There are over 100 waterfalls in the White Mountains, and more in the nearby Lakes Region. Some like Silver and Flume Cascades are easily seen from the road, while others require a hike.
Here are several waterfalls that are near Nordic Village Resort:
Beside Carter Notch Road, off Rt. 16A near the center of Jackson Village. Very accessible, these roadside falls are popular for swimming, picnics, sunbathing – even weddings. The falls are created by the rushing waters of the Wildcat River, the first federally designated “Wild and Scenic River” in New Hampshire.
.5 mile from the turnoff to Cathedral Ledge on West Side Road, Bartlett. 200 yards of granite terraces. An easy .5 mile walk in takes you to cascading falls, waterspouts and granite basins along Lucy Brook.
Glen Ellis Falls
Turn off .7 mile south of Pinkham Notch on Rt. 16; use the parking area for the Glen Boulder and Wildcat Ridge trails A pedestrian tunnel take you to the other side of the highway where you turn right and walk .2 mile to the falls. 65 ft. high, for the most dramatic view, follow the footpath down steep stone steps.
Silver & Flume Cascades; Beecher & Peal Cascades; Gibb Falls
North of Rt. 302 in Crawford Notch.
Flume and Silver Cascades can be seen from your car window, but to really appreciate them, take a closer look. Two large lots provide ample parking.
To reach Beecher and Pearl Cascades, park behind the Crawford Depot (further west on Rt. 302) and make the easy .4 mile hike in beginning on the Avalon Trail, then follow signs.
If you’d like to see Gibb falls, head up the Crawford Path to 35 ft. Gibb Falls, which begins across Rt. 302 from the Crawford Depot for a .4 mile hike.
Thompson’s Falls & Emerald Pool
A series of falls along Thompson Brook at Wildcat Ski Area, Rt. 16 Pinkham Notch.
To reach the falls, take the Way of the Wildcat Nature Trail from the ski area’s parking lot; at the far end of the trail’s loop, you’ll find the path to the falls. Stay on the east side of the brook when you cross the service road which leads to parking lot C. It’s an easy .7 mile trek to the falls. If you follow the path to the right on the first waterfall, across the ledges to the north side of the brook and continue on to a high ledge, you’ll discover fabulous views of Mt. Washington.
Here are a couple of links to help you start exploring: