Three Great NH Waterfall Hikes

How to prepare and where to go



Arethusa Falls in Carroll County

photo courtesy of marc anthony nsam

It’s difficult to say exactly how many natural waterfalls there are in New Hampshire, but nhtourguide.com lists 70. They are located all over the state, and each is impressive enough to have attracted the attention of hikers, tourists and nature lovers. Hiking in the Granite State is enjoyable recreation on its own, but combining it with the big payoff of a gorgeous waterfall view (or even a refreshing dip under the cascading waters!) makes it that much better.

Most of us are already familiar with the Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch with its impressive Avalanche Falls. In fact, some New Hampshire natives even make yearly trips to see it (guilty). But there are plenty of falls worth exploring that you may want to add to your vacation and daytrip schedules.

Like any hiking adventure you would undertake, be sure to bring along the basic necessities, including a small first aid kit, sturdy shoes and clothing, and bug repellent. Always let someone know the area in which you’ll be hiking. And don’t forget your camera!

Appalachia Waterfalls

Randolph, Coös County

The four falls that make up Appalachia — Gordon Fall, Salroc (upper and lower), Tama and Cold Brook Falls — are found along a 2.6-mile-loop hike. More than half a dozen additional falls can be found farther up the mountain for those willing to hike a bit off the beaten path. Swimming is prohibited at the Cold Brook Falls, but small swimming holes are available at the others. The trails themselves can be very tricky to navigate, so it’s recommended you bring along a trail map or the “AMC White Mountain Guide.”


Arethusa Falls

Hart’s Location, Carroll County

Considered to be one of the most beautiful in the state, Arethusa Falls boasts the single longest drop of all New England waterfalls. The 1.5-mile hike is moderate to difficult depending on your fitness level, but the payoff is huge. There is much debate about its height, but the range is anywhere from 125-200 feet.


Nancy Cascades

Livermore, Grafton County

To enjoy Nancy Cascades, be prepared for the two-hour hike to the upper falls. It gets its name from Nancy Pond, which feeds Nancy Brook and the falls. The total height of the cascades is about 300 feet, making it one of the tallest in New England.

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