Thompson Falls


Thompson Falls in Gorham, New Hampshire is one of the hidden gems of the White Mountains. Thompson Falls is not very well known because it was a well-guarded secret for many years. The falls were first discovered and named by famed landscape artist Benjamin Champney in the mid-19th century. They were hardly explored during the 20th century and it wasn’t until 2011 that the Thompson Falls Trail was created.

The waterfall features a total drop of 150 feet and it drops in several sections consisting of plunges and cascades. The main drop is 25 feet tall and about 30 feet wide. It is a wonderful clam shell shape which is not seen often in New Hampshire. Thompson Falls is located along Thompson Brook which flows strongest during the spring when the snow melts. Additionally, it can roar after big rainstorms. Although the waterfall features its most powerful watershed in the spring, it is a wonderful place to visit year-round. 

Accessing the waterfall is relatively easy. The waterfall is located in the White Mountain National Forest and there is a well-marked trail leading to the falls. Visitors can park at the Wildcat Mountain Parking lot, just off Route 16, and then hike 1.1 miles out-and-back to the falls. The waterfall trail is family-friendly and a great way to get some hiking in. Dogs are also allowed on the trail. 

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: 150-foot total drop (Main falls drop 30 feet)
  • Type: Plunges and cascades
  • Water source: Thompson Brook
  • Swimming: Good

Thompson Falls Location

  • Park: White Mountain National Forest
  • Address: 542 NH-16
  • Town: Gorham
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: Lat 44.26689 Lng -71.23117
  • Parking Notes: The best parking lot for the waterfall is the Wildcat Mountain lot of NH-16. The parking area is extremely large. Parking is free.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE


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