Nature August 03, 2018
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In New Hampshire Who Loves Waterfall Hikes
There’s something undeniably appealing about waterfalls. The sound of rushing water, the sight of it sparkling like diamonds on rock, the cool, fresh smell in the air – they’re absolutely irresistible. And seeing one is even more rewarding if you’ve put in a little work to get there – say with a nice hike. These 8 New Hampshire waterfall hikes are perfect summer weekend outings. Consider this your hiking bucket list!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Basin Cascade Trail, Franconia Notch State Park
The Basin is one of the most famous natural water features in New Hampshire, and for good reason - it's just plain stunning. There are several other waterfalls along this 2.5 mile out and back trail! Learn more
2. Arethusa Falls and Bemis Brook Trail, Crawford Notch State Park
This 2.7 mile round trip hike will take you to the most dramatic waterfall in the Granite State. With a drop of 140 feet, Arethusa Falls is quite spectacular! And best of all, you'll see several other waterfalls on your way there. Learn more
3. 3 Purgatory Falls Trail, Lyndeborough
This trail earned its name by having 3 waterfalls – though most agree that the first is the best. It's 5.6 miles out and back, but it's not too steep or rough, so it's a great way to spend a summer afternoon.
4. Glen Ellis Falls Trail, Mount Washington State Park
It's a super short walk to this waterfall from the trailhead's parking lot – just about a quarter mile! And you'll be well rewarded for that small effort – this waterfall is just stunning. Learn more
5. Bridal Veil Falls Trail, White Mountains National Forest
This 4.8 mile out and back trail takes you along a babbling brook and rewards you at the end with a stunning waterfall. It's really popular in the winter, too, when it freezes into a magical sight!
6. Thompson Falls Trail, White Mountain National Forest
This lovely little trail is just over a mile out and back – and you'll adore both the waterfall and the gorgeous wildflowers that grow along the trail. This one is especially great for kids!
7. Gonic Trails, Rochester
This is another nice easy trail – just a 1.2 mile loop. There are plenty of spots to sit and linger by the waterfall – bring a picnic and stick your feet in the water and you'll be delightfully relaxed.
8. Champney Falls Trail, White Mountain National Forest
This 3.1 mile hike isn't too strenuous, but it's shady, beautiful, and ends in a gorgeous little waterfall. Visit around golden hour for gorgeous photo ops!
Want a hike where you can snack along the way? Check out this
wild blueberry hike!