Sabbaday Falls

Description

Sabbaday Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Hampshire and a must-stop location along the Kancamagus Highway. Sabbaday Falls is a natural wonder whose development began many years ago and has been influenced by a variety of influences. The falls are still changing today.

A fracture in the granite here was created millions of years ago and basalt, a volcanic rock, filled in. Water from melting glaciers ran down across this area during the last ice age. Because basalt erodes faster than granite, the water chiseled out the basalt, leaving the granite flume walls behind. A pothole, a hollow cut in the rock by swirling water and sand, may be found at the base of the falls. 

Today, Sabbaday Falls has become one of the most popular waterfalls in New Hampshire because of its beauty, accessibility, and preservation. Sabbaday Falls is a 35-foot waterfall that begins with a punchbowl, which is 5 feet tall, that falls into a small circular pool. This small pool flows to a spectacular 22-foot plunge which then leads to another 8-foot plunge. Visitors are able to get up close to every section of the waterfall thanks to walking bridges and steps which go up and around Sabbaday Falls. 

The trail to the waterfall is extremely well-maintained and short. The 0.7 mile out and back trail is rated as easy as it only gains 100 feet of elevation and features evenly graded gravel. Children will love completing this hike. Dogs are also allowed to visit Sabbaday Falls on leash.

Exploring the Kancamagus Highway soon? Be sure to check out the 13 Best Stops Along The Kancamagus Highway blog we posted. Also, view our growing map of New Hampshire locations to explore at goxplr.com/map/new-hampshire

 

Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 35-foot total drop
  • Type: Punchbowl and plunges
  • Water source: Sabbaday Brook
  • Swimming: Prohibited and/or not possible

Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: Sabbaday Falls
  • Town: Waterville Valley
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 43.99391 Lng -71.39614
  • 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.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

External Website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/whitemountain/recarea/?recid=74927

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