Liberty Gorge, Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch State Park - Liberty Gorge Cascade during the spring months in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This waterfall is located in the Flume Gorge Scenic Area along Cascade Brook.
Liberty Gorge – Lincoln, New Hampshire Spring
 

Liberty Gorge, Franconia Notch – Cascade Brook flows through this gorge in the Flume Gorge area of Franconia Notch State Park in Lincoln, New Hampshire. And it is one of the many interesting natural features of Franconia Notch. Today, this water feature is known both as Liberty Gorge and Liberty Gorge Cascades.

Known as Langton's Cascades (named for Mr. Langton, a regular summer guest at the Flume House)* in the 1800s, this gorge was forgotten about until 1928 when the former Flume director C.T. Bodwell rediscovered it. At the time, Bodwell could find no one who knew about it, so he named it “Tawadina Gorge”. And the gorge did appear on a circa 1934 map of the Flume area as Tawadina Gorge, but it would be renamed Liberty Gorge.

Franconia Notch State Park - Cascade Brook during a snow storm in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This waterfall is located in the Flume Gorge along Cascade Brook.
The Gorge During a Snowstorm – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

During the spring months and after heavy rainstorms is the best time to photograph the gorge. And if you plan on visiting the area during the winter months, be forewarned the trails surrounding the gorge area can be and usually are very icy. Some kind of foot traction will be beneficial.

Franconia Notch State Park - Liberty Gorge Cascade in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA. This waterfall is located in the Flume Gorge area along Cascade Brook.
Liberty Gorge – Lincoln, New Hampshire
 

If you plan accordingly, you can also explore the Flume Gorge, The Pool, and Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge by doing a short loop hike – the Ridge Path goes pass this unique gorge.

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Happy image making..


 

* Frank Carpenter's Guide Book to the Franconia Notch and the Pemigewasset Valley, published in 1898, notes that these cascades where named Langton's Cascades.

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Erin Paul is a professional photographer who specializes in environmental conservation and historic preservation photography in the New Hampshire White Mountains. His work is published worldwide, and credits include; Backpacker Magazine, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Appalachian Mountain Club, and The Wilderness Society.

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