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North Conway Village, NH is the quintessential New England village with quaint shops, cafes, a beautiful park and historic train station, Cranmore Mountain, museums, dining and more. With Mount Washington standing tall in the distance everything that makes a vacation in New Hampshire a treasured memory is a short walk or drive away. Surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest, rivers, lakes, trails, and more, you’ll find exciting mountain adventures to thrill or relax you. Every season has recreation and activities to keep you busy and happy.

Family Attractions

Family attractions are abundant in the Mount Washington Valley! You can ride, zip, ski, tube, spend the day with a princess or Santa’s elves, discover adventure, or solve a mystery.

Family attractions in the White Mountains near Attitash Mountain Village
Mt. Washington Auto Road – Attitash Mountain Village guests receive $5 off a 2-hour guided tour, or adult passenger FREE with a paid “Drive Yourself” toll at the Mt. Washington Auto Road ($9 savings.) Located just 25 minutes north of North Conway, NH on scenic NH Route 16, the Mt. Washington Auto Road’s unique location in Pinkham Notch provides spectacular views into the Great Gulf Wilderness and the Presidential Mountain Range as you drive yourself or take a guided tour to the summit of Mt Washington. The eight-mile scenic road to the top of Mount Washington is the highest peak in the Northeast. Operations are always weather permitting. Check the “Road Status” for current conditions and operations. Driving yourself? No reservations necessary. Interested in a Guided Tour? Book ahead!

Great Glen Trails – Attitash Mountain Village guests get FREE use of the trails system for biking, running, or walking and 50% off a 4-hour bike rental package. Great Glen Trails offers hiking trails, bike rentals, running & walking trails, and kayak adventures for families of all ages, all at the base of Mt. Washington.

Cranmore Mountain Resort is North Conway’s year round playground with something for the whole family, no matter what the season! Ski or ride from December through March, and even take a spin down the 10 lane Tubing park! When the lifts stop spinning, enjoy summer fun in the Mountain Adventure Park. Zoom down the Mountain Coaster, arch high into the sky on the Giant Swing and zip on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Experience the thrill of Downhill Mountain Biking in the new lift-serviced park, or enjoy a relaxing Scenic Chairlift Ride up to the Summit Meister Hut. The fun never stops, with plenty of ways to enjoy the Mountain!

Bretton Woods Canopy Tour year-round thrilling zip line adventure on the slopes of Bretton Woods! Participants are brought on an adventure that includes a network of platforms high up in the ancient hemlock trees connected by nine ziplines, two sky bridges and three rappels.  This excursion offers both a thrilling experience and an intimate look into the wilds of the White Mountains, with sweeping views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range. Time out depends on group sizes, with groups of 4+ averaging roughly 3 hours and up. Smaller groups should expect anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours. The longest zip is over 1000 ft. long and about 165 ft. high off the forest floor.

Story Land is the best children’s theme park in New Hampshire, offering rides and entertainment to thousands of families with young children for over 65 years. New generations of children, their parents, and grandparents visit year after year to share past memories and create new ones in the Land Where Fantasy Lives! This kid friendly amusement park features over 30 attractions perfect for making your little ones smile, from the Polar Coaster to Cinderella’s Castle. With special events and family dining options including character dinners and tea time, Story Land is the perfect fairy tale fun amusement park for kids!

Living Shores Aquarium located at Story Land in Glen, NH is an indoor walk through adventure that allows the whole family to discover the wonders of the ocean year round. The aquarium includes interactive tide pools, exhibits, and immersive activities. See otters, touch sting rays, interact with tropical birds and so much more. Guests can learn about the widespread oceans and native New England Lakes in a fun, interactive environment. The aquarium experience also includes a digital sandbox where kids can dig and discover marine life living on New England’s beaches and a drawing station where they can bring their own sea creatures to life and see how they move through the ocean in their habitat.

