Beaver Brook Cascades, Kinsman Notch

Beaver Brook Cascades on Beaver Brook in Kinsman Notch of the New Hampshire White Mountains on a rainy spring day. The Appalachian Tail passes by these cascades.
Beaver Brook Cascades – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Beaver Brook Cascades, Kinsman Notch – When it comes to waterfalls in the New Hampshire White Mountains, the waterfalls in Kinsman Notch are often overlooked. I can only guess Kinsman Notch’s reputation of having rough terrain is what keeps most away from exploring this incredible Notch.

Kinsman Notch has a number of named and unmanned waterfalls, and one of the better known ones is Beaver Brook Cascades. These cascades are located on Beaver Brook, and the Appalachian Trail (Beaver Brook Trail) runs on the side of them. The earliest reference I have found to them is from the 1890s.

Beaver Brook Cascades on Beaver Brook in Kinsman Notch of the New Hampshire White Mountains on a rainy and foggy spring day. The Appalachian Tail passes by these cascades.
Beaver Brook Cascades – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Parking for Beaver Brook Cascades is at the Beaver Brook Trailhead just west of the Lost River Reservation along Route 112. And the cascades are about a half a mile from the trailhead along the Beaver Brook Trail. These picturesque cascades will keep most photographers busy for hours.

Beaver Brook Cascades on Beaver Brook in Kinsman Notch of the New Hampshire White Mountains during the spring months. The Appalachian Tail passes by these cascades.
Beaver Brook Cascades – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
 

Like most waterfalls, these cascades are impressive during the spring snow-melt and after heavy rains. But the terrain in this area is very rough. Caution should be used when visiting these cascades on days when the conditions are ideal for photographing waterfalls (overcast, wet rainy days). And the section of trail near the cascades can be very slippery on wet days and icy during the cold months.

Warning sign along the Appalachian Trail (Beaver Brook Trail) in Kinsman Notch of the New Hampshire White Mountains.
Warning Sign – Beaver Brook Trail, New Hampshire
 

I mentioned earlier that the earliest reference I have found to these cascades is from the 1890s. But because the Lost River Valley was being explored in the mid-1800s, I would not be surprised if these cascades were an attraction in the mid-1800s. It is pretty amazing people were visiting these cascades in the nineteenth-century.

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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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