A Cascade of Waterfalls!
All photos and videos ©2009 Nancy F. Little or ©2009 Trevor unless otherwise noted.
My lovely wife and I just LOVE waterfalls. We go to them regularly. I have a guide book of Waterfalls of Massachusetts by Joseph Bushee Jr. and I keep track in the book of which one's we've been to. In our guidebooks for other states, we have all the waterfalls marked for future visits.
I also bookmark waterfall websites. Joe Bushee Jr.'s two sites: A. www.massfalls.com
covers 97 falls in the Bay State; B. www.usfalls.com
covers 237 waterfalls in 27 states (the MassFalls site is incorporated into this one). Another good one is Waterfalls of the Northeastern United States
. It has hundred and hundreds
of waterfalls sorted by state, plus tons of other info about waterfalls. It covers New England and New York, plus Washington, Oregon, Alberta, British Columbia, and one waterfall in California. For global coverage: www.worldwaterfalldatabase.com
. Another FUN waterfall site is Waterfalls by Jan & Christy Butler
, which includes 360° photos of waterfalls in New England plus a few in New York. None of these excellent sites have ALL the waterfalls, but they are still great resources.
My lovely wife and I always takes lots of pictures of the waterfalls we visit, and I'm constantly adding them to this page. We just think waterfalls are awesome! So, in no particular order, here are some of our photos of waterfalls we've visited:
May 23, 2016
My lovely wife and I took a week-long vacation at our family's cabin at camp in Maine. While we were there, we used the opportunity to explore several delightful spots that we'd never had time for during the actual camp session. Brickett Falls was one of them.
Although the trailhead was a little hard to find (since the directions in the guidebook were wrong!), it was well worth the effort. After a delightful 1.1 mile uphill hike through a variety of woodlands, we emerged from the trees at the bottom of the series of multiple horsetails and slides that make up Brickett Falls. The trail along the falls allows you to hike up beside it and climb out onto the rocks at each of the small falls. Although the highest drop is only 8', we really enjoyed this outing quite a bit. The photos above going down the page are in the order we saw them: from the bottom of the falls to the top.
Bash Bish Falls
Mount Washington State Forest
Mount Washington MA
Don't let your eyes fool you, this thing is HUGE! Those twin falls coming around that "spur" of rock up there are over 50' tall! Plus there's another 40' of cascades up above it that didn't make it into the picture! Situated on the New York border in the southwest corner of Massachusetts, Bash Bish Falls is billed as the state's "most spectacular falls". I've been to a mighty lot of waterfalls in the state, and so far I've got to agree. This falls is simply SPECTACULAR! Plus, it's less than 15 minutes from the parking lot on a fairly easy trail that has stairs on the really steep parts. Highly recommended.
Niagara Falls NY
August 23, 1999
In August of 1999, on the way home from my brother-in-law's wedding in Almont Michigan, we stopped to see America's most famous waterfall. From Michigan to Massachusetts, it's a straight shot across Ontario's southern peninsula to Niagara Falls, and straight across New York State to Massachusetts. So since we were going through the town of Niagara Falls NY on the way home from the wedding, we stopped to see this absolutely stunning waterfall! Wow! We were able to get pretty close, but I was a bit bummed when I discovered that that stairway to the viewing station at the bottom of the picture was closed to the public. *sigh* But it's still an amazing sight no matter where you view it from!
Glen Moss Falls
(date unknown as yet)
(but it's in my records somewhere so it will appear here eventually)
Special thanks to Dean Goss at Waterfalls of the Northeast United States
for identifying this one for me. It was languishing in the Unknowns at the bottom of this page for a month before he contacted me. One down, one to go.
September 4, 2006
Ross Brook Falls (above)
& Tannery Brook Falls (below)
After driving on some really binky roads, ending with most of a mile on a beat up dirt road, you park in this little tiny parking area. From there, you plunge into the woods. And I do mean "plunge" because the trail almost immediately starts down steeper and steeper. Several sets of stairs make the descent a bit easier at the more difficult places. But when you step off the final stair at the bottom, you see why you've been able to hear the falls almost all the way down: to your left is the amazing Ross Brook Falls (pictured above) and to your right is the equally amazing Tannery Brook Falls (pictured below). It's a twofer!
(see above photo for info on this one)
(Sorry this video is in the wrong place. It actually belongs up one tier below #5, but I mislabeled it as #6 when I first put it on YouTube, so when I downloaded it to here I put it in the wrong place. And evidently moving it is beyond my admittedly limited tech abilities right now. So it's going to stay out of place here until I figure it out how to move it. Oh well.)
Enders State Forest
April 3, 2008
Enders Falls is actually a long series of small falls of all different sizes and types. There are six main sets of falls with lots of smaller falls in between, and every one of them is a delight! The six photos above are in order as you walk down beside the falls from the top down. We sat on a big flat rock on the right side of #5 and ate our lunch while we watched the falls and listened to the sound of the falling water. Ah bliss!
Gunn Brook Upper Falls #1
Gunn Brook Upper Falls #2
Gunn Brook Upper Falls
April 7, 2008
Gunn Brook Upper Falls --- and the middle and lower falls, too --- is off of (appropriately enough) Falls Rd on a steep little dirt road called (also quite appropriately) Gunn Cross Rd, in Sunderland MA. I don't remember ever seeing anyone else on this road even though I've been to this delightful falls quite a few times --- it's only about 15 or 20 minutes from our house. Most of the year, Gunn Brook Upper Falls is just a whole bunch of trickles spread out about 10'-20' wide going down over a couple of 15' drops. Even then, it's still pretty cool and very gorgeous. But this particular visit, we purposely went during spring thaw and the water was just THUNDERING down in a torrent! It was awesome!
