This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast

 Magnitude:

39

 Abs Mag:

45

 Beisel Rating:

1.89 (Class 2)

 Height:

112 feet

 Tallest Drop:

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 # of Drops:

3

 Type:

tiered

 Stream:

Beaver Brook

 Latitude:

44.9188

 Longitude:

71.4626

 Maps:

USGS Lovering Mountain 7 1/2"

 

Aerial Photography

 Delormes:

50 A2

 

 

The falls from the parking area, click to enlarge

The falls from the base, click to enlarge

A side view of the middle tier, click to enlarge

The upper slide, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge

 

 

Colebrook , Coos County, NH , USA

 

No Known Alternate Names

 

 

The falls from the parking area

 

Details:

This waterfall was so much better than I had imagined. I'd seen several photos, but laying my own eyes upon this waterfall was a much more dramatic experience than I thought it would be. The parking area overlooks a well maintained expanse of lawn, with picnic tables and restroom facilities. Normally, this type of manicured waterfall makes me skeptical. Not the case here. Beaver Brook fans out over a sliding cascade, then broadens and drops about 30 to 40' over a sheer and jagged cliff face before collecting itself and cascading about 25-30' more to the base. I made the scramble up the right side of the falls to check out the top. You can't really see much more from up there than you can from the parking lot. The terrain is very steep, and the dirt is slick. Unless you're very comfortable with strenuous and treacherous terrain, please make yourself content with my photo of the upper tier. I've done the hard work for you. According to the Bolnick's excellent book, "Waterfalls of the White Mountains" this waterfall drops over "seven stories of dark ledge". If we guess that a story is roughly equivalent to 10', then the falls should be in the ballpark of 70' tall. The topo maps support this. I don't buy it, not a bit. My eye, while not infallible, is pretty well practiced. I'm not in the habit of whipping out superlatives or exaggerations, but the distinct impression the falls made on me was, "Easy 100' plus..." I suspect that it's taller than 70', maybe as much as 120'. I couldn't get a good GPS satellite lock, so I couldn't check the altitude change. According to the readings, the bottom of the waterfall was over 100' higher in elevation than the top. So much for modern technology. The falls are also of long enough run that a rock and measured string won't do it either. I'll have to remember to bring my scientific calculator next time. Ultimately, I trust my eye and will present the height at 100' subject to revision the next time I'm there.

 

Geology and Bedrock Structure:

Beaver Brook Falls drop over a jagged ledge of the Waits River Formation, a large dark quartzite.

 

History:

 

Photography Notes:

This is an easy falls to shoot. The broad expanse of lawn allows quite a range of frontal view. The base of the falls is very easy to reach, and the first part of the hillside isn't too steep. Lots of rocks with lots of glare. Early morning or late afternoon would be ideal. A polarizer and a warming filter are highly recommended, and a tripod is indispensable. Most of the shots I made here were in the 50mm range, but wide angle is definitely helpful in some instances.

 

Directions:

From Colebrook, take Route 145 east for 2.5 miles. The well marked Rec area and parking lot are on your right, along with a clear and cheerful view of the falls.