Lincoln, New Hampshire

Nestled within the magnificent Flume Gorge, at the base of Mount Liberty in the White Mountain National Forest, lies the enchanting Avalanche Falls.

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Nestled within the magnificent Flume Gorge, at the base of Mount Liberty in the White Mountain National Forest, lies the enchanting Avalanche Falls. This picturesque waterfall, standing at an impressive height of about 45 feet, graces the landscape with its breathtaking plunges, horsetails, and cascades. Fed by the dynamic Flume Brook, Avalanche Falls experiences its most robust flow during the vibrant spring season and following heavy rainstorms.

Legend has it that the formation of Avalanche Falls can be attributed to the great storm of 1883, which carved this natural wonder into the heart of the forest. Today, this waterfall stands as a remarkable highlight of the Flume Gorge hike, captivating the hearts of all who encounter its beauty.

However, it's important to note that Avalanche Falls' popularity means it can get crowded. It can be challenging to capture photographs of the falls without fellow visitors in the frame. Visitors often move swiftly along the boardwalk trail due to the flow of the crowds. To escape some of the hustle and bustle, consider continuing your hike to the top of the falls. Here, you can relish a bird's-eye view of this mesmerizing 45-foot-tall plunge, allowing for a more intimate and tranquil experience.

The journey to this natural wonder begins at the end of the Flume Gorge, accessible via the Flume Gorge Trail. This trail, with its easy rating, spans 2.2 miles as a loop, guiding you through the enchanting forest and alongside the captivating waterfalls, including Avalanche Falls. To explore this natural oasis, visitors must purchase tickets to enter the Flume Gorge, which offers a range of amenities. These include the boardwalks built within the gorge, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the waterfalls, rocks, flowers, mosses, and ferns. Moreover, the iconic Flume Covered Bridge graces the park with its timeless charm.

Parking is made convenient with several spacious lots available at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center, conveniently located off the Daniel Webster Highway, also known as NH Route 93. From this central point, visitors can effortlessly access the trail leading to the captivating Avalanche Falls. Parking itself is free, but entrance to Flume Gorge, where Avalanche Falls resides, requires a fee. Tickets can be conveniently purchased online or at the ticket window. The pricing structure offers a discount for those who make online reservations in advance.

The Flume Gorge officially welcomes visitors from early May to late October each year. During off-hours and the off-season, the park is typically not staffed, comfort stations are unavailable, and gates may be closed. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution, possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and equipment, and assume all risks associated with outdoor recreational activities during the off-season. Throughout the winter, the Gorge is closed to hikers, and the boardwalks are removed. However, the Flume Gorge Trail remains accessible for those who seek a different kind of adventure.

Avalanche Falls, within the embrace of Flume Gorge, is a testament to the natural beauty and wonder of the White Mountain National Forest, offering visitors a truly unforgettable experience within the heart of nature's splendor.

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852 Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
44.100611, -71.668611
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Parking Notes:
There are several large parking lots at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center which give visitors access to Avalanche Falls. Parking is free, but there is a fee to visit Flume Gorge where Avalanche Falls is located.


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