The upper part of this part of the falls has a bit of an undercut in the cliff behind it. You can almost get behind it without getting wet. It comes down into a large, shallow pool that's probably about 20' square. That's our friend and former housemate Rowan standing next to the edge of the pool. The lower part of the falls flows directly out of that pool in a series of step cascades before the brook meanders along it's merry way to the Middle and Lower falls.
Hudson Brook Chasm Falls
Natural Bridge State Park
North Adams MA
September 19, 1999 (I think)
First, the water flows over the only white granite dam in the entire USA into a small pool before flowing down a small cascade into a smaller pool and then entering the chasm itself (top photo). Then it winds it's way through the rock trough it's dug over the centuries, creating some wonderful rock formations (middle and lower photos). The Natural Bridge of Natural Bridge State park is a place just below these photos where Hudson Brook has actually drilled it's way through the stone leaving a very cool natural rock bridge above it.
Crawford Notch State Park
Hart's Location NH
August 13, 2008
This is plain and simple the most amazing waterfall I've ever seen. It's not wide, but it sure is tall! Pictured here is just the part you can see from the road... and it does comes down right to the edge of the road! There's actually a lot more of it that you can't see from here, it goes on for a long, long, long ways up the mountain. Once when I was a teen, some friends and I spent most of a day climbing the falls and I never did get to the top!
Even more amazing is that about 100 yards up the road is another tremendous waterfall just like this one: the Flume Cascades. Not quite as much of it is visible from the road, but it's still mighty spectacular! (See the next photo below.)
P.S. Just to give an idea of the scale of Silver Cascades, can you find me in the above picture?
Crawford Notch State Park
Hart Location NH
August 13, 2008
Like I said just above at Silver Cascades, Flume Cascades is literally right next to it. You just walk up the road for about 60 seconds and there it is. It's just as big, just as long, and just as awesome as Silver Cascades... there's just not as much of it visible from the road. Actually, you can see a bunch more of it from the road than is in this picture, but this is the picture I've got so it's what you get to see, alright?
Sanderson Brook Falls
March 17, 2008
When my lovely wife and left our home in the valley to go visit Sanderson Brook Falls one day in the middle of March, it was in the mid-50's at our house. But an hour later when we got to the hilltown of Chester MA, it was in the lower 30's, and the trail was completely covered with at least a foot of snow! (You can see snow through the trees on either side of the falls.) Fortunately, we had plenty of warm clothing with us and the trail was an easy hike. Unfortunately, when we got to the falls, the access trail down to it was very steep, very narrow, very icy, and there was absolutely no way we could possible get down it without ending up in the water. So this is a long-distance photo from the main trail. We're planning on going back to this one, but later in the Spring next time.
Chapel Brook Falls #1
Chapel Brook Falls #2
Chapel Brook Falls #3
Chapel Brook Falls
June 15, 2008
Chapel Brook comes gushing down the mountain, goes through a stone tunnel under the road, and then spills down over the cliffs in a long series of four major falls and a bunch of smaller ones, too. (Sorry there's no picture of #4.) There's not really a trail down alongside it, but there isn't much of any underbrush in the woods so it's fairly easy to make your way down.
Up above on the other side of the road is a really nice trail that winds around and up the mountain, past some pretty neat cliffs (that have climbers on them regularly), and eventually ends at a fabulous view looking down over Ashfield.
part of the lower part of Waconah Falls
Waconah Falls State Park
July 11, 2008
The whole falls is BIG! Plus, there's a boodle of smaller falls up stream for those who actually take the time to walk up the trail from here. (see photo below) One of the great things about Wahconah Falls is that it's only 5 minutes from the road! It's 3 minutes from Rte. 9 to the Waconah Falls State Park parking lot, and then just a 2 minutes walk down the hill to the head of the falls.
one of the many, many smaller falls above the main part of Waconah Falls
Waconah Falls State Park
September 3, 2005
Island Pond VT
My brother-in-law Pete has a really cool place up in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Besides the little house he built himself with plenty of help from friends and family (and ah helped!), his property also has a huge sandcliff, a beaver pond, lots of trails that Pete cut himself, and this really cool waterfall! This view is looking down from the top of the largest vertical drop. Next time we visit Pete, I'm sure Nancy will take some photos from the bottom, too, because it's pretty beautiful from the front.
Lost River Gorge
Woodstock, New Hampshire
I recently unearthed both the prints and the negatives of my first three rolls of film ever! I took these pictures when I was 11 years old way back in 1967! I made an exhibit of them in my virtual art museum. (Click here
to see the whole thing.) Lost River is a pretty amazing natural phenomena. Over about 3/4 of a mile, the river drops hundreds of feet through a deep rocky gorge. The river is often out of sight underground -- hence the "Lost" part -- and you have to climb down various ladders from the boardwalk into subterranean caves to see all of it! It's awesome! I love this place. This is just three of the smaller falls there.
July 29, 2009
A covered bridge, a stone wall, and a waterfall! Cool. Plus, we're sitting on a wooden park bench beside the stream enjoying the sight and sound of this little falls.
(I'll post the info here as soon as I figure out what falls this is. If you have any idea, please email me. Thanks)
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