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.
Birch Island Brook – Lincoln, New Hampshire
Birch Island Brook Falls, Lincoln – Looking at the above image of Birch Island Brook, near Ice Pond, in Lincoln, New Hampshire you would never think there would be a small picturesque waterfall along it. But you know the old saying, looks can be deceiving.
Over the years, I have explored numerous brooks in the White Mountains and have realized that the many of them have interesting features that offer unique photography opportunities. Birch Island Brook is an excellent example of this. And today, I want to share a few scenes from along the brook with you.
Kedron Flume – Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire
Kedron Flume, Crawford Notch State Park – Kedron Flume is located on Kedron Brook in Hart's Location, New Hampshire. The flume can be reached by parking at the hiking parking lot along Route 302, next to the Willey House, in Crawford Notch State Park. From the parking lot hike the Kedron Flume Trail (starts behind the Willey House) for three quarters of a mile until you reach Kedron Brook.
Just above and below where Kedron Flume Trail crosses Kedron Brook is where most consider the flume to be. The cascade just below the trail crossing, I find to be the most interesting. And during spring snow-melt it looks awesome! Waterfall buffs and photographers will also find the flume interesting after heavy rains.
Step Falls Nature Preserve – Newry, Maine
Step Falls Nature Preserve – I was recently in Grafton Notch State Park in Newry, Maine and while there visited nearby Step Falls Nature Preserve. The preserve is known for its cascades and excellent view from the top of the falls, but on the day of my visit it was snowing and very windy so I focused on the cascades and forest scenes.
Step Falls Nature Preserve is a 24 acre lot located just outside of Grafton Notch State Park, along Route 26. Acquired in 1962, it was The Nature Conservancy’s first preserve in Maine. In 2012, the Mahoosuc Land Trust took over ownership of the preserve and has since made improvements to the grounds.
Tributary of the Wild Ammonoosuc River – Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire
Tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River – This week I started shooting along one of the tributaries of the Wild Ammonoosuc River in Kinsman Notch of New Hampshire. I was able to take advantage of an overcast day to create a handful of pleasing images along an unnamed brook that drains into the Wild Ammonoosuc.
Many of you have listened to me rant and rave about how great the tributaries of Lost River are, well the Wild Ammonoosuc River also has some great tributaries. All of the included cascades are along one brook, and they are possibly the forgotten Blue Ravine Cascades. Though the water level was low on the day I visited, I found them to be very interesting.
Tributary Near The Headwaters of Lost River – Mount Jim, Kinsman Notch
Tributaries of Lost River, Kinsman Notch – For the last few years, I have been capturing scenes along tributaries of Lost River in Kinsman Notch, New Hampshire. Kinsman Notch is located between Mount Moosilauke and the Kinsman Range along Route 112. Mostly known for the Lost River Reservation, Kinsman Notch, in my opinion, is one the most underused recreation areas in the White Mountains.
The number of brooks that drain into Lost River is amazing! And to make it a little more interesting, most of these brooks are not shown on maps. I decided to focus only on the tributaries south of Route 112 on the hillsides of Mount Jim and Mount Waternomee.
Jackman Brook – North Woodstock, New Hampshire
Jackman Falls, North Woodstock – Jackman Falls are a series of beautiful cascades on Jackman Brook in North Woodstock, New Hampshire. Considered to be a forgotten waterfall these cascades are visited mostly by locals and waterfall enthusiasts. And though we refer to all of the cascades on the brook as Jackman Falls, old documentation indicates that possibly only one of them was the named waterfall.
Like many of the waterfalls in the White Mountains, these cascades were visited in the 1800s. However, the brook was known as Shirt Brook, not Jackman Brook. Sometime in the early 1900s, the name of the brook was changed to Jackman Brook on maps.
Walker Cascades – Franconia Notch State Park
Walker Cascades, Franconia Notch – Walker Cascades are a series of cascades on Walker Brook, just off the Old Bridle Path, in Franconia Notch in the New Hampshire White Mountains. And though these cascades are considered to be forgotten they are visited by many.
A few history books make reference to these cascades as being "Walker's Falls". But their description is for Stairs, Swiftwater and Cloudland Falls on Dry Brook. The name makes sense, but the location is off. Because Walker Brook and Dry Brook are located so close to one another, I understand the confusion.