About Silver Cascade
Silver Cascade was one of the few true roadside waterfalls we managed to see during our New England trip in the Autumn of 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.
While the falls had a lofty height figure, it tumbled in multiple cascading stages as suggested by its name.
Nevertheless, it was pretty clear that this waterfall was a must see photo stop, especially in light of the peak of Fall colors during our visit.
As a result, the lemmings effect was very evident as many motorists would pull over and see what the commotion was about.
However, as I tout Silver Cascade’s convenient access, I did find the sound of cars whooshing by (probably going above the speed limit) a bit unnerving as we stood so close to the highway itself.
So that fear of becoming roadkill tempered our desire to linger here a bit longer.
We ended up spending about 10 minutes away from the car, which was enough time to snap a few photos with as many different compositions as we could think of.
Silver Cascade resides in the White Mountain National Forest near North Conway in Carroll County, New Hampshire. It is administered by the US Forest Service. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.
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.
There was a large parking area on the left side of the highway before the bridge over the creek 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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