Giant Falls via Peabody Brook Trail

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Peabody State Forest

Giant Falls via Peabody Brook Trail is a 4.5 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Gorham, New Hampshire that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Length4.5 kmElevation gain234 mRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildlife
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Mathew Leger
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Hiking

Great hike for the family. It can be a little challenging toward the top for the little ones, but it’s doable and beautiful. Parking is limited to street parking.

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Ian & Alyson Durham
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Snowshoeing

This is a nice trail but we had to turn around near the top as the snow was pushing three feet deep and we were postholing in snowshoes. In addition the trail became impassable due to brush and a major blowdown. BUT, it’s beautiful and empty!

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Molly Mathieu
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Hiking

Hike was beautiful! The last 0.25 miles were steep but definitely worth the climb.

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Sebastian Moore
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Hiking

Great trip with my wife, 4, and 5 year old sons. Went about 1/3 of the way up and turned around for my boys. Definitely going to come back and do the whole hike!!

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Skyler Accomando
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Hiking

The last 0.5 miles or so to the falls were steep, doable for people in shape and not overly rocky. The drought kept the falls quite low flowing

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Lindsay McMahon
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Mosquitos. The falls aren’t giant...tall, yes. Cute, yes. We decided to turn around about 1.5 miles in, at the Giant Falls because the mosquitos were a bother. I’ve been hiking the whites for two weeks now and this was the worst bug site we’ve hit.

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Hayley Gibbs
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Very intense hike, but the view is worth it! The beginning is wide and flat, and very easily walkable. But as you continue on it becomes pretty steep and rocky. Not a problem for experienced hikers or those in good physical shape. As you get closer to the waterfall the trail becomes more narrow and rockier, with some fallen trees blocking the path. I wouldn’t recommend this trail to those with children.

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Nancy Eaton
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HikingBlowdownGreat!

The Falls are running beautifully after the recent rain. Some slippery footing on the spur near to the Falls requires care. I worked today on clearing the spur trail of brush. It is much more open now. There are still a few down trees but they are pretty easy to negotiate. I've let the local trails club know; with luck they'll get a chainsaw out there soon.

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Alexis Chase
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Marci H
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HikingRockyScrambleWashed out

This is rated “easy” however I beg to differ. Although the first half is super easy, wide trail, well groomed, it all abruptly changes and becomes a leaf covered narrow and very steep deer trail. This is definitely a “40+ club moderate” for us “older folks.” That being said my husband (46) and I (40) and in relatively good shape made it to the falls with our older dog and a puppy. The falls are very pretty, however, several times we almost turned around due to frustration with the trail conditions. Oh, and the deceased moose is still in the river just prior to the giant falls. I’m glad we kept going to see the falls, but we won’t be doing this one again.

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timothy eldridge
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May 23, went on a hike with the family. this trail was well identified. parking at the entrance on the side if the road. the hike is listed as easy....which in the first half of the hike, you are walking along on old logging road which was very easy. Then it became moderately steeper. We had a couple older people with knee issues that did not continue on to the falls because of the steepness. Oh heads up just before you get to the falls, there is a deceased moose in the river. If you have small children that may be disturbing. The falls where beautiful! There was a slight mist which made it very refreshing. This hike was great!

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Matthew LaRoche
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trail was easy to follow and markings were few, but visible. light blue trail blazes the whole way to the falls. short decent to the falls but they are worth the walk in! with all the snow melt it was HUGE!

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Ryan Sanschagrin
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trail was basically non existent in April. spent hours on this hike and never even made it to the falls. once you get to the river the trail disappears entirely. you cannot see the falls from this point and all trail markings are gone. don't even bother.

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Colgoss21 User
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Lindsay Halverson
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The first half is all long overgrown grass which tickles your legs! A bunch of small bugs dive bombing our faces. The brook was pretty on the side of the trail. The trail was easy to follow. Overall, not our favorite. Won’t do again.

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Autumn Kimball
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Had to turn around short of the falls due to losing the trail. Peabody river trail is marked well. Giant falls trail is not marked at all.

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Shirley Arsenault
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Michael Pahl
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Phil Pelletier
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Kayla White
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Elizabeth Chesnutt
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Jean L
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Bill Holland
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