Welton Falls is a 3.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length3.8 miElevation gain725 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsRunningForestViewsWaterfallWildlifeSnow
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Kristie Brooks
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good trail if you want length but you could get away with just going to the falls and back and it's worth it. river crossings are tricky right now

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Sarah fitzwater
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HikingIcy

Beautiful trail and amazing waterfall. Saw bear scat along the way. 3 stars only because trail was extremely slippery and dangerous around the cliffs near waterfall. We had to use extreme caution. Barely was able to cross at the river crossings. Please be prepared and hike safely especially if going in winter time. Enjoyed the day nonetheless.

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Waynne Froman
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beautiful trail, stream crossing that we turned back at, as we weren't prepared. should have brought snow shoes, would have been even better. Overall very nice.

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Tonya Black
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Molly Milner
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The trail from the AMC lodge to the falls was lovely. There was just one place where you had to cross the river and it was not well marked, easy to miss it. Also, it was fairly easy to cross in the fall after a dry summer, but I think in the spring unless you have hiking sandals on you get wet feet.The falls were really beautiful. This was supposed to be a loop trail, but beyond the Falls the trail was very poorly marked and crossed back over the river with no warning and no marking. If I hadn’t had my all trails map I would’ve had to backtrack the whole way. Then once you get on the Welton Falls dirt road it is uphill the entire way, until you hit the last little downhill road.. So unless you want a really good cardio workout it is better to do an out and back to Welton Falls. Also I had to cross two more water crossings that were not marked at all, very easy to miss and not easy crossings.. So the part pass the Falls really wasn’t worth it. Also, the all trails app said that it was a hour and a half hike?!? I don’t know who did it in an hour and a half but it took me three hours to do the loop. Maybe to the falls and back is an hour and a half? Next time I come here I’m just going to walk to the falls and back the same way.

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Paul Garland
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Definitely not easy. Probably on the hard side of moderate

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Don Milbrand
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back 80 loop trail has a section that is trashed by logging. if you don't know the trail keep an eye left at about 10 o'clock. works traveling either direction. from the dry summer, there is very little water. still always good to get out with my 2 labs.

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Saffron H
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Section between the falls and back 80 not great but the rest was a lovely loop!

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Tony Karedis
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Yalan Connell
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I had a 14 year old girl and a 10 year old boy and 2 9-year old boys with me on this hike, the morning after a full night of rain. Bad planning on my part. We took Welton Falls trail as there are several on site you get to chose from. This particular trail is about 2.8 out and back. Rivers and waterfalls are wonderful and refreshing, but the trail itself was muddy and slippery. Lots of roots and rocks and cliff pathways. Quite scary for us and I spent quite sometime worrying about them slipping and falling! Once you get to the end of swimming hole and waterfalls, time to turn around and hike back. If you continue, it only leads you out to Welton Falls road where might mislead you to believe that it was the end of trail. Nope. you still gotta turn around and hike back. It fooled us and my kids were so disappointed and upset that they had to hike all the way back! We survived, needless to say, and we ranked this hike as level 8 difficulties for beginners like us. If anyone is afraid of height, this might be a very scary hike. Haha. I still give it a thumbs up :)

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Matthew Forsyth
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Fantastic trail. This is by far the hardest "easy" trail I have taken. There are some downed trees to scramble over, there is steepness in many areas, there are areas where permanent protection from falls is erected. The falls are worth the effort.

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Lisa Lane
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This is NOT an easy trail! Very steep, lots of rocks, roots, etc. Very misleading. No cell service (even with Verizon- the best reception out of any carrier). Treacherous roads to get here by car. Plus side is that there are 2 outhouses since it is on a campground.

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MammaS Hiker
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Hiked this 6/17/2020. Great trail, thankful for the barriers near the falls, there were some intense drop offs. Went with my sisters-in-law and our kids. Like other reviews mentioned, most of the up hill is going back out to the parking area. Also, there are other trails that leave from the same place. When we got there there were at least 5 other vehicles, but no one else was on the Welton Falls trail while we were.

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Jamie Conley
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Allen Grobin
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HikingRocky

Great trail good work out. This trail should be rated as moderate not as easy. Falls were beautiful. I disagree about bringing dogs on this .

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Katie wade
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phone died didnt record the way back

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Pam Provencher
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Perfect trail to bring your pups.. rewarded with swimming pool by the falls. A little buggy and muddy in some spot but not bad at all.. A couple of fairly small water crossing..

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Allie Jette
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This was a beautiful trail that was 3 miles out and back. It follows the water most of the way and the breeze was wonderful. There is one large river crossing, but plenty of big rocks to use effectively. Most of the trail is downhill on the way to the falls and therefore uphill on the way back. The outlook cave-like area is super fun! Bring your bug spray and beware of several muddy areas. Lots of roots and rocks to maneuver along the path.

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Heather Parsons
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HikingMuddyWashed out

We took the Manning Trail from the AMC Lodge to Welton Falls. Much of the trail paralleled to gorgeous River! Parts of the trail were very muddy. It was challenging to cross the River to continue on the trail but luckily we found a log and some rocks! Luckily my dog Wilma is quite balanced too! We loved the waterfall it was gorgeous as was the gorge!! We saw very few people on the trail and had the waterfall to ourselves! A lovely hike! See our blog for more: www.adventuresofshadowandwilma.com

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Jessica Levaggi
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The water was high, hard to pass but was able to find a tree across the river to cross on a little off the path.

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Michael Evans
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Beautiful hike along a stream with numerous small waterfalls. Excellent trail. We made a wrong turn at the river--crossed a tributary instead. The proper right looked challenging to cross, but not impossible.

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Jon Rogers
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Nice wooded trail. The start has some fairly new cutting, just after the tenting sites. There is some orange engineers tape to the yellow trail markings. Still a little bit of snow and ice specially around Welton Falls. The river was high and difficult to cross without getting feet wet. Overall this trail is easy in terms of not being strenuous but there are some small technical spots, for some.

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Steve Crowley
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HikingIcySnow

was an awesome experience of team building and overcoming fear and adversity. we adapted and overcame the river by walking across a down tree many feet in the air, a few of us walked thru the rivah, few areas were pretty icy and needed to use trees and roots to get past some downhills and uphills. all and all an amazing experience.

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Alex Lust
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Fun little hike. Descending most of the way to the falls, so you work for it on your way back. Lots of run off and flooding due to all the melting snow. But waterproof boots sufficed for me. Couldn’t make it across the water due to high levels and no clear crossing. Probably could have made it using some rocks but it was too sketchy and didn’t want to walk back with soaked boots. Still very enjoyable and good river views. Would be fun for a hot summer day with some friends and a picnic.

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