Ripley Falls


Ripley Falls is a spectacular 5-star rated waterfall located in Hart’s Location, New Hampshire. The waterfall has a total height of over 100 feet and can be found along Avalanche Brook. Avalanche Brook typically features a steady water flow year-round. For explorers hoping to see the waterfall at full force, it is best to visit during the spring when the snow thaw occurs. Many photographers flock to the falls during the months of March, April, and May to capture Ripley Falls during peak conditions. That said, the waterfall is a joy to visit during any season!

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of horsetails and slides. Seeing the water flowing over the smooth and steep rock wall is truly something amazing. By standing at the base of the falls, the whole 100+ feet are in view.

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy and very simple. The waterfall is located in the Crawford Notch State Park which features a well-marked and extensive trail system. Visitors can park in the lot at the end of Wiley House Station Road in Hart’s Location. From the parking area, visitors can then hike 0.50 miles to the falls via the Arethusa-Ripley Falls Trail. The waterfall trail is family-friendly and a great way to get some hiking in. Dogs are also allowed on the route and at the waterfall. Ultimately, the out-and-back journey is 1 mile and features just 177 feet of elevation gain.

Looking for another great waterfall nearby? Continue walking along the trail to see the spectacular Arethusa Falls. Additionally, GoXplr created a full list of every New Hampshire waterfall!


Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 100-foot total drop
  • Type: Horsetail and slides
  • Water Source: Avalanche Brook
  • Swimming: Not possible / not allowed


  • Park: Crawford Notch State Park
  • Address: Wiley House Station Road
  • Town: Hart’s Location
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.162376, -71.392191
  • Parking Notes: There is a great parking area at the end of Wiley House Station Road. Parking here gives visitors direct access to the Ripley-Arethusa Falls Trailhead.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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