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The Northeastern United States may not have the monstrous waterfalls of the Western United States, or to a lesser degree, the Southeastern
United States, but we do have our fair share of great waterfalls.  First things first, I agonized over whether or not to include New York in the Top 25.  I came to the conclusion that I've simply not done enough exploration in the state to include or exclude waterfalls and maintain any degree of credibility.  Niagara Falls would be a cinch, and I expect that waterfalls such as Kaaterskill Falls, Middle Letchworth Falls, Taughannock Falls, etc. would likely merit inclusion.  As I further explore my corner of the world, this list will be revised.  Taking into account several factors that contribute to the splendor of a waterfall, these are my Top 25 selections.

 

25) Thompson Falls-Pinkhams Grant, Coos County, NH
Thompson Falls is a series of slides and falls along a pleasant mountain brook.  The lowest drop is the first encountered. The falls drop over a wide granite ledge that is shaped like a giant clam.  Above this, you'll encounter a series of granite slides and dips, the segmented 20' middle falls, then finally the cascading upper falls.  This isn't a massive waterfall, nor is it a particularly well known waterfall, but it is a beautiful waterfall of unique form.

24) Jefferson Falls-Cambridge, Lamoille County, VT
Jefferson Falls is a series of falls that start in a tight gorge, ending as a waterfall over a jumbled pile of boulders.  The Brewster River drops into a very narrow gorge no more than a few feet wide, perhaps the tightest gorge I’ve seen in the entire state.  After drops over two pothole falls, the gorge opens and the river flows over, under, and around a pile of jagged boulders that have fallen off the rock faces adjacent to the falls.

23) Cloudland Falls-Lincoln, Grafton County, NH
Cloudland Falls is an 80' fan shaped drop over a broad granite ledge. It is the highlight of the hike up the Falling Waters Trail, which passes two other waterfalls along the way.  You may want to time your visit after a stretch of rainy weather, as the falls occur on the sometimes aptly named Dry Brook.

22) Nancy Cascades-Livermore, Carroll County, NH
Nancy Cascades is one of the more remote and wild falls. A 2.4 mile hike that gains 1500' in elevation leads to the falls. The first view of the falls is of the 80' lower tier as it veils down the rock face into a pool. Above this, the trail switchbacks past a series of cascades that total more than 350' in height.

21) Old City Falls-Strafford, Orange County, VT
Old City Falls is a 45' two tiered drop. The first drop is a 25' plunge into a shallow pool.  The outlet of the pool slides about 20' down an angled bedrock ledge. The trail to the falls is a straightforward dogleg with a flight of stairs.  As you make your way back up the ravine to the falls, you'll see the crest of the upper tier before the rest of the falls comes into view. The falls are the centerpiece of a small, well maintained recreation area in an out of the way place.

20) Sabbaday Falls-Waterville, Grafton County, NH
Sabbaday Brook drops 40 feet in an unusual and scenic form.  The waters drops 8' into a small emerald green pothole. The outlet of the pothole is a slide resulting in a 20' horsetail into a tight gorge where it makes a ninety degree turn to the right.  The final drop is a 12' slide into a deep teal trough that opens into a pale jade green pool below.  Walkways, bridges, and stairs make this an easy and safe place to explore.

19) Moss Glen Falls-Granville, Addison County, VT
This isn't the tallest waterfall you'll ever see, nor is it the largest waterfall in terms of volume.  What you have in Moss Glen Falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in the state of Vermont.  Deer Hollow Brook leaps through a narrow gap at the head of a 30' tall cliff face that gracefully spreads the waters over its face. It is a frequent leg stretching spot for travellers on Route 100, one of the most scenic roads in the state.  As a bonus, Little Moss Glen Falls is one watercourse to the north, and is passed on the short walkway to the main attraction.

18) Silver Cascade-Harts Location, Carroll County, NH
Silver Cascade drops down the side of Crawford Notch just below the height of land. Unlike its neighbor to the north, Flume Cascade, this waterfall presents itself fully as a series of cascades, slides, and falls dropping steeply to the base. You can view it from the side of Route 302, or you can walk along the ledges adjacent to the stream to the base of the falls.

17) Lye Brook Falls-Manchester, Bennington County, VT
A tributary of Lye Brook slides down a long rocky wall at the end of a 2.3 mile hike.  This waterfall was once referred to as the Trestle Cascade because it was just above an old logging railroad trestle. The trestle is long gone, and the rail grade converted into a fairly popular hike to a very nice waterfall that is perhaps 160' tall.

16) Angel Falls-Township D, Franklin County, ME
Angel Falls is a 90' leap that is often said to be Maine's highest single leap. That claim may be disputed, but the falls are very pretty indeed.

15) Garfield Falls-Pittsburg, Coos County, NH
This is a powerful and remote waterfall. When you visit this waterfall, you'll be a long way off the beaten path. The East Branch of the Dead Diamond River enters a gorge with waterfalls.  The final drop is a 30' drop into a tea colored pool. Despite the remote location of the falls, it's
possible to drive on logging roads and get within a quarter mile.

