If you are the type to chase waterfalls, head to New Hampshire immediately! They’re all over the place. Fantastic falls will surprise you by bursting on out of nowhere on the side of the highways and roads.
There are so many easy hikes taking you to additional amazing waterfall sights, great for any level of hiker. While there are so many tempting mountains to climb in the area, the weather on our trip was not conducive to mountain climbing. Rain and fog would make trails dangerous, and include no views!
So we skipped hiking Mt. Washington [the highest peak in the northeast] as we had hoped to do and instead went for a whole lot of short easy trails we knew would give us a beautiful payoff. These trails were not a disappointment at all, but marvelously stunning and enjoyable. However…we’re coming for you next time, Mt. Washington! Onto our list of trails:
Franconia Notch State Park
The Basin [i-93 in Lincoln]
Polished picture perfect pothole – just moments from the highway. Take a few minutes to walk the under the tunnel onto the trail along with the crowds to see this natural wonder.
Crawford Notch State Park
Ripley Falls [Route 302 in Crawford Notch]
Park and head up the trail, soon you will cross railroad tracks and be on your way into the woods. The hike is slightly steep, but short. A one-mile round trip out and back, full of rocks and roots. We saw this funny birch branch with a face like carving.
Arethusa Falls [Route 302 in Crawford Notch]
In Greek mythology, there was a beautiful nymph named Arethusa. She took a swim one day and the god of the river Alpheus fell in love with her. She wanting nothing to do with him fled, but could not escape him. Finally she asked for help, and the goddess Artemis changed her into a spring, and thus this waterfall found its name. This 2.8 roundtrip hike to Arethusa trails is pretty steep at times, but so worth the effort. Take the route following the Bemis Brook to liven up the trail through the woods. Following this brook you’ll see the dainty Fawn Pool,
After this lovely stroll you’ll be heading, up! Over rocks and roots and soon enough, but not without some exertion you will find yourself in front of the towering 140-foot falls are sublime, the second tallest in the state.
White Mountains National Forest
Glen Ellis Falls [Route 16 in Pinkham Notch]
Even if you don’t consider yourself a hiker, you can definitely pull off this walk. Just .3 miles on a well maintained path and you’ll find yourself in a enchanting place. Then .3 back, it’s that easy. So park your car, walk through the tunnel under the highway and along the scenic natural path alongside the Ellis River.
Just as our hiking day was done the clouds finally parted before dinnertime. We were dazzled and pulled off to a scenic view lot by the fanciful Omni Mount Washington Resort.