3 Purgatory Falls Trail

EASY 69 reviews

3 Purgatory Falls Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lyndeborough, NH that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

4.8 miles 359 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

muddy

over grown

1st Falls is only a 10 minute hike and great for swimming. Next 2 are an hour plus through a very thin overgrown path. Literally was only one on the trail all day and both upper falls are impressive but tough to see as they are largely in a crevasse.

hiking
6 days ago

23 days ago

Beautiful and peaceful. A little difficult finding the trail after the first fall, but mostly was well marked.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Great views and easy walking. We didn't have any trouble keeping on the trail like others suggested.

Easy and beautiful! Sadly the water was very low, but a good afternoon walk.

2 months ago

nice easy walk/hike. I can see why people keep saying its poorly marked. not much water going over the falls but beautiful day and no crowds. works for me

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail surface but steep slope due to trail being along brook and within crevasse.

walking
3 months ago

Took my dog on this trail, there are a few trails that intersect and they are not clearly marked. I would not do this trail alone if you are not experienced. The waterfall is beautiful but due to the current drought not as grand as other times during the year.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice easy out and back trail. Some parts have some incline but nothing too major

4 months ago

This trail was pretty easy. We were mainly there to see waterfalls and had a really great time. The falls were so beautiful

hiking
4 months ago

Trails can be confusing and/or poorly marked at times.

5 months ago

Nice, easy trail! Be careful to watch for markings on trees because they don't show up very often and it can be easy to get lost! Overall, very enjoyable!

5 months ago

be very careful when hiking these trails. they aren't marked very well and you can easily get lost or end up on farmland. bring a lot of water.
But for the record, the waterfalls are worth the trip.

hiking
5 months ago

Went with my 4 year old. We loved the waterfall and really had a great time on the trail. The only down side (hence 4 stars) is that the trail markings were hard find sometimes. There are many paths and trails, which makes it easy to veer off the correct trail. Overall, a fun and beautiful trail.

5 months ago

It was a blast. Easy and beautiful.

hiking
5 months ago

Great [easy] trail. First waterfall is 1/4 mile in. Beautiful day and we saw 12-20 in groups of 3-4. Trail is very flat first 1.5 miles out. Markings are good to this point as well.

Trail is missing a critical mark that keeps you off of private property. When you come to a large wooden bridge (car width), you will see 'Keep Out' and 'Private Property' signs. Stop - look right - over the rock wall - that's where you're heading. If you look closely you can see a 3"x3" sign with an arrow.

A mile later and a (significant incline) it starts getting harder to find the trail. We met several others at the top, none of us found the upper falls.

Still a great creek to walk along and beautiful woods.

hiking
5 months ago

It was a nice trail. The only problem I had was with the trail markings. Headed up to the view thinking it was the way to upper falls. Got to explore more, and turned around to make it to the falls.

5 months ago

perfectly New Hampshire. Beautiful area. not a difficult hike at all.