New England Waterfalls seem to have a character all their own. In addition to being in some remarkably Naturesque forests (where we just so happened to catch them at or near the peak of the Fall colors), there also seemed to be a certain colonial charm not commonly found in other parts of the country.
So it was with this in mind that Julie and I felt like we had to somehow pay homage to the waterfalls seen in this area (where they weren’t getting the love in other parts of this website). And we did this by coming up with this list of the Top 10 Best New England Waterfalls.
By the way, we’re going by the common definition of New England as basically the states that are further east of New York. So that includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Like I’ve said before on the other top 10 lists that we keep, it is not an easy task to come up with just ten as we know some very deserving waterfalls would likely be left off this list. Still, we had to keep it at ten so lists like this don’t get too ridiculously long.
In any case, we’re also limiting our list to just the New England Waterfalls that we’ve personally visited so I’m sure some deserving waterfalls that we just hadn’t had a chance to visit would get left out.
Hopefully, Julie and I will have an opportunity to come back to this charming corner of the country, where we could further augment and/or solidify the choices in here while also getting that dose of colonial charm all over again.
So without further ado, here are the Top 10 New England Waterfalls in reverse order…
This was one of those border waterfalls between Connecticut and Massachusetts.
We actually had to hike from one state to the other in order to descend down to this attractive falls, but as you can see from the photo, this two-tiered 50ft falls was definitely worth the effort and it was tripod-friendly to boot.
This waterfall was also seemingly off the beaten path as it was well-hidden in old growth forest so peace and tranquility were what we got from our visit.
We simply couldn’t ask for more from an understated waterfall like this so it just made total sense to include this falls on our list of top New England Waterfalls.
Not only did this waterfall feature an attractive cascade fronting a large family-friendly picnic area complete with covered bridge and a large lawn (perfect for that lazy afternoon just spending time with loved ones), but it also allowed us to go on a little more of an adventure climbing higher on the developed trail to check out the waterfall’s other tiers.
It all culminated in an impressive vertical drop at the top of its series of plunges.
So adding up all these things that the falls had going for it, Julie and I had to nudge this falls onto our list of Top 10 New England Waterfalls.
Of all the similarly-rated waterfalls in the New England area, this thin cascade stood over the other contenders that just got left off the list mostly because of the immersion of Fall colors flanking it as you can see in the photo.
Of all the waterfalls that we had visited in New England, this was by far the easiest to visit as well as the one that benefited the most from the exploding Fall colors.
Speaking of convenience, we had to share the falls with dozens of other people along a high speed highway, but taking the good with the bad, it somehow wouldn’t feel right if we had left this falls off the list so here we go with it making this list of our top New England Waterfalls.
This waterfall happened to be one of two waterfalls in the state of Vermont with the same name. But what we liked about this waterfall was its size as well as its character.
And given its somewhat close proximity to the Canadian border, we even shared a moment at the falls with some Quebecois French Canadians.
The view you see in this photo of the entirety of the 125ft falls was pretty much look-but-don’t-touch, and in order to get closer to the falls, a very steep and dangerous scramble would have to be done.
So we resisted the temptation and were happy with the views, and even with the somewhat distant experience, it still was good enough to stand on this list.
Of all the waterfalls on our list of top NE waterfalls, this one perhaps required the greatest sense of adventure.
Not only did I have to find my way through parts of the Appalachian Trail, but even finding the trailhead in a remote part of Maine could be an adventure on its own as well.
But the benefit for all the trouble? Two fair-sized waterfalls as well as a handful of smaller ones in between.
On top of all that, there was the solitude of just being in Nature well off the beaten track to other attractions in the state of Maine.
While the photo you see here was great for photographs, one of the other waterfalls could be more of a swimming hole on a hot day.
It was a mild Autumn day when I showed up so the Autumn foliage definitely added to the overall experience.
Sum it all up and I just had to make room for this falls on this list.
Julie and I remembered this waterfall for being one of those that we squeezed in late in the day just before the sun had set.
Even with our late start, we couldn’t believe how many people were still checking out the falls, and after doing the trail that took us to its brink as well as its base, we saw for ourselves how this 64ft falls impressed us with its flow as well as the chance at seeing it juxtaposed with beautiful Fall colors surrounding it.
It was actually a good thing that we got the late start so I could take long exposed photos of it with the even lighting, and its photogenic nature definitely helped its case to belong on this list of top New England waterfalls.
Even though this waterfall, which was steeped in Native American legend, was modest in size at about 80ft, the pictures simply didn’t do it justice.
When Julie, Tahia, and I saw this falls in person, we were simply pleasantly surprised at its flow, its character, the color and clarity of the plunge pool, and the Fall colors surrounding it.
Of course with the strong flow of the falls, we had to keep an eye out on our daughter to keep her from getting close to the water, and we happened to visit the falls from the Massachusetts approach, which turned out to be harder than the flatter New York approach (yep this was pretty much a Massachusetts waterfall situated very close to the state border).
Add it all up, and we were simply immersed in Nature, which is how waterfalling should be, and thus deserves a spot on our NE list.
This waterfall was one of the more photogenic waterfalls we’ve encountered in New England. As you can see from the photo, it possessed a lot of character, especially when photographed in long exposure.
And while it was one of those look-but-don’t-touch waterfalls, there was no denying its size and its position as it was surrounded by brilliant Fall colors even if our visit happened to be late enough in the day that the entire gorge was in shadow.
We could only imagine how much more colorful the scene would’ve been had we been here a few hours earlier, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that we thought highly enough of this falls to place it pretty high up on our list.
This very tall waterfall (we’ve seen conflicting accounts saying that it could be as short as 125ft or as tall as 200ft) was definitely our favorite waterfall in the state of New Hampshire, which itself was no slouch in terms of its collection of waterfalls within its state boundary.
But dimensions aside, what really stood out to Julie and I about this falls was the Fall colors as you can see in the photo.
Plus, we managed to see a few other waterfalls further down in the gorge (which actually turned out to be a harder trail than the default trail going straight to the main waterfall from the trailhead).
Speaking of which, just getting to this falls required a bit of a hike, so we had to earn it.
But that all just made our experience that much more rewarding, and it embodied the best of Nature in the New England area.
It was a long drive along the Old Canada Road going from Maine all the way up into Quebec, but fittingly, there was this waterfall to help break it up.
In addition to its fortunate position in the heart of seemingly remote woodlands (so we were assured of a very naturesque experience complete with surprise wildlife sightings and tranquility), we also benefitted from the juxtaposition of Autumn colors with this gushing 90ft falls.
Speaking of its flow, it was a year-round waterfall that seemingly epitomized the best of the waterfalls in the New England area let alone the state of Maine.
It was a tremendous send-off as we were leaving the USA for Canada on our New England trip, and boy did it set the bar high for those Eastern Canada Waterfalls to live up to.
Hence, Julie and I had no problems putting this one at the top spot.
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Below are a few more Top 10 lists of the waterfalls we’ve visited.
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