Overall Rating: 3/5 stars
Swim Rating: Swimming Not Allowed
Hiking Time / Distance: 30 mins/.3 mi
Hike Difficulty: Moderately Easy
This is one of the best waterfalls in New Hampshire! Glen Ellis is 64 feet tall; different parts of this falls can be seen along the hike down to the base of the falls. There are a couple small drops before and after the main falls, each only about 10′ in height.
I’ve heard very high ratings of this falls and I would give the falls itself the same rating: five out of five stars. However, as far as the overall rating, the hike is nothing to be laughed at. Hiking down is really no issue, but the hike back up will have your heart racing. It’s a bit strenuous, but very well worth it!
Please do not take the ‘no swimming’ rule lightly!! The current of this waterfall is VERY strong and it’s not worth the risk.
This waterfall can be found off of Route 16 in Jackson, NH. The parking area is clearly marked with a sign labeled ‘White Mountain National Forest Scenic Area – Glen Ellis Falls’. The parking area requires a per car fee ($3, cash only), but this fee can be paid in one park and continuously used for other White Mountain National Forest designated areas. At the corner of the parking lot closest to the road, you’ll see an underpass; that’s the start of the trail. Follow that path and it’ll take you right to the falls!
Have fun and be safe!