Overall Rating: 3/5
Swim Rating: Not Allowed
Hike Time/Distance/Difficulty: None/Negligible/Roadside
When we found this waterfall, it was certainly done accidentally. I got lost one day, had been in the car for too long and needed a break, so I saw the covered bridge from the road (which I think was 302) and stopped, not realizing the falls sat just below. This is a dam sourced waterfall and though pretty peaceful, it probably isn’t a place for the waterfall purist to travel to specifically. However, there’s been a bench set just to the left of the bridge entrance which seems like a lovely place to sit and relax for a bit. If it wasn’t so cold the day we visited, I probably would have done just that!
This location is not to be confused with Swiftwater Falls which is also located in Bath on the Ammonoosuc River, though confusion seems very easily accomplished. To find this waterfall, you take Rt. 302 into Bath, NH and turn at the Congregational Church. There’s a small patch of dirt to the right of the entrance of the bridge. It’s probably easiest to park here and walk around.
There is absolutely no swimming here as a) it’s a dam and b) the current is extremely strong. However, if you park where mentioned above and walk across the bridge, you can walk down the hill to the right to access an old rail trail. This trail has now become a walking/snowmobiling/ATV-ing trail, but no access by highway vehicles is allowed.
Hope this brings you to a good adventure!
Have fun and be safe!