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New Hampshire Waterfalls


Waterfalls are natural wonders of beauty. Whether you are going out for a brisk hike or a day long adventure with your family, finding a waterfall in the middle of a forest is quite the treasure. The roar and vibrations of the constantly falling water invigorates your senses. At the same time, the misty splash where the falls pools at its base gives waterfalls a magical feel. Yet there is a very real science related to the formation of waterfalls.

How Waterfalls are Created

According to National Geographic, waterfalls, which are also known as cascades, are created via erosion. As a constantly flowing waterway wears away at the earth base, a waterfall is started. However, to make a waterfall come into full glory, the erosion must occur at the point where a soft and hard rock base meet, aka the fall line. While the softer rock is worn away with erosion, the hard rock remains at the point of drop-off for a waterfall. Waterfalls that have caves hidden behind the falling water are the result of extreme erosion of the rock and sediment beneath the waters.

Exploring Waterfalls in New Hampshire

Here in New Hampshire, you have quite the variety of waterfalls that are waiting to be explored. Take a hike to a waterfall with your family as a hands-on way to introduce the laws of earth science. Additionally, waterfalls and their surrounding pools and landscapes encourage a healthy respect and appreciation of nature. For example, at Diana’s Bath, located in North Conway on West Side Road, you will find a cascading falls that reach a height of 75 feet. The waterfalls feature water flowing from Lucy Brook from Big Attitash Mountain.

Another prize waterfall in New Hampshire is Ripley Falls in Carroll county at Crawford Notch State Park. Be amazed at the 100 foot height of this avalanche brook-fed waterfall. Other waterfalls that are located within Crawford Notch State Park include Arethusa Falls, Gibbs Falls, Pearl Cascades, Flume Cascade, Silver Cascade, and Beecher Cascades. Giant Falls in Coos county is a horsetail waterfall with a magnificent 350 foot drop. In White Mountain National Forest, there are plunges and cascades that make up the waterfalls on the Falling Water Trail.

Vacationing in New Hampshire

For your next outdoor excursion to see waterfalls and cascades in New Hampshire, make a vacation out of it. Stonehurst Manor offers an ideal location for preparing for hikes to waterfalls in the area. Additionally, this <a href=””>North Conway Bed & Breakfast</a> is the perfect place to rest your head after a long day of hiking. Your body and mind will be rejuvenated after a stay in this scenic New Hampshire spot.

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