Santa’s Village – Enjoy exciting rides & entertaining shows, ‘elfabet’ elves and gingerbread cookies, Santa and his reindeer, and the refreshing Ho Ho H2O water park. One of the ‘Top 25 U.S. Amusement Parks for 7 years in a row—#1 in New England—TripAdvisor Travelers Choice Awards. Admission includes all features for a full day, plus parking, strollers, and more. A tradition from our family to yours for nearly 70 years. Pure Joy. Family Style.

Attitash Mountain Resort located in Bartlett, NH, in the heart of the White Mountains and directly across the street from Attitash Mountain Village. Annual snowfall is 155″ and the ski season runs generally from early December to mid-April. Attitash has 67 trails with 310 skiable acres across two peaks, Attitash and Bear Peak. We operate 11 lifts; 3 quads, 3 triples, 3 doubles and 2 surface lifts.

Bretton Woods Horseback & Carriage Rides take the reins and go for a ride in New Hampshire’s beautiful White Mountains. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Presidential Mountain Range on one of our beautiful (or handsome) trail horses. Reservations are required for Bretton Woods Stables carriage, sleigh and trail rides. For the latest information or to make your reservations, please contact the Stables at 603-278-3388.

Wildcat Mountain – Access the 4,062 ft. summit, and 2,112 ft. of vertical, in just 6 minutes via New England’s most powerful Quad chairlift. Wildcat’s 2,000 ft. base elevation and proximity to Mt. Washington produces an annual natural snowfall of over 200 inches. Wildcat has the most continuous vertical of any ski area in the White Mountains, and is the closest ski area to backcountry ski mecca Tuckerman Ravine. Wildcat, the first ski area established on the White Mountain National Forest, is located 100% on National Forest Land. 48 Trails on 225 acres. Beginner 25%; Intermediate 45%; Expert 30% Polecat Trail – longest ski trail in New Hampshire, 2.75 mile beginner trail from the summit.

Mount Washington Cog Railway – The Mount Washington Cog Railway is one of the world’s great rail adventures, and has been making its dramatic ascent to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast for over 150 years. The Cog is the first mountain-climbing cog railway in the world. With an average grade of 25% (some sections approach nearly 38%), it’s also the second steepest! Motive power is primarily provided by a fleet of seven powerful biodiesel locomotives, each custom designed, built and maintained on site. And with a nod to its steam heritage, the railway also continues to operate a pair of coal-fired steam engines in the warmer months, both well over a century old. Located in the heart of the majestic White Mountains region of northern New Hampshire, Marshfield Base Station is 6 miles east of Route 302 on the western face of Mount Washington. Even the drive along Base Station Road is beautiful– every twist and turn reveals new perspectives on the Presidential Range. Make sure to stop for some pictures at Upper Ammonoosuc Falls, an impressive rocky cascade and popular swimming hole just a few yards off the road. And keep your eyes open for wildlife- moose and bear sightings are not uncommon along the Base road!

Conway Scenic Railroad opened as a tourist railroad in August of 1974. Its 1874 Boston & Maine station and surrounding property remain a North Conway Village icon, and all excursions depart from this location. Whether you choose one of our two Valley routes to Conway or Bartlett, or the legendary Crawford Notch Train, you will enjoy an old-fashioned railroading experience, traveling in vintage equipment over historic tracks. Coach, First Class, and First Class dining all are seating options. Children under 4 ride free in coach. In coach class, passengers may bring one small well-behaved dog. Except for service animals, dogs are not permitted in First or Premium class accommodation.

Mystery NH is a fun and exciting, immersive, real-life escape room experience, located in the heart of beautiful Mount Washington Valley. With the clock running, you and your team must find clues, solve puzzles and open locks in order to escape the room. The only tool you will need is your brain. This is a great activity for family, friends, co-workers, birthdays, anniversaries, team-building. Will you accept this entertaining challenge?

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For more information on attractions adventures in the Mt. Washington Valley, visit Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, or call 1-800-DO-SEE-NH (800-367-3364).

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Hiking & Nature Walks

Hiking and nature walks are a favorite for visitors of all ages and abilities. North Conway is surrounded by more than 700,000 acres of the protected White Mountain National Forest. Just minutes away you’ll find hiking trails for all abilities – from those who have never hiked to those who are avid hikers.

