Dry Brook Waterfalls, Franconia Notch

Franconia Notch State Park - Stairs Falls during the spring months. This waterfall is located on Dry Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA The Falling Waters Trail passes by it.
Stairs Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

Dry Brook Waterfalls, Franconia Notch With spring officially here, many are making plans to photograph waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains. Today, I am going to introduce to you three waterfalls in Franconia Notch that may interest you. You may not recognize the name “Dry Brook”. But once you view the included images you will realize that two well known waterfalls in the White Mountains are on it.

These are not roadside waterfalls, and a photographer must hike up the Falling Waters Trail in Franconia Notch to reach them. Be forewarned, the terrain is very rugged, and only ones who are comfortable hiking in rough terrain should venture to these waterfalls. I hate making these comments but feel obligated to.

Franconia Notch State Park - Stair Falls in the White Mountains, New Hampshire USA. This waterfall is located along the Falling Waters Trail.
Stairs Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

The first waterfall and my favorite of the Dry Brook falls along the Falling Waters Trail is Stairs Falls (above). It is a small, but unique waterfall that can be photographed from a few vantage points. A photographer will have a great time with this one. If short on time these falls make for a great destination.

Franconia Notch State Park - Swiftwater Falls during the spring months. This waterfall is located on Dry Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire.
Swiftwater Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

The second waterfall on Dry Brook is Swiftwater Falls (above). This waterfall is located just above Stairs Falls in the area of where Falling Waters Trail crosses Dry Brook. And it is often overlooked because the only time it is picturesque is after heavy rains and during spring snow-melt. A photographer will be able to find interesting perspectives of this waterfall, but I think a straight on view is the most powerful.

Franconia Notch State Park - Cloudland Falls during the spring months. This waterfall is located on Dry Brook in Lincoln, New Hampshire USA The Falling Waters Trail passes by it.
Cloudland Falls – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

The final and most impressive waterfall on Dry Brook is Cloudland Falls (above). This waterfall is located above Swiftwater Falls along the Falling Waters Trail. Even though Cloudlands Falls is the biggest of the Dry Brook falls, photographers get frustrated when trying to compose shots of it because of the distracting blowdowns that line the brook.

Dry Brook along the Falling Waters Trail in the White Mountains, New Hampshire.
Dry Brook – Franconia Notch, New Hampshire
 

Cloudland Falls is the last named waterfall on Dry Brook. But if you continue up Falling Waters Trail, you will find a few more cascades (above) to photograph. The trail does get rougher above Cloudland Falls, and if you are carrying a lot of camera gear, it can be tricky. And if you are feeling adventurous, you can photograph Walker Brook Cascades on your way back to the trailhead.

To license any of the above images for usage in publications, click on the image. And you can view more images of the waterfalls along Dry Brook here.

Happy image making..


 

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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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