Dry River Falls


Dry River Falls is a spectacular waterfall located in Cutts Grant, New Hampshire. The captivating waterfall has a total height of 45 feet and it can be found along the Dry River, hence its name. Dry River flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms. Considering the water flow is often greatest in the spring, the months of March, April, and May are recommended for visitors. That said, Dry River Falls is truly a great spot to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of horsetails, cascades, and a fan. The upper section of the falls consists of 20 feet of horsetails and cascades. The lower section of the waterfall features a spectacular 25-foot fan. 

A somewhat sizable but chilly swimming hole can be found at the base of the main falls. Since the Dry River is notorious for its turbulence, swimming here is only secure during low water. Unfortunately, there is no beachy area to help you ease into the water because the majority of the pool’s rim is rocky and rough. There is also a pothole above the falls, but it is only passable in the lowest levels of water. Dry River Falls is a good swimming place overall.

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy. The waterfall is located in the White Mountain National Forest which features a sensational trail system. Visitors can park at the Dry River Trailhead along NH-302 and then hike 5 miles along the Dry River Trail to the falls. The elevation gain is 1,257 feet. Overall, the route is rated as moderate. Dogs are allowed on the trail and at the waterfall.

Looking for more awesome waterfalls in New Hampshire to explore? Check out our full list of New Hampshire waterfalls.


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 45 feet
  • Type: Horsetails, cascades, and a fan
  • Water Source: Dry River
  • Swimming: Good

Dry River Falls Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: Crawford Notch Road / NH-302
  • Town: Cutts Grant
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.219942, -71.333502
  • Parking Notes: Parking is available at the Dry River Trailhead located along Crawford Notch Road which is also known as NH-302.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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