Explore the most popular waterfall trails in New Hampshire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome hike with fun and somewhat challenging terrain, amazing views and beautiful water features. Doable as a day hike but have to be a moderately experienced hiker. Greenleaf Hut seems like a great option for those who want to extend the hike to a two day trip (it’s a lot like the refuges in the alps, complete with food and bunks and friendly folks to chat with). We did it as a day hike in ~7hrs in reverse of this guide (up Old Bridal Trail over the pass and down Falling Waters). Going down Falling Waters was great because it allowed us to take plenty of breaks on the final stretch down and take in all the water views. Bring a good camera to capture the waterfalls and the views.

Highly recommend this loop, so far my absolute favorite day hike in the Whites. Go for it!!

Wow! The views here were perfect. If you bring a hat, watch for the wind at the summit.

Difficult trail. We ascended Tuckerman's and descended from the summit using the Lion Head trail. Overall, I found Tuckerman a more enjoyable hike with better views but being above the ridge line longer on this trail offers a different perspective. I will add the disclaimer that I was already tired upon starting the descent from the summit, so my opinion of this trail is less optimistic. We were fortunate to have perfect weather...it is not a trail I would even consider attempting otherwise. There was a lot of bouldering and, as someone who is not as tall as my hiking partner, I had greater difficulty in some parts. As with my review on the Tuckerman's trail, I suggest being very well prepared with food, water, first aid kit with moleskin, good hiking shoes (an absolute must; sneakers would be dangerous), and extra clothes in case of weather. If I ever did this trail again, I would plan on stopping at the hut on the way back down (not returning to the trailhead in the same day) or taking the shuttle. Overall, an interesting hike that I am glad I did once, but it will not be at the top of my list to try again next time I hike Mt. Washington.

We hiked up Tuckerman's and down Lion's Head on a day with perfect weather. Tuckerman's was a challenging trail. Unfortunately there was a detour up muddy, steep inclines for the first part which wasn't enjoyable, but past the detour up to the hut was a nice hike. After the hut (which is a great spot for a snack and water refill) the trail becomes very steep and rocky, climbing quickly around a waterfall. Views on this part of the trail are breathtaking. After the ravine you are above tree line and essentially bouldering. I did not find this part of the hike enjoyable as it was incredibly steep, treacherous footing, and exhausting. The views made it bearable. For those who get caught in weather along this part of the trail the cairns are spaced close together for safety, but I highly recommend planning this hike around the best weather possible. Hiking up to the summit and back to the trailhead in one day was exhausting and became a full day trip. For anyone attempting this hike I recommend packing plenty of food, extra layers, dry socks to change into at the summit, money (if you want food, souvenirs, or a ride down the mountain), wear good hiking shoes (NOT sneakers), bring hiking poles if you have them, a first aid kit with moleskin, and plenty of water (you can refill at the hut and at the summit; both my hiking partner and I went through 4+ liters each for the round trip). Reaxhing the summit was a hugh acomplishment! Overall, it was a hike I may try again but I would plan on camping out at the hut or taking the shuttle down as doing it all in one day was ambitious. Good luck to anyone interested in this trail, and hike smart.

Absolutely awesome trail! We took Bemis Trail and rejoined the Arethusa Falls trail, but came back down Arethusa and I highly recommend this route. After seeing the two smaller waterfalls on Bemis and heading up, it is a very steep climb, but we successfully completed it with a 4, 8, and 9 year old. It was challenging for someone a tad out of shape, but well worth it. As others have stated, I think coming down Bemis would need to be slow going.

hiking
16 hours ago

Great way to spend an early morning on a day off. Had the whole place to ourselves. High water from all the recent storms but the trail was fine and not muddy at all. Nice way to spend breakfast sitting at the falls. :-)

Great hike. I guess I got a good day. No rain, low cloud, strong winds for the last hour. but a fairly comfortable hike. Terrain makes it slow-going but luckily (for me) no real exposure or sense of plummeting off the mountain. Must be much harder on a stormy wet day, for sure. Just over 3 hours (3-30 inc. breaks)

More arduous than I remembered. Have to concentrate on yellow swatches. Brook trail was tougher and much less traveled. Great reward at top!

Maybe I didn’t walk far enough but I walked till the trail ended. This is a Walk not a hike up a mountain. It is virtually 0 grade uphill. I would plan to come and sit on the huge rocks in the creek and enjoy the day, not do this as a hike for fitness etc.

Hiked with my 6 and 10 year olds.

I did not consider this a moderate hike and found it quite easy. Neither of my kids found it difficult either. The only "steep" sections are found in the staircase around the falls and these are short.

The trail is about a mile to the falls and is fairly flat with a gradual incline. There is a stream crossing immediately after the trailhead we managed in the rain to avoid getting wet.

You've reached the falls when you hit a fork in the trail with a sign. The right continues on to Mt. Chocurua and the left heads towards the falls. They meet again after the falls to create a loop. I would avoid the loop by going up and down the staircase. If you head up the left the first or second side trail leads to a wide waterfall with a huge squarish bolder in the middle of the stream. Keep heading down the gorge another 200' to see a tall 50' waterfall. There is also a cut out in the canyon with a large overhang in which you can shelter. We ate lunch here out of the drizzle and dried off our gear.

Although we come to summit Chocorua this was a nice plan B. Had conditions been better and we summited I probably would have by passed the falls and missed out completely.

