This is one of the Best waterfalls in the Northeast



 Abs Mag:


 Beisel Rating:



80 feet

 Tallest Drop:

80 feet

 # of Drops:





Dry Brook






USGS Franconia 7 1/2"


Aerial Photography


43 F11



The falls from the base, click to enlarge

The crest of the falls, click to enlarge

the small fall on the tributary above Cloudland Falls, click to enlarge

the small tiered falls on Dry Brook above Cloudland Falls, click to enlarge



Lincoln , Grafton County, NH , USA


No Known Alternate Names



The falls from the base



Cloudland Falls is the highlight of the hike up the Falling Waters Trail. After about 1.4 miles of hiking in which you'll pick up 1100' of elevation, you'll arrive at Cloudland Falls, an 80' dancing fan of water. Above the falls, a side stream leaps into the gorge just above the brink. The main stem of the stream has a tiered waterfall too. This hike is a definite trip for any waterfall bagger in the Franconia Notch region.


Geology and Bedrock Structure:

Cloudland Falls drops over a cliff in the Kinsman Quart Monzonite formation.




Photography Notes:

This one of the best slow shutter studies I've come across, at least in low water. You'll want a tripod and a polarizer here. With the red tones of the granitic cliff, a warming filter might be overkill. The falls face west, so early morning or overcast days will be best. 28-80mm of zoom will capture this waterfall quite nicely.



Take Route 3/I-93 into Franconia Notch. Take the Lafayette Campground exit and cross your fingers for a parking space. The lot gets full quickly on weekends due to the large number of people who use the Falling Waters Trail as a connector to the Franconia Ridge Trail.