Centennial Pool Falls

Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Centennial Pool Falls is a hidden waterfall tucked away in the scenic landscapes of Bethlehem, New Hampshire within Crawford Notch State Park.
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The Centennial Pool Falls is a hidden waterfall tucked away in the scenic landscapes of Bethlehem, New Hampshire. This charming waterfall, found along Cascade Brook, captivates the hearts of those who venture to discover its splendor.

With a total height of approximately 12 feet, the Centennial Pool Falls derives its name from its unique pool-like formation. The cascade is a tranquil and serene spot in the heart of the Crawford Notch State Park. Cascade Brook is at its mightiest during the spring, as the winter’s snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Although spring offers the ideal conditions to witness the falls at its full glory, Centennial Pool is a year-round attraction, each season bestowing its own special charm on this enchanting place.

The waterfall showcases a distinct formation primarily composed of cascades and small plunges, lending it a distinctive character. At the base of the primary drop, a small pool forms, adding to the picturesque beauty of the area. While the pool may be too small for swimming, it can serve as a refreshing spot for dogs to wade in and cool off.

Accessing this serene natural wonder is a straightforward endeavor, provided you know when to veer off the main trail. Located within the bounds of Crawford Notch State Park, the waterfall is part of a well-marked trail system. To embark on this scenic journey, visitors can park at the Crawford Notch Depot lot, conveniently situated along Crawford Notch Road. From there, the path leads along the Mount Willard trail, a delightful half-mile one-way hike to the falls. A short spur trail leads to the waterfall’s viewpoint, unveiling the beauty of Centennial Pool.

The Centennial Pool Waterfall trail is designed to be family-friendly, making it an excellent opportunity to combine a touch of hiking with the exploration of nature’s beauty. Furthermore, dog enthusiasts will be delighted to know that dogs are welcome on the trail and throughout the entirety of Crawford Notch State Park, provided they are leashed and their presence leaves no trace behind. Regardless of the season, whether it’s the tranquility of winter, the flowing beauty of spring, the warmth of summer, or the foliage of autumn, Centennial Pool Waterfall invites you to immerse yourself in its natural charm year-round.

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Address: Crawford Notch Road, Bethlehem, New Hampshire
Place GPS Coordinates: 44.214167, -71.417972
Parking GPS Coordinates: 44.214167, -71.417972
Parking Notes: The closest parking lot to the trailhead is the Crawford Notch Depot lot located along Crawford Notch Rd. Additional parking can be found around the AMC Highland Center.

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