To get you started, here’s a few suggested short hikes in the Mount Washington Valley:

Diana’s Bath:
Short, cool walk. Trail leaves parking lot on West Side Road, .7 mi north of Cathedral Ledge. Half mile.

Cathedral Ledge:
A mile-long auto road leads to the top of 700-foot Cathedral Ledge where views across the Saco River Valley to the White Mountains can be enjoyed. Once on the top, an accessible hiking trail leads to a view of the valley.

Arethusa Falls:
Trail leaves the parking lot on the west side of Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch. It crosses the railroad and leads left for 50 yds where it turns right into the woods. This trail follows old roads above the north bank of Bemis Brook, which crosses shortly below the falls. The falls are 200ft high, the highest in the state. 1.3 miles, 1 hour.

Champney Falls:
Easy walk. The trail begins 10 miles west of the Saco River Ranger Station on the Kancamagus Hwy. The falls have plenty of water in the spring and after heavy rains, but are meager in dry season. 1.5 miles, 1 hour.

Boulder Loop:
A gradual climb with some steep pitches which views of Mt. Chocorua and Swift River from the ledges. The trail begins opposite of Blackberry Crossing campground, 6 miles west of the Saco River range station on the Kancamagus Hwy. Take road to the Rt. Across Albany covered bridge. The trail begins a short distance from the bridge on the left. 2.8 miles, 2 hours.

Black Cap Mountain:
Views of the Green Hills range, this trail is from the height of the land on Hurricane Mountain Rd. At the foot of the ledges a trail leaves right for the Mount Cranmore Skimobile. 1.2 miles, 1 hour.

Mt Kearsage North Trail:
Trail to the summit of Mt Kearsage North, north side of Hurricane Mtn Rd, east of Kearsage Village. 3 miles, 2 Hours & 45 mins.

Crystal Cascade:
The beautiful waterfall located 3/8 mi. up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. Which leaves from the AMC/Pinkham Notch Camp, part of the Cutler River, which flows from the ravine. .4 miles, 15 mins.

Glen Ellis Falls:
Great views with falls and pool below. Trail leaves opposite of public parking lot just south of Pinkham Notch Camp. Graded and paved. 1/2 mile, 25 mins.

Hall’s Ledge:
Great view of Northern Presidentials. Trail starts opposite The Dana Place on Rt 16. At first fairly level, then moderately steep. 3 miles, 2 hours, & 30 mins.

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Scenic Drives

Sometimes the best way to see the beauty of New Hampshire is by taking a scenic drive. In a car you can cover more ground and enjoy the variety of scenery from mountain peaks, to sweeping vistas and tree-lined back roads.

Scenic drives in the White Mountains near Attitash Mountain Village


Crawford Notch

From Attitash Mountain Village, follow Rt 302 west past Attitash Ski area and Bartlett Village. The road continues through mountain scenery, past  Crawford Notch Park and site of the famous ‘‘Willey Slide” family tragedy.

There are more than 10 waterfalls in and around Crawford Notch State Park, but two towering falls – Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade – require zero hiking and make great photo opportunities!

About 3.5 miles before reaching Silver and Flume Cascade, you’ll find Ripley Falls, a beautiful 100-foot sheet of whitewater flowing over a smooth rock wall. When you see the sign for Ripley Falls, turn left and follow the road to the parking area for Ripley Falls Trail and Ethan Pond Trail. Generally considered a moderately challenging route, the 1.0-mile out-and-back trail takes an average of 20 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and walking, so you’ll likely encounter other people while exploring.

📷 Photo Tip: The rock wall of Ripley Falls is at about a 60-degree angle, causing the rushing mountain water to maintain contact with the rock during most of its descent. For the best photograph, scramble a few feet downstream and add some scale to your cameras frame, such as a person or rock in the foreground.

After exploring Ripley Falls, continue west driving the steep grade through the Notch. You’ll approach Silver Cascade and Flume Cascade waterfalls on the right side of the road.

