Champney Falls


Champney Falls is a beautiful 70-foot-tall waterfall located in the White Mountain National Forest near the town of Albany, New Hampshire. The waterfall drops 70 feet over several sections. The lower section of the waterfall drops about 15 feet tall and the upper section drops 55 feet. Champney Falls consists of plunges, horsetails, and cascades. This stunning waterfall was named after Benjamin Champney, a famous painter known for his role in White Mountain art of the 19th century.  He loved painting waterfalls especially.

The Champney Falls Trail is a 3.1-mile out-and-back trail that is very popular in the spring. The trail is rated as moderate and it is well-marked and well-maintained. The first half of the trail is rather flat, but then it gets more challenging due to the incline and small boulders. It never goes beyond moderate though, so it is great for kids and dogs! Dogs are allowed to hike the Champney Falls Trail on a leash.

Don’t miss out on seeing Pitcher Falls which is a 35-foot plunge located just 100 feet away!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 70-foot total drop
  • Type: Plunges, horsetails, and cascades
  • Water source: Champney Brook
  • Swimming: Poor swimming

Champney Falls Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: Kancamagus Highway
  • Town: Albany
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 43.97288 Lng -71.28146
  • Parking Notes: There are about 50 parking spaces at the trailhead parking lot just off the Kancamagus Highway. There is a self-service pay station that collects a small parking fee.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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