Hiked on a rainy day. Not too bad. The rocks were slippery but it’s totally doable. In the beginning it’s windless in the thick woods and very humid, which made us very uncomfortable. It got better as we went higher. After we broke the tree-line, we found ourselves in very thick fog, the visibility dropped to 100 ft or even less at some point, plus it’s very windy and very cold around the sign! The wind blowed cold rain to my face. Thank god there are some stone-made shelters on the top. I can imagine how dangerous it could be if you get wet and exposed for more than half an hour.

walking
1 day ago

That was a great little family hike. Lots of cold water pools to lay around in and 4 leaves up or so there was a hole that was about 2 ½ feet wide by 3 ½ feet long and about 10 feet deep. Jumped in with my arms by my side. What a rush. The hike is easy. Parking was a problem so get there early.

Overall great hike. Trail was well kept but some areas where you could definitely get lost because they look like trails as well. Follow yellow marks whole way! Even at the top!!! Also very muddy and wet, bring shoes with good traction.

hiking
1 day ago

A nice easy 20 minute walk in the woods to the Basin.

Heading east along Rte 2, you can park immediately before Pea Brook in the small pull off area ( big enough for 2-3 cars) and walk 100' east along the road to the trail head that brings you straight there.

One of the prettiest hikes I’ve ever done. A quintessential northeast hike, should be on everyone’s list. Well worth it.

Steep and challenging but well worth the views! Loved this hike

Very nice view. Steep near the summit. Enjoyed a family hike in about 6 hours with kids from 8 to 14.

My least favorite 48-4000 footer so far. The lower half of the mountain is extremely overgrown. Going up this isn’t an issue, but coming down it’s scary not being able to see your feet and where you are stepping. Many down trees and the trail is poorly maintained. No view at the summit but there are some view stops along the way. The Horn is the best part about this hike.

Took the south west trail parking was fine hiked to old Marlborough road trail was fine but nothing to see good walk with my wife wish we had taken the dogs.

We started the trail via Frankenstein Cliffs which was a pretty steep incline but happy we got the hardest part over with in the beginning of the trail. There were very few people on the Cliff trail but once we got closer to the falls, there were many more- a little too busy to my taste. But all in all, a very beautiful 5 mike hike from start to finish and a great workout. It took us 4 hours but we stopped and picnicked by the smaller falls.

nice, easy, pretty. it's also the reservoir trail. Careful if you end up on the gravel rd. turn around and go back the way you came in. it's a long way back to the car on foot by way of the road.

Hiked this on Sunday, Aug. 12. There was a steady drizzle most of the way up and solid rain showers coming down. This made for lots of muddy areas on the ski detour trail. The detour trail was very steep as others have stated and there were no views to be had on our day. We are experienced hikers and like to move fast with very few breaks on the way up. We made it up the mountain in a quick 2.5 hours, but coming down on wet rocks (via Lions Head Trail) took a lot more work and 3.5 hours. Glad I brought along some gloves to hold onto all of the rocks as it was pretty much wet and jagged rock hand holds for a long ways down. My husband slid down one rock slab on Lions Head and got a deep puncture wound from a tree root into his shin. Glad we had a first aid kit to treat it, but it definitely slowed him down a bit. Bottom line is come prepared for this hike - rain gear, trail shoes, layers, gloves, and first aid kit. Hope to be back one day when the skies are clear and the main trail is open again.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked this as an out/back from the parking lot to North Moat. The bottom 2+ is a walk in the park; the middle steps up the elevation gain, and the top 1/3 can be challenging, but the whole trip down will be challenging, if it’s wet, which it was. No other hikers were seen during the whole trip, due to less than perfect hiking weather.

Very cute, very short, tons of people

The trail is rated hard and it is. Recommend to have experience doing this hike. It’s no joke. Coming down gets tuff too
Will do it again in the fall, summer hikes are busier times on the Trails

My husband and I did this as our first hike in New England. Extremely challenging, but very fun. Very crowded day so couldn't see too much, but the ridge walk was a lot of fun and a nice reprieve from falling waters. Definitely start up falling waters. Will do again on a clear day!!

Nice, quick hike with tons of roots and mud along the way. The waterfall was beautiful! This trail is between easy/moderate, mostly for the quick elevation gain and small parts with climbing. Not bad, but watch your kids on the narrow parts.

GOOD GRIEF is this trail beautiful. Is it hard? Yes. Did I get about two hours in and start to huff and puff and wish I’d stayed home? I’d be lying if I said I didn’t. But when you clear the tree line and see the ridge that awaits you, it actually does take your breath away. I did this hike without trekking poles (I personally don’t like them) but most people I saw had them, so something to keep in mind. There is also the AMC Greenleaf cabin on your way down— great place to pee and grab something to drink. Bring tons of water and snacks, that’s a given. It took me about 6 1/2 hours with lots of little breaks, but no big ones. Descent is very rocky and slippery in places— hard on the knees. Don’t be afraid to slide on your butt. All in all, this was absolutely gorgeous, exhausting, rewarding, and I’ll be back for more.

Great hike overall. My girlfriend and I messed up and accidentally ended up on the Garfield trail and had to turn around and go all the way back up the mountain. This turned our hike into a 16.4 mile hike that lasted over 10.5 hours. Luckily we were able to get water at the Greenleaf hut on the old bridle path. The wind at the top was intense and the sky would clear up and then cloud over repeatedly. When the clouds cleared, the views were stunning. Just be careful that if you plan on going down the old bridle trail that you don’t make the same mistake we did (the ranger said it’s quite common and was very miserable and painful)

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