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.
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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