Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

Nestled in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Sabbaday Falls is a 35-foot waterfall that unfolds like a work of art in three distinct acts.

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Nestled in the heart of the White Mountain National Forest, Sabbaday Falls stands as a testament to the ever-changing wonders of nature. This breathtaking waterfall, regarded as one of New Hampshire's most beautiful, beckons travelers to pause and admire its natural splendor, making it a must-visit stop along the scenic Kancamagus Highway.

The story of Sabbaday Falls begins eons ago, with the formation of a fracture in the granite terrain. Millions of years later, basalt, a volcanic rock, filled in this geological fissure. During the last ice age, the waters of melting glaciers cascaded over this ancient landscape. It was then that nature's chisel, guided by the relentless flow of water, sculpted the basalt, leaving the enduring granite flume walls that we see today. Adding to its charm, a pothole, a testament to the erosive power of swirling water and sand, graces the base of the falls.

Today, Sabbaday Falls enchants all who venture here. This 35-foot waterfall unfolds like a work of art in three distinct acts. It commences with a striking punchbowl, standing proudly at 5 feet in height, that gracefully spills into a circular pool. The waters from this serene pool then embark on a thrilling journey down a magnificent 25-foot plunge, followed by a second captivating 10-foot drop. Thanks to a series of well-placed walking bridges and steps that meander around Sabbaday Falls, visitors can get up close to every section of this cascading wonder.

Embarking on the Sabbaday Falls Trail is a delightful and accessible adventure. This 0.7-mile out-and-back trail, rated as easy, ensures that nature's beauty is within reach for everyone. With a modest elevation gain of only 100 feet and a well-maintained gravel path, even children can enjoy this hike. Don't forget your furry friends; dogs on leashes are also welcome to bask in the beauty of Sabbaday Falls. Completing the trail typically takes just 20 minutes, making it an ideal stop for travelers of all ages.

Conveniently located right at the trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway, a parking lot awaits, accommodating about 50 cars. Be prepared for a small fee, collected through a collection box, so be sure to bring some cash. While in the area, take advantage of the opportunity to explore other nearby waterfalls along the Kancamagus Highway, such as the seasonal but impressive Champney Falls, as well as the accessible Lower Falls and the scenic Rocky Gorge. These natural wonders, collectively known as the "Goldmine of Waterfalls," offer a treasure trove of awe-inspiring sights.

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Kancamagus Highway (Route 112), Waterville Valley, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
43.993806, -71.396306
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Parking Notes:
There is a parking lot located right at the trailhead off the Kancamagus Highway. The lot holds about 50 cars and there is a small fee charged at a collection box so bring cash.


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