Hermit Falls


Hermit Falls is a nice waterfall located in Chatham, New Hampshire. The waterfall has a total height of 30 feet and can be found along Basin Brook. Basin Brook is extremely seasonal and only really flows strongly during the springtime when the snow is melting. Due to this, the best months to visit the falls are usually March, April, and May. The waterfall itself drops in a unique horsetail formation. 

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy. The waterfall is located in the Wild River Wilderness within the White Mountain National Forest which features a well-marked trail system. Visitors can park at Basin Park in Chatham and then hike 1.3 miles to the falls. Ultimately, to hike out and back, the journey is 2.6 miles and it features 112 feet of elevation gain.

If you have more energy, continue hiking along the trail to check the beautiful Basin Trail Cascades. Looking for more great waterfalls in the state to explore? Check out the GoXplr NH Waterfalls List!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 30-foot total drop
  • Type: Horsetail
  • Water Source: Basin Brook
  • Swimming: Not possible

Hermit Falls Location

  • Park: Wild River Wilderness within the White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: Basin Road
  • Town: Beans Purchase
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.278694, -71.038664
  • Parking Notes: Parking is provided at Basin Park in Chatham, New Hampshire. The lot is located along Basin Road / Forest Road and there are over two dozen spots. The trailhead to the waterfall is located on the eastern side of the lot. Parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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