Glen Ellis Falls is an extremely popular waterfall located in Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire within the White Mountain National Forest. The waterfall has a total height of 65feet and it can be found along Ellis River. Ellis River flows strongest during spring when the snow melts and after heavy rainstorms, but year-round has good flow. Although it is often best to explore the waterfall during the springtime to see it at full force, Glen Ellis Falls is a great spot to visit year-round. The waterfall itself drops in a very unique formation consisting of a massive 65-foot plunge followed by some small cascades.
The waterfall is located in a prime area of the White Mountains, near the AMC Pinkham Notch Visitor Center. Glen Ellis Falls has its own dedicated parking lot located off NH-16. The trailhead can be found at the southern end of the parking lot and the trail is only 0.4 miles out and back. Glen Ellis Waterfall Trail is rated as an easy trail, but it does have a very large set of stairs consisting of 150-200 steps. Glen Ellis Falls Trail allows dogs on leash.
It is best to visit the waterfall on a weekday to avoid the crowds. Tens of thousands of visitors flock to the waterfall each year and the most visit during the fall when the foliage is peaking. If you’re looking for some more great waterfalls to explore, be sure to check out Crystal Cascades and Thompson Falls, which are only a few minutes away!
- Height: 65 feet
- Type: Plunge
- Water source: Ellis River
- Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible
Glen Ellis Falls Location
- Park: White Mountain National Forest
- Address: White Mountain Road
- Town: Jackson
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: Lat 44.24431 Lng -71.25250
- Parking Notes: Parking for the waterfall can be found off NH-16 in Pinkham Notch. There are about 50-75 parking spaces around the loop road. There is a collection box for the $5 parking fee.
- Parking Directions: HERE
- Location Directions: HERE
Tom Riley (store manager) –
Glen Ellis is a lovely New Hampshire waterfall. It is located just a short walk from the parking area, but the steps down to the base of the waterfall are steep – so go slow! Enjoy!
Glen Ellis Falls, North Conway, NH.
Patrick Donnelly –
Some long exposures with the foliage at Glen Ellis