This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast



 Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:

2.22 (Class 3)


40 feet

 Tallest Drop:

20 feet

 # of Drops:





Sabbaday Brook






USGS Mount Tripyramid 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


44 K4



The upper and middle tiers from the footbridge, click to enlarge

A wide angle shot of the lower falls and pool, click to enlarge

The middle tier and trench pool beneath, click to enlarge

The falls from the rim of the gorge, click to enlarge

The outlet of the trench and the lower pool, click to enlarge

The lower pool and colorful rock walls, click to enlarge

The top of the uppermost drop as it enters the gorge, click to enlarge

An old postcard image from the archive, click to enlarge



Waterville , Grafton County, NH , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The upper and middle tiers from the footbridge



Sabbaday Falls is a three tiered waterfall just off the Kancamagus Highway in Waterville. The first time I went there was the morning after a nasty April blizzard forced me to overnight in nearby Lincoln. About 10" of snow became 5" of slush. Sabbaday Falls was roaring, but I didn't have my camera on that trip. It was easy to "sour grape" the visit because all the snow essentially made everything look black and white. In July of 2003, I went there with waterfall partner in crime Bryan Swan. We visited the falls in optimum water flow. Not too high, not too low. Good colors. The upper drop is about 8' tall and drops into a deep emerald punchbowl. The punchbowl spills over a 20' horsetail then makes a 90 degree angle turn into a flume and drops about 12' into a very deep trough pool before flowing into the broad pool at the base. Swimming isn't permitted here, although we saw some inconsiderate illiterates doing exactly that. What irritated me more is that they did it while I was composing my shot. Just walked out in front of the camera without as much as an "excuse me." I noticed with some dismay that people have been throwing coins in the pool at the base of the falls. This is not good. Copper can leach out of the coins, it can poison the water, it can kill the fish. This isn't a mall fountain in nasty old suburbia people! Please don't do it.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

The falls occur where a diabase dike has intruded into the Conway Granite and been subsequently eroded away.



The falls were originally named Churches Falls by Moses Sweetser in honor of landscape painter Frederick Church.


Photography Notes:

This is a very photogenic waterfall. It is also very easy to photograph. Observation decks and bridges will take you to all of the good vantage points. Low water is better than high water. You have an excellent slow shutter study, and the pools are range from a cool pale green to an intense emerald hue. Have you tripod, polarizer, and warming filter. The falls are in a cleft, so unless the sun is overhead, lighting is apt to be favorable. Of course, overcast days are usually best. Focal lengths in the 35-105mm range will be sufficient.



Sabbaday Falls is the focal point of the aptly named Sabbaday Falls Picnic Area, a well marked locale on Route 112. It is found about 11 miles east of Kancamagus Pass, about 3.4 miles west of the Jigger Johnson Campground and about 17 miles west of Conway. If you keep your eyes open, you can't miss it. The falls are about 3/10 of a mile, and 100 vertical feet up the trail.