📷 Photo Tip: There’s two parking areas for viewing the falls on the left side of the road – pull off and park there. You can walk across Rt 302 and access both of these falls from there.

Continuing on 302, just around the bend is Crawford Notch Depot, which now houses a small museum maintained by the Appalachian Mountain Club (well worth the stop). Directly across the street is Saco Lake. You can walk the 0.5-mile out-and-back trail around the lake. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 12 min to complete. This is a popular trail for hiking, running, and walking, but you can still enjoy some solitude during quieter times of day.

A few miles beyond is the grand Mount Washington Hotel, a favorite New England retreat of presidents, poets and celebrities, and the site of the famed 1944 Monetary Conference.

📷 Photo Tip: Stop at the scenic view parking on the left as you approach the hotel for landscape views of this impressive historic hotel with Mount Washington in the background.

📷 Photo Tip: Enjoy a beverage and patio seating on the veranda stretching across the back of the hotel, or at the fire pits on the back lawn, for photos of Mount Washington.

Just beyond the Mt Washington Hotel on Rt 302 is the entrance road (not maintained in the winter) to the Cog Railroad which ascends the west side of Mt Washington. The Cog Railroad museum is an interesting stop, even if you’re not taking the train up the mountain.


Bear Notch Road

Take this road at dawn or dusk for the greatest chance to spot a moose along the road. Access Bear Notch Road from Route 302 in Bartlett to connect to the Kancamagus Highway (the “Kanc”) at the end. For some, this is considered a short cut to the Kanc, for most it’s considered incredibly scenic. (Not open in the winter.)


The Kancamagus Highway

A 34.5 mile scenic drive along NH’s Rt. 112 in Northern New Hampshire that is well known as one of the best Fall Foliage viewing areas in the country. The Kancamagus Highway is now designated an American Scenic Byway for its rich history, aesthetic beauty, and culture.

The Kancamagus Scenic Byway takes you through a path cut through the White Mountain National Forest with breathtaking views of the White Mountains. The Kanc takes you to an elevation of just under 3,000 feet at its highest point at Kancamagus Pass on the flank of Mt. Kancamagus near Lincoln, NH.

📷 Swift River

📷 Sabbaday Falls

📷 Lower Falls and Rocky Gorge.

📷 Albany Covered Bridge: Albany, 136 ft (1958) 6 mi. west of Conway on Rt. 112 (Kancamagus Hwy)

Continue through Franconia Notch to view the site of the former Old Man In The Mountains. You can visit the Old Man Museum and the New England Ski Museum and other attractions, then hop on 93N to Rt. 302. Travel south through Bretton Woods, stopping for lunch or a tour of the Mt. Washington Hotel. Continue through Crawford Notch back to Bartlett and back again to North Conway Village. It’s about a 100-mile round trip and will most likely take all day, stopping along the way for photos, scenic overlooks, unique restaurants and shopping.


Cathedral Ledge Road

Take this road to the top of Cathedral Ledge for an unsurpassed view of the Mount Washington Valley from Conway Lake to Bartlett.

📷 This is one of those rare scenic overlooks that you can drive to! If you’re lucky, you may be there when a rock climber “tops out” and comes up over the ledge.

From the North Conway-Bartlett section of West Side Road, you’ll turn on to Cathedral Ledge Road and begin climbing up to the top. The road narrows toward the top. Park at the top in a loosely marked parking area and walk out onto the ledge to see all of Mount Washington Valley before you. (Not open in the winter.)


Jackson Loop

From Route 16 North, go through the Jackson covered bridge and continue through the village to take a slight right onto Rt 16B at the schoolhouse.

📷 Drive through Jackson’s covered bridge (138 ft. / 1870s) and stop on either side of the bridge for a photo.

📷 Gazebo in Jackson Village (on the left just past the schoolhouse)

The road goes up the hill past Christmas Farm Inn to Whitney’s Inn (2 mi), where a sharp turn is made to the left. Drive about 1.6 mi to Gill Bridge over the Wildcat River where the road ends, make another left turn to stop at Jackson Falls with parking on the left.

