Falling Waters Trail

Franconia Notch State Park, New Hampshire

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Falling Waters Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 4,762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,245 feet. Little Haystack Mountain (elevation 4,724 feet) can be seen along the trail.
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Falling Waters Trail is a hiking trail in Grafton County, New Hampshire. It is within White Mountain National Forest and Franconia Notch State Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 4,762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,245 feet. Little Haystack Mountain (elevation 4,724 feet) can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Franconia Ridge Trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Franconia Notch State Park
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 3,245 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 4,762 feet
Top Elevation: 4,762 feet
Features: Waterfalls
Parks: Franconia Notch State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1883/4762 ft
Elevation Start/End: 4762/4762 ft

Falling Waters Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Falling Waters Trail is a direct route to the Franconia Ridge and one side of a popular loop that traverses the ridge. In addition to a number of beautiful unnamed cascades and falls, Stairs, Swiftwater, and Cloudland Falls are all found along the bottom half of the trail and are required visits for any waterfall aficionado."

"This up-and-back hike, in the shadows of the Franconia Range, features a series of spectacular waterfalls and frothy cascades. The frozen Falls, reaching 60 to 80 feet, are a sight to see against the surrounding granite backdrop and snowy ridges. Take this trail, even in the coldest of winters, and you’ll walk to the sound of gurgling water moving beneath sheets of ice and snow. It’s one of our favorites in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. The entire trail stretches 3.2 miles (one way) to the top of Franconia Ridge.

However, we don’t recommend that you go much further than Shining Rock, an impressive granite ledge. Most folks, in fact, end their hike at the last of the three major waterfalls, cutting the trip to less than 3 miles round trip and avoiding the steepest sections of the trail. Those who travel up and around the waterfalls, continuing to Shining Rock and farther to Franconia Ridge, will be rewarded with open mountain and valley views. But the trail can be dangerously icy and lung-burstingly steep. In any case, don’t feel guilty about opting for the short trip-it’s a fine one, with plenty of its own rewards."

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Jun 2018