Welton Falls is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Bristol, New Hampshire that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 400 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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17 days ago

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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19 days ago

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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21 days ago

I did this a few weeks back and almost didn’t do the water crossing, but decided to get my feet wet. Soo worth it. Beautiful falls! Had the place to myself.

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26 days ago

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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1 month ago

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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1 month ago

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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2 months ago

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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2 months ago

Easy trail and beautiful falls! Water flow crossing towards the end was too much for me and my dog to pass so we did not make it to the top. Would certainly do it again!

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3 months ago

Did this on a nice sunny winter day and it was absolutely perfect. Packed snow monorail. Doable in bare boots but some of the inclines were a bit slippery. Snowshoes were perfect! It took us over 3 hours to complete, but only because we took our time and sat and had lunch at the falls and kept stopping to play in the snow on the way back. A bit rare to have the descents on the way out and ascents on the way back, but with only 400 feet of change, the hike was quite easy. Beautiful walk through the woods along the stream most of the hike. Falls were pretty frozen but the sound if the water running below the falls was very relaxing.

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8 months ago

My dog loved this trail! Weather was beautiful, hardly any bugs at all, this time of year is perfect for hiking in NH. The river was low and easy to cross. Well marked trail as well. Would definitely recommend!

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8 months ago

out and back from the AMC Lodge is a nice morning walk. the stream crossing was easy due to low water. the place to cross the stream from the west bank is not well marked. one of the two new blown down trees may have had a double blaze marking. great walk constantly up and down as you follow the terrain along the creek. always changing sights as you see new washouts and the recovery of old ones. nature's constant change in full view.

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9 months ago

Beautiful waterfall many places to fall though

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10 months ago

Took this trail today with 9 people, including kids from age 8-15. Excellent! Wear a bathing suit and water shoes. When you get to the falls you can swim in the swimming hoe or walk up to the waterfall and swim in it! I would say this trail is the easy side of moderate.

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11 months ago

loved the waterfall

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Fri May 10 2019

Easy hike goes down most of the way with not much elevation change. Was able to cross the river to continue to the falls. No snow and barely any muddy areas. We did this with our son who is 11 . So crossing the river was doable. Found a blue jacket in the river just past the crossing. We packed it out and left it at the AMC lodge. Falls were beautiful and the path was easy and enjoyable.

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Thu Apr 18 2019

Wednesday 4-17-19. Started late in the afternoon. It’s still Spring, with plenty of snow on the trail, and even more in the woods. We wore micro-spikes that worked great.. Snow is getting soft and won’t last long. Fowler river was raging with recent rains and snowmelt. Had to turn back at the river crossing before Welton Falls. We will come back after things dry up some. Beautiful hike on a well worn trail.

Thu Nov 15 2018

Awesome hike but it is not flat terrain. The running river held perfect entry spots with smooth boulders entering the water. The waterfall at the end of the trail was perfect! Amazing for hot weather because there are so many easy entrances into water! Prob not easy with snow on the trail, including the roads to get to the trailhead. Hidden gem in my opinion.

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