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|| New Hampshire
||25-foot total drop
|BEST TIME TO VISIT:
||May to October
||Page 39, G-12 (marked)
|INCLUDED IN BOOK:
||Yes (Included in appendix with limited information)
|COST TO VISIT:
This waterfall is known for its strong white-water-kayaking encouraging currents. The Pemigewasset River is a very large water source that has housed many dams and mills over the years for producing clean energy. The cascades are consistently wide and violent through the gorge found here, and you definitely do not want to get caught in them. If you choose to swim in the calmer currents above the falls, make sure to stay far away from the stronger currents on the opposite side of the river from the swimmers beach.
The small beach at the head of the falls is a popular party spot, so families with children may want to avoid this one. It is a pretty spot, though, and certainly worth visiting.
The trail to the falls begins at the end of the parking area, currently marked by a white ?Campton History Society? sign for the falls. From the trailhead, follow a gravel road down as it turns into dirt and soon comes to a set of train tracks. Cross the tracks, bear left to re-enter the woods, and follow along a chain link fence. This path will bring you past fenced-in views of the falls on the right and eventually down to river level at the top of the falls, where you will find a surprisingly nice river beach area. If you explore to the right of this beach you will get the best view of the falls.
From I-93 in Campton, take exit 27 and follow signs to US 3. Take a right onto US 3 south and follow that road for 2.1 miles and there will be a two long dirt pull offs on the left. These pulls off are 1.2 miles north of the junction of NH 3, NH 3a & NH 25 in Plymouth. A small white sign between these pull offs currently signifies the destination. To get to Campton, take I-93 north from Concord or I-93 south from Lincoln.
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