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.

Flume Gorge

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!

Bingham Falls

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!

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  1. Wow! What gorgeous waterfalls, and beautiful pictures as well as videos of the waterfalls. Interesting to read the “course” of travel to get to each waterfall!

  2. I love forests and waterfalls, these are beautiful! Thanks for the info on how to find them, I’ll try to look for them when I travel in that part of the world. #FeetDoTravel

  3. New England waterfalls are the best especially in the fall. My favorite is the Moss Green Falls which looks amazing with the changing of the leaves. My next trip up the Eastern States, I must definitely visit these waterfalls. Thanks for sharing. #feetdotravel

  4. All 3 hikes look gorgeous! The farthest up to New England I’ve ever been to is New York. I never knew we even had waterfalls in the U.S.! I know that’s silly, but I didn’t. I would love to visit these waterfalls.

  5. Some of my favorite hiking trails have ended at waterfalls. Waterfalls have such an amazing payoff after you work so hard hiking. I love taking a break and listening to the water. You’re videos make me want to go chase a waterfall now!

  6. I love New England, and getting off the beaten path of her biggest cities is always the best. What a great way to see this gorgeous part of the country!

  7. Wow, these are lovely waterfalls! By coincidence, this week I’ve been looking at places to stay in Vermont to see the changing leaves in the fall. Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch are on my list to check out. I’m so pleased to know these wonderful hikes are in the area!

  8. As a native New Englander, I really appreciate this post! I’ve actually never been to any of these waterfalls but Stowe is one of my favorite locations in New England so I am adding to my list for my next visit!

  9. As New England has so many amazing things to see and do which is full of natural beauty, then I adding this to my wishlist. I love to see fall foliage, scenic mountain overlooks, quaint towns, and country farms, and so going for a road trip to New England would be my choice too. Moss Glenn falls look beautiful as it is surrounded by leaves and lovely stream of water amidst it. Thanks for sharing some beautiful offbeat place to us.

  10. I’m a New Englander and will definitely be sure to check out several of these sites come spring! I drive past the signs for the Flume every time I go to Bethlehem NH to visit friends and keep meaning to stop. Thanks for giving me a glimpse of what I’ve been missing…I’m definitely stopping next time!

  11. I never knew that we had waterfalls like this in the New England area. I love how beautiful they are. Thanks for sharing as I will definitely be adding these to our list of places to visit when we are up that. You videos really do show the beauty everyone can explore.

  12. I would totally go waterfalls chasing in New England! I love walking the trails, hearing the sounds and feeling the mist of the waterfalls. I’ve heard so many things about beautiful New England, I’d love to visit some time. Franconia Notch State Park looks so lovely. What’s the best time of the year to visit these parks?

  13. There’s little that can beat chasing waterfalls is there? I was lucky enough to visit the mother of all falls last year -Iguazu Falls. I think they’re hard to beat, but these look so pretty, especially with the backdrop of the colourful foliage.

  14. What an incredible sight it must have been to see these waterfalls in person. A stroll through Franconia Notch State Park to the Flume Gorge sounds perfect – it somehow reminded me of our visit to Gorner Gorge in Zermatt. Thanks for the tip regarding the recommended footwear for these walks. These waterfalls absolutely look like a must-see on a road trip through New England.

  15. New England is indeed a treasure house of places with scenic beauty! I would love to do this road trip to explore these waterfalls. Did you have to hike through difficult paths to reach the falls? Saving your blog for my future trips. 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks so much for the save! No, the hikes are all pretty easy. Maybe a few steep or slick spots here and there, but totally manageable! Enjoy!

  16. This was so fun to read. I live in New England and have only seen one of these waterfalls. Better make a road trip!

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