14) Screw Auger Falls-Grafton TWP, Oxford County, ME
This is one of the best examples of water sculpted rocks you're likely to come across. The Bear River drops over a short waterfall, makes its way across a flat bedrock riverbed, then drops over a very scenic waterfall into a fantastically carved gorge. The falls are located in Grafton Notch, so the roadside falls won't be the only thing to see.

13) Glen Ellis Falls-Pinkhams Grant, Coos County, NH
Glen Ellis Falls is a powerful 64' plunge on the Ellis River. A well constructed path and stairway lead to the base of the falls passing a smaller falls and a second vantage point.  Several smaller falls may be found further downstream, off trail. This one of the better known waterfalls in the White Mountains, and receives several hundred visitors a day.

12) Big Falls-Troy, Orleans County, VT
The Mississquoi River segments around a small rocky island, then combines to drop into spectacular gorge. The view of the falls from the edge of the 80' adjacent cliff is not for the faint of heart. You may cautiously explore the ledges near the falls for other view points.  This is the largest undammed waterfall in the state of Vermont.

11) Crystal Cascade-Pinkhams Grant, Coos County, NH
The Cutler River drops 80' over a rough rock wall, briefly collecting itself in a pool.  Upon leaving the pool, the waters drop over a 20' ledge and make a right angle turn into a tight gorge. The falls are along the Tuckerman Ravine Trail, and see hundreds of visitors on a typical summer day.

10) Ripley Falls-Harts Location, Carroll County, NH
Avalanche Brook slides about 100' down a large granite face that is shaped roughly like the state of New Hampshire. The waters flow over the lip of granite at the brink, and flow down a steep face of reddish granite to a shallow trench shaped pool at the base.

9) Beaver Brook Falls-Colebrook, Coos County, NH
Beaver Brook fans over a ledge, drops over a free fall, then collects itself to drop the final 30' to the valley floor. The falls are the centerpiece of a small park, just north of Colebrook.

8) Bingham Falls-Stowe, Lamoille County, VT
The West Branch of the Waterbury River slides down a sloping cascade, surges into a pool, then drops into a deep rugged gorge. After dropping over several steep cascades, the waters leap through a narrow notch and plunge 25' into a deep green pool below. The waters have carved the bedrock nicely here. The scramble to the lower tier is now much easier as stairs have recently been constructed.

7) Moxie Falls-Moxie Gore, Somerset County, ME
Moxie Stream drops over a plunge into a deep pool. The waters exit the pool in a steep cascade of about 15'. More falls are supposed to be downstream. This is a remote and powerful waterfall.

6) Bash Bish Falls-Bash Bish Falls SP, Berkshire County, MA
Bash Bish Brook goes through a deep ravine and over a series of falls on its way west towards New York state. The brook drops over several smaller falls before leaping 80' in a segmented plunge around a large rock spire.

5) Katahdin Falls-T3 R10 WELS, Piscataquis County, ME
Not to be confused with the very scenic Katahdin Stream Falls well downstream, this is the tallest waterfall in Maine. Topo maps only provide a height estimate garnered by comparison with a photo of the falls, but this is conservatively 800' tall, with a single leap of nearly 300'.  Accessing this waterfall is more problematic than most however. Baxter State Park has a reservation system that must be navigated.  Once that hurdle is cleared, you'll be in some of the most scenic lands along the eastern seaboard.

4) Moss Glen Falls-Stowe, Lamoille County, VT
Moss Glen Brook meanders through a flat meadowed setting before entering a tight gorge, dropping over several smaller falls, before making a spectacular 125' exit from the narrow confines. A sheer plunge of about 25' collects in a pool before veiling 100' down a steep rock face.

3) The Falls of Lana-Salisbury, Addison County, VT
The waters of Sucker Brook flow along a rocky ledge that acts as a retaining wall. At a point where that wall is breached, the falls make a right angle turn and drop over a 40' twin stepped falls into a deep pool. The waters leave the pool at a right angle to the upper falls and slide 40' down a sloping cascade that roughly resembles a stairway with a bannister. At the base of this drop, the falls make a right angle turn, veil 20' down a rock face making a second ninety degree turn, dropping 10' over a fractured ledge of water worn marble. This is perhaps the most unique waterfall formation I've seen to date.

2) Hamilton Falls-Jamaica, Windham County, VT
The waters of Cobb Brook leap 125' down a steep rock face on their way to the West River downstream. Cobb Brook slides down a bedrock chute into a green pool. At the exit of the pool, the waters slide steeply down a rocky slope, leaping free into a pocket carved in the rock. The falls then slide 30' down the rocks into a deep green pool.

1) Arethusa Falls-Livermore, Carroll County, NH
Bemis Brook makes a leap of 176' (my eye tells me it's less, but either way, it's a spectacular waterfall) down an orange ledge of granite. As you approach the falls, you'll see tantalizing glimpses of white falling water high through the treetops.