📷 Jackson Falls

Leaving Jackson Falls continue on Rt 16B back to Jackson Village.

📷 New England Church


Pinkham Notch

This scenic drive will take you to the East side of Mount Washington. There are a couple of scenic vista overlooks with ample parking. Additional destinations along the drive include:

  • Mount Washington Auto Road
  • Great Glen Trails
  • Wildcat Mountain
  • Glen Ellis Falls – Absolutely stunning! Short trek in and down a flight of granite stairs, but worth every step! In total, the path is 600 feet long and leads visitors to the 64-foot tall falls.
  • Crystal Cascades – This waterfall has a total vertical drop of over 90 feet, with the upper falls being in the range of 70 plus feet and the lower falls being over 25 feet. The trail crosses the Cutler River below the falls…a nice spot to snap a few photos from the bridge before seeing the gem on this short hike. There is a nice viewing area directly opposite the falls so the falls are very easy to photograph.

The Appalachian Trail crosses NH Route 16 here. Parking is available at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Visitor Center, where you will also find information, interpretation, restrooms, and a small store with gear and supplies.


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Scenic Train Rides

Cog Railway

The Mount Washington Cog Railway takes you to the top of Mount Washington on the world’s first mountain-climbing cog railway trains! During the 3-hour round trip, trains lay over at the summit for about an hour. Take in the breathtaking views of 5 states, the Atlantic Ocean, and southern Quebec. Or, you might experience why Mount Washington has a well-earned reputation as the home of the world’s worst weather!

The Mount Washington Cog takes you to the Mount Washington State Park summit. While on the summit, enjoy the visitor’s center, observation deck, food service, a gift shop, and weather museum.

Learn more at: https://www.thecog.com


Scenic train rides in the White Mountains at Attitash Mountain Village

Conway Scenic Railroad

Enjoy some of the most dramatic natural scenery in the East as you travel through spectacular Crawford Notch – past sheer bluffs cliffs, steep ravines, cascading brooks and streams, panoramic mountain vistas, across Frankenstein Trestle and Willey Brook Bridge – en route to Crawford or Fabyan stations.

On the Notch Train, you’ll travel on what was once the Maine Central Railroad’s famed Mountain Division line on tracks that were laid in the 1870s.

Included in the excursion is a layover at Crawford Station, across from Saco Lake (a small pond from which the mighty Saco River originates), and adjacent to the AMC’s Highland Center. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings.

There is a cash only snack bar on the train, and Coach passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches. You can eat on the train, or there are picnic tables next to Crawford Station.

Plan to board the train in North Conway or at The Attitash Station located at Attitash Mountain Village behind The Hospitality Building & Matty B’s Mountainside Cafe. Attitash Mountain Village is on Route 302 just 2.6 miles east of Bartlett village, opposite the road from the Attitash Mountain Resort ski area.

There are no provisions at the Attitash Station to accommodate guests who are mobility impaired.  Attitash passengers must be physically able to climb stairs and walk independently through cars to their designated seats.  Passengers who need boarding assistance should plan to board at the North Conway station.

Guests with prepaid tickets for Conway Scenic Railroad’s Mountaineer must be present on the Attitash Station loading platform no later than 12:10 pm to board the train. On days when guests have pre-purchased tickets on Mountaineer (to Crawford Notch) and have selected the Attitash Whistle Stop boarding option, the train will make a brief stop to load guests. On the return from Crawford Notch, the Mountaineer will pause at the Attitash Station at approximately 3:30pm for ticketed guests to depart from the train. Departing guests should listen for on-board announcements regarding this stop and should consult with the train crew regarding the correct door to exit the train.

Attitash Station boarding tickets must be purchased at least two hours prior to departure on the day of travel or the train will not make the Attitash stop. Passengers who have purchased Attitash Station tickets will receive their paper tickets from the train crew at the time of boarding at the Attitash Station.

Learn more at: Conway Scenic Railroad

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Tax-Free Shopping

Tax-free shopping is one of the top activities on a trip to the Mount Washington Valley. It’s no wonder why when you consider the hundreds of shopping options from name brand outlets at Settlers Green, to North Conway Village boutiques and specialty shops, plus a visit to quaint Jackson Village for more.

Tax-free shopping in the White Mountains near Attitash Mountain Village

Settler’s Green Outlet Village
The North Conway Outlets offer tax-free shopping at more than 60 stores including New Balance Factory Store, Coach Factory and American Eagle Outfitters. Settler’s Green presents year-round family events, plus there are great places to eat on-site and free Wi-Fi. You can save 30%-60% every day. See a map of the Outlet Village at http://www.settlersgreen.com/shop/maps – Located at 2 Common Court, North Conway, NH 03860.

Settlers Crossing
Stores include the LL Bean Outlet Store and Eastern Mountain Sports. Get savings of up to 50% savings every day on discontinued, end-of-season and overstocked items with the legendary LL Bean guarantee. Eastern Mountain Sports offers outdoor gear and equipment for sports and adventure, including gear for camping, hiking, climbing, kayaking, cycling, and snow sports, plus apparel. – Located at 1498 White Mountain Highway North Conway, NH 03860.

Settlers Green Streetside
Settler’s Green Streetside is the destination for the avid shopper. Offering tax-free shopping at a variety of stores including Columbia, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Francesca’s, Skechers, and Think Kitchen, you are sure to find savings and deals that cannot be matched! Once you’ve shopped your heart out, grab a bite to eat at Barley & Salt Tap House and Kitchen. Featuring an extensive draft beer list, “street food” menu, and an upscale environment, this restaurant has something for everybody!

Specialty Shops Beyond the Outlets

Valley Artisans and Vintage Market
Located in Conway, you’ll find antiques, restored furniture, home decor and more. Located at 328 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH

Zeb’s General Store
Two floors of New England charm. You’ll find sweet treats, gourmet foods, locally produced maple syrup, hand made crafts and great gift ideas for all occasions. Located on Main Street in North Conway Village.

League of NH Craftsmen
Here you’ll find upscale artisan jewelry, clothing, sculptures and pottery. The gallery features contemporary and traditional fine crafts by over 200 of NH’s finest artists and craftsmen.

Shopping in North Conway Village, North Conway, New Hampshire

While North Conway is famous for its outlet stores, you’ll find several other interesting shops in Jackson Village.

Ravenwood Curio Shoppe
Find an eclectic mix of garden sculptures, pottery, paper, vases, bird baths, brass and copper items, and more. This is your place to find oddities and rarities. Find them at 60 Main Street, Jackson, NH 03846.

Museum of White Mountain Art
Operated by the Jackson Historical Society, the gallery features research archives and 19th century collections of art, as well as selected pieces by the best contemporary artists. Located in the old Town Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Find it at 23 Black Mountain Road, Jackson, NH 03846.

Flossie’s General Store & Gift Emporium
Here you’ll find a wide assortment of items for purchase, from caps to ornaments and books to furniture and antiques. If you find something you love but can’t fit it in your car, they do ship either USPS or UPS Ground. Some popular merchandise includes maple sugar candy. It is named after the former town clerk and school teacher, Flossie Thurston Giles, who passed away in 2005. Find it at Route 16A, Jackson, NH 03846 (right next to the covered bridge in Jackson).

White Mountain Photography
At the gallery, you’ll find stunning photographs of White Mountain scenery and wildlife for displaying in your home or office, plus abstract and travel images from the world afar. Dana was recognized in 2013 with two of his images in a National Geographic Travel Contest chosen as “Editor’s Picks”. Find his gallery at 95 Main Street, Jackson Village, NH.

Jackson Art Gallery
This gallery features an eclectic mix of contemporary, cutting age work from local artists and artisans producing watercolor monotype, mixed media collage, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, cards, scarves, handbags, prints and home furnishings. You can find paintings of our local landscape. The gallery is open Saturdays from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, other days by appointment or chance. Find them at 155 Ridge Road, Jackson NH 03846.

