Here’s an idea. How about you leave the rush of everyday life behind for a bit, and replace it with the sights and sounds of rushing water. We made a trip to Randolph and the Appalachia trail head on the hunt for waterfalls, and here’s what we found.
The trail on the way to our first fall of the day is a pretty easy walk. Follow the sign that points to Valley Way. Once you reach the intersection of Sylvan Way and Fallsway, bear to the left, and go downhill slightly. You’ll hear the sound of water rushing and then all of a sudden, you’ll see Gordon Fall.
The fall is also marked by a sign on a tree. (Hint: all the falls on this trek will be indicated by a nearby sign). What a great display of cascading water spilling over the rocks. From Gordon Fall, we headed back to the trail on our way to Lower Salroc Fall. The trail follows Snyder Brook upstream but is a fairly easy trail, with some slight inclines. Within about 10 minutes you’ll be at Lower Salroc. This is a much smaller fall, but is beautiful just the same.
Go up a short incline and you’ll come to Upper Salroc. Take some time here and sit on one of the big rocks at the base of the fall, enjoy the sunshine and the water rushing all around you. While the roaring is incredibly loud – it’s oddly peaceful and calming.
Keep heading upstream and in just another few minutes you’ll come to the intersection of Valley Way. You’ll want to follow this route to Tama Fall, there are a couple of steep slopes along the way, but not for very long and before you know it you’re at the fall.
Take in the beauty of this natural wonder from a couple of spots. Walk out on the rocks at the top to watch the water flowing down the rocks. But it’s equally impressive to see it from down below where you can really appreciate the cascades of water gracefully flowing over the rocky terrain.
To get to the final fall of this trek, you’ll back track from Tama fall to the intersection of Valley Way and Fallsway Trail. Continue down Valley Way until it intersects with Sylvan Way, and bear left. Follow the yellow hash marks on the trees, it’s not as well marked but keep an eye out you’ll come to a trail sign soon enough. Go through the intersection of Air Line and continue on Sylvan Way to Coldbrook Fall. From Tama Fall to Coldbrook Fall is about a 25 minute walk or so, but the inclines are brief and the terrain pretty even. Coldbrook is said to be about a 40 foot plunge or so, and it is most certainly spectacular with the water surging down over boulders and rocks.
We found the best viewing spots for this one was along the rocky banks, but there’s a really cool stone column bridge just below the fall that you’ll want to stop and see.
To get back to the parking area from here, backtrack on Sylvan to the intersection of Air Line, then bear left which will lead you back to where you started. New Hampshire has more than 100 waterfalls so there are plenty of others to see. There are about 10 or so located in and around Crawford Notch State Park, and our friends at NH State Parks made it around to see 8 in one day. Another great one to check out for its beauty and historical significance is the Flume Gorge, located in Franconia Notch State Park.