New England is chock full of amazing things to see and do. From fall foliage, scenic mountain overlooks, quaint towns, and country farms, it seems deciding what to see and do is a never-ending list of possibilities. Planning our fall road trip, it was clear that we were going to have plenty of things to choose from. One thing was certain – we wanted to see some great waterfalls along the way. After doing some research, we narrowed down the list to a few that we would cross on our route through the region. We were not disappointed by what we saw! The three following waterfalls are beautiful, all found by wandering into the backwoods of New England.
When we were researching places to see during the course of our trip, I stumbled across Franconia Notch State Park which is the home to Flume Gorge. This waterfall may have been my favorite. We found this park and waterfall along the scenic Kancamagus Highway in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. There is an admission fee to get into the park, but it is well worth it. The boardwalk path traverses over granite rock formations as you work your way into the deep gorge and toward the waterfall. It is beautiful! Beyond the waterfall, there are plenty of trails for easy hiking with scenic over looks and a great variety of fragile ecological plants. The geological history here is fascinating!
Located between the town of Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort, this waterfall is a little hard to find at first. We drove by the area it is located in a few different times to no avail. Eventually, we found a parking area and decided to pull over there to check our location and proximity. Here, we happened upon a small sign with directions to the falls. Cross the busy highway, take a short 10 minute walk through a dense Vermont forest and you are there! The portion of the path nearest the falls is steep with slick moss-covered rocks. Be sure to wear good footwear and take your time. This lovely waterfall plunges 25 feet straight into a secluded pool!
Moss Glen Falls
We hit the road out of Stowe, Vermont in the morning to find this waterfall, and had the whole place to ourselves. The walk to this beauty is wet, muddy, and steep in some spots. Be prepared that a portion of this walkway is made out of thin wooden planks with a lot of bounce, barely keeping your feet out of the puddles below them. Drawing closer, it feels like climbing up just another hill in the middle of a forest. We wondered if we were on the right trail. Once you crest the top of the hill, Moss Glen Falls suprisingly meanders 125 feet down the opposite hillside. Test your balance while jumping from rock to rock toward the falls.
While none of these waterfalls are extremely difficult to access, some of them can have a few challenges. The paths vary from slick, rocky, steep inclines/declines, and even stairs. So, be sure to have good footwear! Just a short walk in the woods gets you to each of these places. Take some time to smell the fresh mountain air, hear the breeze through the trees, and let the excitement build as you work towards the rushing water. This is a great active way to break up time in the car and experience how awesome nature is!
Think you’ll go chasing these New England waterfalls?