Waterfalls Within 10 Miles of The Mountain Club on Loon
The White Mountains of New Hampshire aren’t only the grandest range in New England: They’re also host to some of the richest waterfall-viewing opportunities in the country.
As a guest here at The Mountain Club on Loon, the fabulous horsetail plunges, pour-offs, whitewater chutes, and cascades of the Whites are yours to enjoy on unforgettable sightseeing daytrips from your slopeside lodging. In fact, an impressive lineup of waterfalls are within a mere 10-mile radius of our Loon Mountain resort. Here’s a survey of just some of them, in the White Mountain National Forest and other protected lands in our ridiculously scenic neighborhood.
Accessed right in nearby Lincoln, New Hampshire, Georgiana Falls is really just a stone’s throw (and a bit of boulder-hopping) away. Situated in the Second Presidential State Forest, the well-known main or lower falls marks a 20-foot cascading plunge of Harvard Brook, with a marvelous pool at the base. Venturing upstream leads you to the less-visited, equally magical twin waterfalls of Upper Georgiana Falls (also called Harvard Falls).
Franconia Falls in the White Mountain National Forest encompasses a handsome 30-foot main drop on Franconia Brook amid a wonderland of outcrops, ledges, and flumes. It’s a roughly six-mile round-trip hike, but an easy one suitable for a wide range of abilities, and multiple swimmable pools—swimmable, that is, when the water’s not raging high—await you.
Falls In & Around Franconia Notch State Park
The spectacular natural scenery of Franconia Notch State Park is basically right in our front yard here at The Mountain Club on Loon. This defining landscape of the White Mountains includes a number of gorgeous waterfalls and cascades. Take the Falling Waters Trail, for example, to marvel at 15-foot Stair Falls, 60-foot Swiftwater Falls, and—mightiest of all—Cloudland Falls, an 80-foot-tall horsetail.
Then there’s the Basin-Cascade Trail, which leads to postcard-perfect Kinsman Falls and Rocky Glenn Falls en route to Lonesome Lake.
Multiple wildwater features enliven the famous Flume Gorge, meanwhile, including stunning 45-foot Avalanche Falls and the long careen of Liberty Cascade.
Beaver Brook Cascades
Hike a short ways up the flanks of 4,802-foot Mount Moosilauke for a pilgrimage to Beaver Brook Cascades, a wonderful lineup of different kinds of pour-offs, fans, and sluices along Beaver Brook. Hardy hikers can trek farther to reach the Moosilauke summit, though that’s a 7.6-mile round-trip undertaking involving more than 3,000 feet of elevation gain: one of the best, if toughest, day hikes in New Hampshire.
Go Waterfall Hunting on a Mountain Club on Loon Getaway
The above falls are a mere sampling of the spectacular natural water features you can take in firsthand on a stay with us here at The Mountain Club on Loon. Some other truly magnificent examples, not least the celebrated Sabbaday Falls along the Kancamagus Scenic Byway, are within easy reach as well. You can learn a lot more about these natural wonders over at New England Waterfalls. Make it a goal to visit a different waterfall (or three) on every Mountain Club visit!