Silver Cascade

Carroll County / White Mountain National Forest / Crawford Notch / Harts Location, New Hampshire, USA

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 1
Silver Cascade

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INTRODUCTION

Silver Cascade was one of the few true roadside waterfalls we managed to see during our New England trip in 2013. Given its ease of accessibility, Julie and I remembered seeing numerous other people flanked on both sides of Hwy 302 to get their photos of this attractive 250ft waterfall. Many of these people used tripods while others carefully crossed the road (trying not to become roadkill in the process) then scrambled below the highway to get closer to the various stages of the falls.

The cascade itself was pretty impressive, especially for such an easily accessible waterfall in the New England area. However, it was really the bright Autumn colors surrounding the waterfall in the Crawford Notch vicinity of Mt Willard that truly made this a must see photo stop during our visit. With the peak of Fall colors in full effect, we could totally understand why the lemmings effect was evident given its immense popularity.

This really was a waterfall where we could do nothing more than to gawk at it (which was sufficient for our purposes). However, the unnerving sounds of cars and trucks whooshing by while we were standing so close to the highway to see the falls further incentivized us to not linger here for too long. So we ended up spending about 10 minutes away from the car, which was enough to snap a few photos with as many different compositions as we could think of. Speaking of cars, there were a pair of large parking lots with room for tour buses as well as for rental cars and private vehicles.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Looking at the full height of Silver Cascade.  Having strangers in the photo was the rule rather than the exception at this popular spot.Looking at the full height of Silver Cascade. Having strangers in the photo was the rule rather than the exception at this popular spot.
Silver Cascade was in a part of the White Mountains that was at the peak of Fall colors when we got there. This photo was taken near Glen Ellis Falls, which was not far from hereSilver Cascade was in a part of the White Mountains that was at the peak of Fall colors when we got there. This photo was taken near Glen Ellis Falls, which was not far from here
Looking back at one of the car parks for the Silver Cascade while still flanking the Hwy 302Looking back one of the car parks for the Silver Cascade while still flanking the Hwy 302

Looking across Hwy 302 at the Silver Cascade while other people went for a closer lookLooking across Hwy 302 at falls while other people went for a closer look

Closer look at the upper tiers of Silver Cascade.  Notice the people standing on the lower right, which provided a sense of scale for just how big this fraction of the falls wasCloser look at the upper tiers of the falls. Notice the people standing before the falls on the lower right, which provided a sense of scale for how big just this fraction of the falls was

Looking at the full height of Silver Cascade from the road bridge crossing over its creekLooking at the full height of the falls from the road bridge crossing over its creek

Focused in on the upper tiers of the falls while being accentuated by the beautiful Autumn foliageFocused in on the upper tiers of the falls while being accentuated by the beautiful Autumn foliage


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Top down sweep of the falls


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Silver Cascade was about 2.7 miles north of the Ripley Falls turnoff and about 5 miles north of the Arethusa Falls turnoff along Hwy 302. Its car park was on the left side of the highway as we faced north.

From North Conway (where we were staying), we drove about 8 miles to the north towards the Hwy 320/Hwy 16 junction at Bartlett. We then kept left and continued driving another 19.5 miles on Hwy 320 until we'd eventualy reach the parking lot for Silver Cascade.

For geographical context, North Conway was 11 miles west of Fryeburg, Maine, 42 miles (over an hour drive) east of Lincoln, 63 miles (90 minutes drive) northwest of Portland, Maine, 136 miles (over 2.5 hours drive) north of Boston, Massachusetts, and 214 miles (over 3.5 hours drive) southeast of Montreal, QC, Canada.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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