Flume Cascade, New Hampshire

Flume Cascade in September 2010

Right near the entrance of Crawford Notch State Park, you may notice a stream or two flowing down the bedrock. One of them is Silver Cascade, while the other is Flume Cascade. While there are a plethora of people climbing up and down Silver Cascade, there aren’t nearly as many people (if any) near Flume Cascade. If I remember correctly, this shot was taken from the bridge, and there’s not any particularly easy way to get closer to the falls. In this case, the falls are take up a lot of “space”, and so if you were really close to the falls, you might not be able to grasp the full magnitude of the cascade. And while Flume Cascade is relatively tall, it’s not the most attractive waterfall in the park or in the general vicinity. Still, this cascade is so easy to visit it would be crazy not to at least stop!

Directions:

  1. From the cross-section of US-3 and US-302 in New Hampshire, head southeast on US-302 to the entrance for Crawford Notch State Park. (The entrance isn’t really a formal entrance, but I think there is a sign.)
  2. After entering the park, look on the left of US-302, and you’ll see both Flume and Silver Cascades. They’re pretty difficult to miss, unless there’s some reason they’ve dried up!

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 300′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Flume Cascade?

Silver Cascade, New Hampshire

Silver Cascade in September 2010

Silver Cascade is a larger cascade in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire. As you enter the park, it is one of the cascades you’ll see, along with Flume Cascade. While Silver Cascade is not one of my favorite waterfalls, it does have some positive attributes.

One of the nice things about Silver Cascade is how easy it is to visit. I am always disappointed when I see these sort of waterfalls on the side of the road, and yet I can’t stop and see them for one reason or another. So I really do like that there is a parking area designated for the falls. I like that in addition to being easy to visit, you can also explore around the falls. As can be seen in the photo, people are climbing up around the falls.

Directions:

  1. From the cross-section of US-3 and US-302 in New Hampshire, head southeast on US-302 to the entrance for Crawford Notch State Park. (The entrance isn’t really a formal entrance, but I think there is a sign.)
  2. After entering the park, look on the left of US-302, and you’ll see both Flume and Silver Cascades. They’re pretty difficult to miss, unless there’s some reason they’ve dried up!

Accessibility: 10/10 (easy)
Height: 250′
Length of Hike: roadside

Where in the World is Silver Cascade?