Thompson Falls


Thompson Falls in Jackson, New Hampshire is one of the hidden gems of the White Mountains. Jackson 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. The falls were hardly explored during the 20th century as it wasn’t till 2011 that the Thompson Falls Trail was created.

The waterfall drops 150 feet over several tiers with the primary clam shell waterfall being 30 feet wide and 20 feet tall. The source of the waterfall is Thompson Brook which flows strongly from May to October. It is best to visit during those months or during the fall when the bright foliage surrounds the falls.

The hike to Thompson Falls is rated as easy. It is a 1.1 mile out and back trail that begins at the Wildcat Mountain Parking lot, just off Route 16. Parking is free. Dogs are allowed to visit Thompson Falls when leashed.

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Waterfall Specs

  • Height: Lower falls are 20 feet; middle falls are 30 feet; upper falls are 18 feet
  • Type: Plunges and cascades
  • Water source: Thompson Brook
  • Swimming: Good


  • 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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