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Waterfalls

No where in New England are waterfalls as abundant and accessible for viewing. Year-round there are great options for seeing and photographing amazing falls.

Waterfalls in the White Mountains near Attitash Mountain Village

Sabbaday Falls:
This natural surface (dirt) trail leads to a picturesque series of cascades in a narrow flume. There are three drops in the falls, pretty pools and a pothole formed by the swirling waters. You can’t swim here, but it‘s a great spot for pictures. There is a mini loop above the falls with wooden stairs and rails.

Directions: Take the Kancamagus Highway from Conway. The Sabbaday Falls Picnic Area is about 3.5 miles west of where Bear Notch Road joins the Kanc. The falls are a short 0.33-mile hike in.


Flume Cascade and Silver Cascade:
These falls are easily viewable from the car, but you can get close for a better look.

Directions: On Route 302, just below Crawford Notch Depot.


Jackson Falls:
These are one of the popular swimming holes for locals and tourist on a hot summer day. Easily accessible, and part of the federally-designated and protected wild and scenic Wildcat River, they offer wonderful pools and small falls. A few picnic tables and benches offer the perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty and sounds of the running water.

Directions: Take Carter Notch Road about 3/10 mile from Route 16A in Jackson.


Diana’s Baths:
This series of small falls and pools offer a great place to cool off in the summer. You’ll walk about ½ mile in, following a well-marked trail to find them. Boulders and picnic tables offer relaxing spots to stay awhile.

Directions: Access the trailhead from a parking area located on West Side Road, about a half-mile beyond the point where West Side Road turns toward Conway.

Be aware: The popularity of this site in summer has led to parking problems along West Side Road, and parking is no longer permitted along the roadside outside the trailhead parking area. If the parking area is full, it’s best to go elsewhere and save this small hike for another day.


Glen Ellis Falls:
The Ellis River plunges 64 feet to the basin below in a torrent of white water here. Make sure to stop and read the signs that describe the geology and history of the area.

Directions: The turn-off to the falls is 0.7 miles south of Pinkham Notch on Route 16. This is also the parking area for the Glen Boulder and Wildcat Ridge Trails. A tunnel takes you to the other side of the highway where you turn right to reach the falls. It’s a relatively easy 0.2-mile walk to the falls.


Crystal Cascade:
This is a two-tiered spectacular fall, with a dramatic 60-foot wall of water, followed by a 20-foot plunge, ending with the river making a 90 degree turn at the bottom.

Directions: Park at the AMC Pinkham Notch Camp and take the path on the left of the Trading Post — the Tuckerman Ravine Trail. The falls are a 0.3-mile walk up.


Thompson Falls:
This is actually a series of falls along Thompson Brook at Wildcat Ski Area. The views to Mount Washington from the highest ledge are worth the trip.

Directions: Take Route 16 to Wildcat Ski Area. To reach the falls, take the “Way of Wildcat” Nature Trail from the ski area’s parking lot. At the far end of the trail loop, you’ll find the path to the falls. It’s a 0.7-mile easy trek to the falls.


Arethusa Falls:
Measuring in at about 176 feet, these are the highest single falls in New Hampshire. A bonus here is Bemis Brook Falls, Fawn Pool and Coliseum Falls can all be visited at the same time.

Directions: Take Route 302 from North Conway toward Bretton Woods and look for Crawford Notch State Park entrance. Turn onto a paved road just beyond the park and park on the short side road below the railroad tracks. The trail starts to the left of the private road above the railroad tracks and it’s about 1.3 miles to the falls (2 miles if you take the trail to Bemis Brook Falls, Coliseum Falls and Fawn Pool).


Ripley Falls and Kendron Flume:
An easy hike with swimming holes at the top of the falls and pools upstream. It’s not safe, however, to climb the face of the falls.

Directions: The Arethusa-Ripley Falls trail is off Route 302 at the old Wiley House station.



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