Woodstock, New Hampshire
||2.5 / 5.0 stars (Good)
(see below for larger image and additional photographs)
||Yes (respectful public visitors appear to be tolerated)
||Plunges, cascades, and pools
||12 feet and 7 feet
||Mt. Moosilauke Brook
||Less than 0.1 mile
||Easy to initial viewpoint; difficult to base of the falls
||Down 20 feet
|WHEN TO VISIT:
||May to October
||Excellent (although in the past, swimming here was prohibited; there were no "no swimming" signs on a visit in 2016)
||2005: Page 43, J-11 (the falls are not marked on the NH atlas)
2015: Page 51, C-4 (the falls are not marked on the NH/VT atlas)
|COST TO VISIT:
||Free (as of 2016)
|LENS TO BRING:
||Wide-angle (14-35mm), standard (35-70mm), and/or short-telephoto (70-105mm)
||85° excluding declination (the falls face east)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK?:
||Yes, the falls are included as a full chapter within the guidebook
Agassiz Basin is named after Louis Agassiz, a Swiss scientist often credited by many for the discovery of the most recent Ice Age. Two small falls can be found here. Although the waterfalls are by no means large or of striking beauty, the area around the falls is of historical and geological interest. The waters of the curved gorge created a gap about six feet wide that is known as Indian Leap. There are legends that Native Americans used to jump across the gap as a test of courage. Also of particular interest are the deep, circular potholes and the deep, mostly dark pools in the river.
The best view of the lower falls is obtained by scrambling down to the river. The upper falls can be viewed by scrambling on some of the rock ledges just below a white building, but be careful as the terrain here is slippery and offers minimal grip.
This is a property that I hope the U.S. Forest Service ultimately purchases and adds to the White Mountain National Forest. It is of special geologic significance and is one of the premier swimming areas in the national forest.
To get to the falls, follow any of the trails that stem from the parking areas down to the brook. You'll have to do some fairly difficult scrambling if you want to get a good view of the major falls here.
From I-93 in Lincoln, take exit 32. Turn onto NH 112 west, heading towards Woodsville. Continue traveling on NH 112 west for 1.7 miles past the junction of US-3 and NH 112. The falls are located behind a white building, currently serving as an antique shop but has previous been a restaurant known as Govoni’s. Future public access of this waterfall may change with any shift in ownership of this property. If you encounter any private property notices during your visit, please respect the owners’ wishes and find another nearby waterfall to enjoy.
To get to Lincoln, take I-93 north from Concord or I-93 south from Franconia.
Alternatively, you can take NH 112 west (the Kancamagus Highway) from Conway.
UPDATES SINCE THE 2ND EDITION
The bridge that was mentioned in the 2nd edition of the New England Waterfalls guidebook has been removed. However, the falls can still be seen in full from near the parking area. Also, please take note that this is private property but respectful public visitors appear to be welcome (please 'leave no trace' so that it can be kept this way).
If you know of any updates to this waterfall, or notice any errors either on this website and/or within the New England Waterfalls guidebook, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a Facebook comment at the bottom of this page. Updates to all of the waterfalls in the latest edition of the guidebook can always be found here: book updates
the lower falls and pool at Agassiz Basin, New Hampshire
the lower falls and pool at Agassiz Basin, New Hampshire
INTERESTED IN VISITING MORE WATERFALLS IN NEW ENGLAND?
The 3rd edition of the New England Waterfalls guidebook contains 552-pages of detailed information on hundreds of waterfalls throughout all corners of New England. This 3rd edition has been completely updated and it is the first to be printed in FULL COLOR! Click on the image below to explore some sample pages of the guidebook on Amazon.com.
TIPS FOR VISITING WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES
Here are some tips to help ensure that your trip to New England's waterfalls and swimming holes will be a safe and enjoyable one:
- DON'T FORGET THE ESSENTIALS - When you visit waterfalls, you should consider bringing all of the following: (a) bug spray; (b) food/snacks; (c) water/sports drinks; (d) camera/smart-phone; (e) guidebook/trail map; (f) daypack/backpack; and (g) hiking shoes, hiking boots or watershoes. A full day hiking packing list can be found here.
- CONSIDER BUYING WATER SHOES - You won't see too many people using them, but watershoes are fantastic pieces of equipment that can make your trip to waterfalls and swimming holes safer and more enjoyable. Merrill and Keen make some fantastic watershoes (here are some great ones from Merrill: womens / mens).
- LEAVE NO TRACE - When you visit waterfalls and swimming holes, you'll often see some trash and sometimes you'll even find clothing left behind by others. It's really, really sad, and it irks the heck out of us. Won't you consider carrying out some of trash and clothing left by others when you leave? That would leave the spot more beautiful for the next person. Bring a trash bag and be a hero!
