Ellen’s Falls, White Mountains

Ellen's Falls are located on Hobbs Brook in Albany, New Hampshire.
Ellen's Falls (top section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Ellen's Falls, White Mountains – Ellen's Falls is a picturesque waterfall located on Hobbs Brook, about a mile upstream from its junction with the Kancamagus Highway in Albany, New Hampshire. And though I have read visiting these falls requires bushwhacking up the side of Hobbs Brook from the Kancamagus Highway, there is actually a gated Forest Road that can be used to reach the falls.

I am not sure how these falls got their name but based on historical references they have been referred to as Ellen's Falls since at least 1877. It is interesting that the older history books refer to these falls as “Ellen’s Falls” but now in the twenty-first century the apostrophe has been dropped and its “Ellens Falls”. And it is also worth mentioning that a few history books have these falls as being on the Swift River. Got to love history.

Ellen's Falls are located on Hobbs Brook in Albany, New Hampshire.
Ellen's Falls (top section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Ellen’s Falls is a two stage waterfall, and both stages are impressive during spring snowmelt and after heavy rains. The top section (above) falls through a small chasm while the bottom section (below) looks more like a typical waterfall in the White Mountains.

Ellen's Falls are located on Hobbs Brook in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Ellen's Falls (bottom section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

Being one of the smaller waterfalls in the White Mountains Ellen's Falls often gets overlooked. I suspect visitors touring this region of the White Mountains are more interested in the easily accessible roadside waterfalls along the Kancamagus Highway.

A photographer using a tripod at Ellen's Falls. Ellen's Falls are located on Hobbs Brook in Albany, New Hampshire.
Ellen's Falls (bottom section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

For the photographers, I have photographed Ellen's Falls in various weather conditions and find the best times are during overcast and rainy days when the light is diffused (soft & balanced). Just the basic photography gear is needed to produce a pleasing image of Ellen's Falls (polarizing filter, solid tripod, & remote shutter switch). A Lee Big Stopper and Neutral density filters will be useful if you want to play around with slow shutter speeds.

Ellen's Falls along Hobbs Brook in Albany, New Hampshire.
Ellen's Falls (bottom section) – White Mountains, New Hampshire
 

There are some waterfalls in the White Mountains I can spend hours at, and Ellen's Falls is one of them. This is a great location to photograph after heavy rains (above). If you plan to visit Ellen’s Falls be forewarned the rocks around the falls are very slippery, even more so when it is raining.

All of the above images can be licensed for publications by clicking on the image you are interested in, and you can view more waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains here.

Happy image making..


 

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes mainly in the environment of New Hampshire. His work is published worldwide, and publication credits include the Appalachian Mountain Club, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, Backpacker Magazine, and The Wilderness Society. His blog articles are intended to create awareness for the environment and to promote his image archive.

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