Glen Ellis Falls is a jewel in Pinkham Notch. The parking area is a 9 miles drive north from the inn on Route 16 along the Ellis River. Take the well-marked .2 mile trail under the highway and climb down the series of stone steps to reach the vantage point at the base of the 65 foot high falls.
Franconia Falls a series of slides, pools, and cascades over a bank of Conway Granite, is easily accessed year around by foot, mountain bike, snowshoes or cross-country skis. The falls are located at the end of one of the flattest walking trails in the White Mountains about 3.4 miles from the trailhead along Route 112 (4.7 miles east of Lincoln), about an hour from the inn.
Flume Gorge in Franconia Notch State Park, a little over an hour’s drive from the inn, is well-known for its scenery including Avalanche Falls, Liberty Gorge Cascades, The Pool, glacial boulders, and a covered bridge. All can be viewed from the easy two mile loop hike through the State Park.
The Ellis River rises on the eastern slopes of Mt. Washington. Flowing south, it is joined by the Cutler River and cascades over Glen Ellis Falls at Pinkham Notch before continuing into the village of Jackson and past the inn through a gradually widening valley. South of Jackson the river drops over a dam at Goodrich Falls and joins the Saco River near the village of Glen.
Diana’s Baths ~ An easy .5 mile walk in takes you to the 200 yards of cascading falls, waterspouts and granite terraces and basins along Lucy Brook. The beginning of the hike is .5 mile from the turnoff to Cathedral Ledge on West Side Road, about 5 miles from the inn.
Crystal Cascade ~ The Cutler River drops 80 feet to form the dramatic and photogenic Crystal Cascade. The 0.3 mile trail is a steady, at times somewhat steep climb that begins behind the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center parking lot, just 12 miles north of the inn on Route 16.
Champney Falls are named for Benjamin Champney, famous White Mountain Artist (1817-1907). The Falls are best seen in spring and early summer when the water is highest. Beautiful ice flows can be seen in winter. The trail begins at a parking lot on Route 112, about 10 miles west of Conway, and follows the easy grade of an old logging road along Champney Brook where a loop trail branches off to Champney and Pitcher Falls. The hike to the falls and back is about 3 miles, or continue on the more challenging trail to climb the north ridge of Mt. Chocorua.
Beaver Brook Falls are some of the farthest away from the inn, located near the Canadian border and the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, but are easily viewed without a hike. The falls are about 70 feet tall, dropping over a jagged ledge of the Waits River Formation, a large dark quartzite. They can be viewed from a wayside picnic area about 2.5 miles east of Colebrook, NH.
The Basin is located in Franconia Notch, not far from the former site of the “Old Man in the Mountain”. Called the “Old Man’s Foot Basin”, it is only .1 mile from the parking area off I-93. The Pemigewasset River flows through a narrow chute, constantly stirring the pool below in a clockwise direction. The result is a deep, circular pool carved in the granite. Continuing another mile on the trail will bring you the bonus of Kinsman Falls and Rocky Glen Falls.
Avalanche Falls can be found in Franconia Notch State Park on the western side of the White Mountains off I-93. The boardwalk portion of an easy 2 mile loop hike provides excellent views of the beautiful falls. The State Park is reached by a scenic drive of about 75 minutes from the inn.
Arethusa Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in NH. Bemis Brook plunges over granite cliffs about 160 feet high, creating the longest single drop in NH. The falls are about a one hour, moderate hike each way, although you can extend the hike to Frankenstein Cliffs for more mountain views. The falls are located off Route 302 about a 20 minute drive west from the inn.