Champney Falls Trail

MODERATE 45 reviews
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Champney Falls Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Conway, NH that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.2 miles 646 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

rocky

scramble

snow

Directions from Conway, NH: Travel 11.5 miles west on Kancamagus Highway (SR 112) to a parking area. Trail begins there.


6 minutes ago

Tough, fun, beautiful. Sorry to miss the falls!


15 hours ago

hiking

What a great day! Pouring when we set out from the trail head. The sun came out as we were sitting on the summit.


17 days ago

hiking

Great trail, pretty simple. The waterfall is amazing, I took my two young girls and they loved it. There are some stairs you have to climb to get to the top but it's not bad. It's about 1.6 miles to the waterfall, and if your up for it, another 2.1 miles to the summit. The kids did not want to do that.


20 days ago

hiking

A bit rainy today but still a great hike, be prepared to use those leg muscles once at the falls!


1 month ago

hiking

A great trail! You can hear the beautiful falls during most of the ascent.


1 month ago

Good destination hike that runs parallel to the stream offering pleasant background sound. The falls offered a nice finish though not too large. Trail could be marked more effectively in couple spots so be aware.


1 month ago

hiking

Beautiful views


1 month ago

hiking

Great hike along scenic trail next to the river. I was surprised that there was not more damage to the trail from tourists as the parking lot was full during Memorial Day weekend. This would be a great route if you wanted to summit Chocorua from this side. The Falls were rather small and I was surprised because you would figure after The Rains of April and May the water would be abundant. Still a beautiful finish at The Falls.

Note to you tourists and part-time hikers: You are not supposed to start fires in undesignated areas and if you eat a Mounds bar take your wrapper with you!


2 months ago

hiking

Great trail, easy and fast, the falls were amazing! It was lightly raining so it made it a great day to hike!!!


3 months ago

hiking

The top was still a bit icy and muddy. Walking sticks certainly came in handy when going down. Perfect trail to hike on a hot summer day. Plan to make the trip back!


3 months ago

hiking

The waterfall was cute. I went all the way to the summit, and it's immediately after this trail (which connects to the summit) where the hike becomes rather strenuous.


3 months ago

hiking

Nice trail and falls were beautiful. Partially still frozen. Still a bit icy at the top, but it's possible to walk around the icy spots to avoid having to walk on ice. A bit of advice.... the bridge is out as soon as you enter the trail to cross the stream. The rocks were icy and we went quite a ways up stream to cross on a fallen tree that crossed the stream. What we figured out on the way out, is you can get to the road and rejoin the trail. So from the parking lot, cross the stream on the road and follow the trail from there.


4 months ago

hiking

It was beautiful during the end of winter season all semi snow covered.. Didn't make the full summit, way too sketchy & icy without micros or traction of some sort. All in all a great hike though.


6 months ago

geocaching

Nice trail and well marked. Icy at the top and with the limited snow cover some type of crampon or traction aid is highly recommended. Tough to find the markers at the top under the ice and snow but fun.


7 months ago

Beautiful!!! We hiked in the rain but it was worth it best trail we have done so far. Highly recommend this trail especially if you wanna get some good pictures.


9 months ago

hiking


10 months ago

camping

Beautiful sunset, and sun rise at summit


10 months ago


11 months ago

hiking

This is a great hike. We arrived at the trailhead at 8am on Saturday morning in the summer and were the fifth car in the lot. My wife and I hiked with our boys ages 8 and 10. It was a beautiful hike. It's not an easy trail, it's pretty consistently up the whole way. About a mile up the trail is the cutoff for the Champney and Pitcher Falls, both impressive though not much water travels over them most of the year. We continued up to the top of Chocorua and arrived at the top about two hours after we started. We probably could have made it up a bit faster, but kept a pretty steady pace the whole way. There was one other person at the top but we didn't see anybody else on our way up that early. The top is completely exposed and rocky, with some somewhat difficult climbing to get up to the summit. It's a must-see summit. On the way down the trail was like a super highway, with hundreds of people making their way up. Starting early was a good idea. On the way down we took the Middle Sister/Champney cutoff over to Middle Sister. An extra 0.7 miles or so gets you to the top of Middle Sister, which it appears almost nobody else does. It was a welcome respite from the busy trail and the old stone watch tower at the top was fun to see and poke around. Definitely worth the detour!


11 months ago

hiking

Good hike well maintained trail. Great views from summit.