Glen Ellis Falls is one of the best waterfalls in New Hampshire for many reasons. It is easy to get to, has a well maintained trail with signs that give you some of the history of Glen Ellis Waterfall and the Ellis River, and above all an experience that you won’t forget.
Glen Ellis Falls is a very unique waterfall as it drops 64′ down at an odd right angle. The precise natural formation of the stone at Glen Ellis gives it this right angle drop. The falls also have a decent water flow all year long and pounding water that you can not only hear, but also feel under your feet, will remind you of the shear power of the water at Glen Ellis Falls. You can smell the water as the powerful waterfall creates a mist that surrounds you.
From the very beginning of your short journey to the Falls, you will be surprised, first by the fact the trail starts under the highway and all the work that has gone into making the trail to Glen Ellis Falls accessible by almost everyone. Even the handrails made out of logs are impressive. The steps made from granite and the viewing areas, one at the top, another half way down the falls and the last one at the base of the Falls. On your way to the falls you may be a bit shocked by the green water in the pool in the Ellis River just before Glen Ellis Falls. The green water is due to high amounts of nutrients but provides a spectacular color, adding to the wonder and excitement of Glen Ellis Falls. Further down stream as the trail continues, you will notice the river suddenly disappears, and a little unexpectedly you arrive at the top of Glen Ellis Falls. If you dare, be sure to observe the falls from the top observation area where it gives you a straight down view of Glen Ellis Falls. As you descend down the steps, you will find yourself at the base of the falls where there you will find the best places for photos. Only drawback is your camera lens and camera will get wet from the spray coming from this powerful waterfall.
Keep in mind that this waterfall is almost always a busy place. We went there on a weekday, just after the Fall Foliage leaf peepers were gone, and also just before sunset and we were alone to enjoy this unique waterfall, a very rare chance. The park closes at 10:00pm for those who want to enjoy the waterfall on a romantic moonlit night.
Weddings at Glen Ellis Falls:
If you are interested in having a wedding at Glen Ellis Falls, expect that you wont be alone. You will want to contact the town of Jackson for information about having a wedding at the waterfall. Glen Ellis Falls are easily accessed, there is some room at the base, not a lot but maybe enough for a small wedding.
Directions to Glen Ellis Falls: Take Rt. 16 to Pinkham Notch in the White Mountain National Forest. 1/2 mile South of the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center is the parking area on the West side of the road. The trail and parking area and very clearly marked as shown in the photos below. Walk through the tunnel under the road, down the rocks steps to the base of the Falls.
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