Brook Falls, MA
Lower Falls, NH

ROADSIDE WATERFALLS TO CAMP AT (OR VERY CLOSE NEARBY)

Chapman Falls, CT
Hay Brook Falls, ME
High Bridge, ME
Bridal Veil Falls, NH
Rattle River Falls, NH
Thirteen Falls, NH

FAVORITE UNCROWDED WATERFALLS

Nancy Cascades, NH
Dry River Falls, NH
Thirteen Falls, NH
Pond Brook Falls, NH
Thoreau Falls, NH
Honey Hollow Falls, VT
Lye Brook Falls, VT
Twin Cascades, MA
Goldmine Brook Falls, MA
Race Brook Falls, MA
Dunn Falls, ME
Mosher Hill Falls, ME
Shin Falls, ME

WATERFALLS YOUR PARENTS MAY HAVE DRAGGED YOU TO

Lower Falls, NH
Diana's Baths, NH
Quechee Gorge, VT
Smalls Falls, ME
Falls on the Flume-Pool Loop (the "Flume"), NH
Falls on the Basin-Cascades Trail (the "Basin"), NH

MOST POWERFUL WATERFALLS

Great Falls, Housatonic, CT (when dam is open)
Wadsworth Big Falls, CT
Glendale Falls, MA
Shelburne Falls, MA (when dam is open)
Allagash Falls, ME
Grand Falls, ME
Moxie Falls, ME
Nesowadnehunk Falls, ME
Rumford Falls, ME
Campton Falls, NH
Jackson Falls, NH
Livermore Falls, NH
Profile Falls, NH
Big Falls, VT
Fairfax Falls, VT (when dam is open)
Northfield Falls, VT
Shelburne Falls, VT (when dam is open)

MOST PHOTOGENIC WATERFALLS

Moss Glen Falls, VT
Bash Bish Falls, MA
Tannery Falls, MA
Arethusa Falls, NH
Enders Falls, CT
Honey Hollow Falls, VT

MOST DANGEROUS SWIMMING HOLES

Huntington Gorge, VT
Upper Falls of the Ammonoosuc, NH
Bingham Falls, VT
Bolton Potholes, VT
Hamilton Falls, VT

FAVORITE OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTRY THAT HAVE BIG CLUSTERS OF WATERFALLS

Shenandoah National Park, VA
Blue Ridge Parkway, VA/TN
Columbia River Gorge, OR
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yellowstone National Park, WY
Finger Lakes area / Ithaca, NY
Transylvania Country, NC

BEST STATES TO GO "WATERFALLING"

Vermont
New Hampshire
Maine
New York
Ohio
West Virginia
Virginia
North Carolina
South Carolina
Arkansas
Tennessee
Georgia
Colorado
Wyoming
Montana
Idaho
Washington
Oregon
California
Utah
Alaska

FAVORITE LOCAL NONPROFITS THAT HELP PROTECT WATERFALLS (please donate to them!)

The Trustees of Reservation
Nature Conservancy
Vermont River Conservancy
Kestrel Trust

OTHER LOCAL WATERFALL EXPERTS

Dean Goss
Steve Smith
John Compton
Dave Hajdasz
David Ellis
Russell Dunn
Chris Whiton
Eli Burakian
Joe Bushee
Jan & Christy Butler

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