Champney Falls Trail

MODERATE 166 reviews

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

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
672 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

snowshoeing
11 days ago

Great day on the trail, all alone 34* F sunny/lite wind. Trail was well packed.

26 days ago

Great day! Snow shoed in and watched ice climbers. Everyone there had a great day. Jan. 28th felt like a spring day!

hiking
1 month ago

great winter hike. plowed parking lot. packed trail so micro spikes were fine. nice gradual climb. this time of year I would suggest taking the spur to the falls on the way up. the steps near the falls are really icy. much easier climbing up than down. great day about 90 minutes round trip

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, the snow had been packed down by the recent rain and freeze, and we were able to hike it without any trouble. The falls are stunning this time of year! I’ll be returning the next time we have some snowfall to experience the snow covered trees. I’d highly recommend this trail. Short but beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trail in early November and I wasn't expecting much in terms of scenery but BOY was I wrong. The waterfall is beautiful and seems to just keep going and going as you climb from its base to the top. Highly recommend this hike. Note: It was muddy in places at that time of year and the blazes are a little more spread apart than usual. Almost got lost but remembering what you saw on the way to the falls helps a lot on the way back.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely for an early winter hike. Not too steep so the iciness was manageable although crampons probably would have been safer

4 months ago

beautiful trail in October 2917. good first day, warm up trail.

hiking
4 months ago

nice falls, not that many views, overall nice afternoon hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Will have to pay for a park pass (display in window) $5. Dogs allowed. We kept our two on leashes but a few were off leash. Waterfall didn't have much water running down it, but the trees were all turning colors (Beginning of October) which made for a beautiful moderate hike. We decided to continue to the top of Mt chocorua (another 2.1 miles-for more EXPERIENCED hikers- very steep and rocky all the way to the top) for a BREATHTAKING view.

hiking
5 months ago

Best in May/June.

5 months ago

I loved it! The easy one, just be careful on the top, it was very slippery because of wet leaves.

5 months ago

relaxing hike... when you get to the top of the falls, look up and will see an awesome peak in the distance on a clear day

hiking
5 months ago

Well marked. Beautiful falls. Very kid friendly! Our dog had a blast swimming around!

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail, moderate. Half way through, it started to rain so walk back was slippery at times. Most of the time, the elevation is gradual but gets steep around the waterfalls. Loop at top. Around 4 miles, plenty of places to sit and eat or meditate near the falls. Loved the sound effects of running water throughout the hike.

hiking
5 months ago

Our new favorite trail with two water falls and a view at the end. It is not steep at all until the very end and even then you could skip the steepest part and not go to the top of the falls - although I highly recommend checking out the two waterfalls and then the view from the top of them. You can see for miles if it's clear. The trail has a lot of rocks and roots and a couple stream crossings - on of which is pretty wide. This trail was easy for my kids (the youngest of which is 7). It's a good length too as it's not too long for kids. Great hike

5 months ago

Amazing waterfalls!!! Interesting terrain it was slippery at times but it was very worth it. We brought our kids 9 and 12 and they loved it. Very family and dog friendly!

hiking
5 months ago

BEAUTIFUL! There wasn't a "fall" but definitely enjoyed the rocks and view. It was my best friend's first time hiking and she nailed it. Try to get there early to avoid the hike without the crowd. We arrived around 11am yesterday and on our way down the traffic kept coming up. Going to try the Champney Brook Trail to Mount Chocorua next!

Wear comfortable sneakers with tracking because if not, you'll feel every bump and your feet will hate you!

hiking
5 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. Very beautiful scenery, trail is clear, and the different spots with the water is really really cool. When I went, we checked out the water in a few different spots by going off the trail and finding some really cool little pools of water. There isn't a ton of water coming down, but the way the rocks are makes it seem like a decent amount.

5 months ago

Great hike! Good workout for the thighs and glutes lol first time doing a hike and it was so satisfying reaching the top. Hike was great. View was amazing! only reason I rated it 4 stars was due to the trail straight forward and straight back. it was boring going back, because you've seen it. "Been there, done that."

5 months ago

It's one of my top 5 mountain hikes

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