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Private Property

In my opinion, it is a true tragedy when a beautiful place is denied use by the visiting public. When private property is neglected or misused, owners have no choice but to post "NO TRESPASSING" signs to prohibit visitors. If we all do our part when visiting waterfalls to prevent this from happening, inspiring places will be able to remain open for future generations.

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To reduce the risk of a waterfall on private property being permanently closed by a landowner, always follow these guidelines:
  1. Always travel in smaller groups to reduce impact (under 4-6 people is typically a good idea)
  2. Always pick up after yourself
  3. Try to pick up any trash if you see any, especially remnants of any parties that occurred there (i.e. beer cans)
  4. Do not consume alcohol on the property
  5. Be extremely friendly to the owner and be sure to thank them for letting you enjoy their property.
  6. Follow the principles of Leave No Trace, if you are familiar with those guidelines.
  7. Respect all wishes of the landowner, whether posted on signs or communicated directly by them
  8. Do not alter the natural surroundings (i.e. do not break branches or move rocks)
Many of the best waterfalls in New England are located on private property. While the public is welcome to visit many of them, there are literally hundreds that are off-limits. Please respect the wishes of these landowners. There is often a very good reason as to why landowners have posted their property. The most common reason is because of disrespectful acts committed by prior visitors. Since 2002, I are aware of at least six waterfalls that have been closed due to incidents between unruly visitors and property owners. It is a complete shame to have lost access to these special places.

If you are the property owner of any waterfall listed on this website and would like me to remove the listing, please contact me and let me know what has caused you to come to this conclusion.

Let's all do our part to ensure that these New England treasures stay open to the general public!

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