- PRIVATE PROPERTY - Many waterfalls and swimming holes are located on private property and so we are truly fortunate that many landowners allow us to enjoy them. If you want to ensure that they stay open to the public, please do your best to leave no trace. If you see a sign that says 'Private Property', turn around and find another waterfall to visit or a different place to swim.
- BRING A DSLR CAMERA AND TRIPOD WITH YOU - If you want to take high-quality photographs of waterfalls, your smart-phone just won't cut it. Get a DSLR camera, a tripod, and learn to master the art of waterfall photography.
- SCOUT FIRST, SWIM SECOND - Never enter a swimming hole without first scouting it, even if you see somebody else swimming in it. Stop and access the risks based upon the depth of water, the power of the current, evidence of slippery rocks, and other safety factors.
- CLIFF JUMPING - Cliff jumping is dangerous. Like, seriously dangerous. Understand the risks before you partake in this activity. Many have died from doing this in New England. Here is a list of all known deaths at waterfalls and swimming holes in New England.
- PLEASE DON'T BUILD ROCK CAIRNS - Please do not build new rock cairns at waterfalls or swimming holes. Cairns are a strong reminder of human presence, and don't we all want to see waterfalls in their natural state and glory? Photographers get particularly annoyed at seeing cairns, so please resist the urge to build them.
- DON'T RELY ON YOUR GPS TO GET YOU TO THE TRAILHEAD - Waterfalls don't have addresses, so relying on your GPS to get you to a trailhead is great way to get yourself lost. You need a guidebook, a road atlas, and/or a hiking map to visit the vast majority of waterfalls in New England. Also keep in mind that waterfalls are often located in wild areas, where smart-phone map apps and car GPS units may not work at all.
- WATERFALLS IN SPRING - The best time to visit waterfalls is generally in the spring during the annual snowmelt (which is April to June). However, most waterfalls will often look great for several days after a significant rain storm.
- HELP KEEP THE ULTRA-SECRET SWIMMING HOLES A SECRET (FOREVER) - If you find some ultra-secret swimming holes, please do your best to keep them a secret. Do not post their locations online or wildly share directions or photos with others. All of the swimming holes that are included in the guidebook and online through this website are the well-known swimming spots. There are many more holes that are much further off the beaten path, but they deserve a chance to stay wild and pristine.
- DON'T SCRAMBLE UP WATERFALLS - So many people been seriously injured and killed in the waterfalls of New England. Many of these folks got too close to a waterfall and slipped and fell. Don't become a statistic: stay far back from the edge.
- WEAR TRACTION IF YOU VISIT WATERFALLS IN WINTER - Visiting waterfalls in winter can be rewarding, but there is often a higher element of danger. You may need crampons, snowshoes, and/or some other form of traction (like Microspikes) in order to safely hike to waterfalls in winter.
- SUPPORT NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT CONSERVE WATERFALLS & SWIMMING HOLES - There are some organizations in New England that work diligently to conserve and maintain waterfalls and swimming holes. Please consider supporting these organizations, either with their trail maintenance projects or with monetary donations. Here are three excellent organizations engaged in this extremely important mission: the Trustees of Reservations, the Vermont River Conservancy and the Nature Conservancy.
Here are some helpful links to help you explore and enjoy more waterfalls and hikes throughout New England:
- Waterfalls of Connecticut = link
- Waterfalls of Maine = link
- Waterfalls of Massachusetts = link
- Waterfalls of New Hampshire = link
- Waterfalls of Rhode Island = link
- Waterfalls of Vermont = link
- Best Waterfalls in New England = link
- Best Swimming Holes in New England = link
- Top 25 Day Hikes in New England = link
- Top 25 Family-Friendly Day Hikes in New England = link
- Waterfalls Near Boston, Massachusetts = link
- Waterfalls Near Lincoln, New Hampshire = link
- Waterfalls Near North Conway, New Hampshire = link
- Waterfalls Near Stowe, Vermont = link
- Waterfall Photography Tips = link
OTHER WATERFALL GUIDEBOOKS
In addition to the New England Waterfalls guidebook, there are several other guidebooks that can help you find waterfalls and swimming holes:
- Vermont Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2015) = link
- Hiking Waterfalls in New England: A Guide to the Region's Best Waterfall Hikes (1st Edition: 2015) = link
- Waterfalls of the White Mountains: 30 Hikes to 100 Waterfalls (2nd Edition: 1999) = link
- Connecticut Waterfalls (1st Edition: 2014) = link
- Rodrick's Guide to Vermont Waterfalls, Cascades & Gorges (1st Edition: 2014) = link
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- Request to join the "Northeastern Waterfalls" community > link
- Request to join the "Vermont Waterfalls" community > link
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