Lincoln, New Hampshire

Kinsman Falls in the White Mountain National Forest of New Hampshire is a 20-foot-tall cascade that plunges gracefully into a deep and inviting pool. I

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Nestled within the pristine White Mountain National Forest, Kinsman Falls is a natural gem awaiting discovery along the Basin-Cascade Trail near Lincoln, New Hampshire. This enchanting waterfall, with its serene setting, lies within the breathtaking confines of Franconia Notch.

Kinsman Falls is a 20-foot-tall cascade that plunges gracefully into a deep and inviting pool. Its source is the pristine Cascade Brook, originating from the magnificent Kinsman Pond nestled beside Kinsman Mountain's North Peak. Despite its relatively narrow profile, Kinsman Falls is a testament to the captivating beauty and soothing power of nature. It truly shines during the spring months when the melting snow and occasional rainstorms swell the brook, unleashing the full glory of this enchanting waterfall.

Reaching Kinsman Falls is a delight for nature enthusiasts. The Basin-Cascade Trail, well-maintained and thoughtfully marked, is conveniently accessible just off Interstate 93. While the entire trail spans a manageable 2.6 miles out and back, Kinsman Falls is a mere 0.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Although the waterfall may not be entirely visible from the main trail, visitors are treated to the opportunity to get up close and personal with this natural wonder by descending a small, albeit steep, ridge.

For those seeking a refreshing dip, Kinsman Falls is a welcoming spot for swimming. The pool beneath the cascade is often deep, clear, and pleasantly warm during the summer months. It serves as a favorite respite for hikers looking to cool off while exploring the White Mountains on a warm day. However, caution is always advised, as the area around the waterfall can be slippery and the terrain steep.

Kinsman Falls extends a warm welcome to four-legged adventurers as well. Dogs are permitted both at the waterfall and on the trail leading to this natural marvel, provided they are kept on leashes.

Parking is a breeze, with approximately 50 available spaces at the Basin Cascade Trailhead parking lot, conveniently situated just off Styles Bridges Highway, also known as Route 93, in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Best of all, parking is free. For added convenience, an additional parking area is located just a short 0.20-mile distance south across the highway. It's a testament to the beauty and accessibility of Kinsman Falls that such natural splendor can be found just a short hike from the road, making it a must-visit destination for those exploring the wonders of the White Mountains.

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Styles Bridges Highway (Route 93), Lincoln, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
44.121774, -71.689617
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Parking Notes:
There are about 50 parking spaces at the Basin Cascade Trailhead parking lot located right off I 93. Parking is free. There is an additional park lot across the highway about .20 miles away.


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