Little Hellgate Falls


Little Hellgate Falls is a stunning and very remote waterfall located in Clarksville, New Hampshire. The waterfall has a total height of 40 feet and can be found along Hellgate Brook. Hellgate Brook flows strongest during spring when the snow melts. Many photographers seek out the waterfall during the months of March, April, and May to capture it at high water levels. That said, the brook does feature some good watershed year-round, so it is great to visit any day of the year. The waterfall itself drops in a unique fan formation. It has a very narrow upper section which then expands outwards. It is extremely photogenic.

The hike to the waterfall is easy, but the drive can be tricky. The waterfall is located in a very remote area of New Hampshire where the roads are not paved and not extremely well-maintained. Visitors must drive off North Main Street and then on Cedar Stream Road for about 9 miles. This journey along Cedar Stream Road takes about 25 minutes and it is all unpaved. The trailhead to the waterfall is located on Skillings Gore Road. To access the waterfall, a 0.35-mile hike along Little Hellgate Falls Trail is required. Ultimately, the journey out and back is 0.70 miles and features just 85 feet of elevation gain.

Looking to explore this remote area of NH more? Be sure to check out Garfield Falls just over a mile east. Find more great waterfalls by checking out the GoXplr New Hampshire Waterfall List!  


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 40 feet
  • Type: Fan
  • Water Source: Hellgate Brook
  • Swimming: Okay

Little Hellgate Falls Location

  • Park: Connecticut Lakes Headwaters Working Forest
  • Address: Skillings Gore Road
  • Town: Clarksville
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 45.028829, -71.173428
  • Parking Notes: Parking is available at the trailhead along Skillings Gore Road.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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