Shelburne Basin Falls

Description

Shelburne Basin Falls is a beautiful and often unknown waterfall located in Shelburne, New Hampshire. The waterfall drops about 15 feet along Pea Brook. Pea Brook is a pretty seasonal brook that flows strongest during spring when the snow melts. Considering the water flow is often highest in the spring, the months of March, April, and May are recommended for visitors. That said, Shelburne Basin Falls is a great spot to visit year-round.

The waterfall itself drops in a unique formation consisting of punchbowls, slides, and cascades. There are two main drops. The upper falls are a stunning punchbowl while the lower falls consist of slides and cascades. The pool at the base of the upper falls is fantastic for swimming. It is large, deep, and often very clear. Truly a hidden gem!

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy if you know where to park. This is not an extremely well-known waterfall so there is no big parking area or trail system. In fact, both the parking area and trail are unnamed. But, if you know where you’re going, things are easy. The parking area is located on the side of US Route 2, about 1/10 of a mile west of the White Birches Camping Park. From the parking area, the hike to the waterfall is just over 0.90 miles. Much of the walk is along Pea Brook. Ultimately, the trail out and back is 1.9 miles and it features 380 feet of elevation gain. 

The trail is rated as easy and is a great route to get some hiking in. It is pretty family-friendly considering the low length and elevational gain. Dogs are welcome on the trail and at the falls too.

Looking for more great waterfalls in New Hampshire to explore? Check out the full NH waterfall list!

 

Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 15-foot total drop
  • Type: Pea Brook
  • Water Source: Pea Brook
  • Swimming: Excellent

Shelburne Basin Falls Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: 
  • Town: Shelburne
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 44.374334, -71.146000
  • Parking Notes: Parking can be found on the side of US Route 2, about 1/10 of a mile west of the White Birches Camping Park. The parking area is marked by some large boulders.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

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