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Waterfalls - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyNew Hampshire is home to more than 100 waterfalls, enough to keep even the most avid nature lover busy for many years. Our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite waterfall hikes in the White Mountains!

Many of New Hampshire's most beautiful waterfalls are easily accessible, mere footsteps away from the highway. Others require some serious trekking. You'll find examples of both on this list, but rest assured that all the waterfalls listed below are accessible to most hikers. 

  • Rainbow Falls - 47 Cummings Hill Rd., Plymouth, NH 03264
    Rainbow Falls is the centerpiece of Walter-Newton Natural Area, a picturesque nature preserve in Plymouth. A charming multi-tiered cascade on Glove Hollow Brook, Rainbow Falls has a 25-foot total drop surrounded by serene woodlands. Rainbow Falls is easy to reach via a 1.2-mile out-and-back hike from the trailhead on Cummings Road, just a few minutes from these Plymouth homes for sale.

  • Arethusa Falls - Arethusa Falls Rd., Hart's Location, NH 03812
    Bemis Brook tumbles over a rugged granite rock face to form the 140-foot Arethusa Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire. Located within Crawford Notch State Park, the falls can be reached via the Arethusa Falls Trail, which departs from a trailhead on U.S. Route 302. It's a 2.8-mile out-and-back hike over moderate terrain, a short drive from many Hart's Location homes for sale. There are also many other great hiking trails in this 5,000-plus-acre park. 

  • Gem Pool - Base Station Rd., Jefferson, NH 03583
    The hike to Gem Pool via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail gives you great bang for your buck in terms of scenery. Not only do you get to see the Gem Pool itself—a cascading stream that tumbles down a craggy rock face into a crystal-clear pool—but also two additional unnamed falls on the Ammonoosuc River. The falls are accessible via the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead within White Mountain National Forest. Located near these Jefferson homes for sale, this is a spectacular hike but also a bit more strenuous than the other falls on our list. The trail is a 4.4-mile out-and-back that gains about 1,600 feet in elevation.

  • Georgiana Falls - 9-3 Georgiana Falls Rd., Lincoln, NH 03251
    One of New Hampshire's lesser-known waterfalls, Georgiana Falls is accessible from a barely-marked trailhead on Georgiana Falls Road, a stone's throw from these Lincoln homes for sale. This moderate waterfall hike is popular among locals and is two falls in one. Lower Georgiana Falls is easier to reach, requiring just a 1.6-mile out-and-back hike. But Upper Georgiana Falls (also known as Harvard Falls) is the more impressive of the two and adds just one extra mile to the trek. 

  • Glen Ellis Falls - White Mountain Road, Jackson, NH 03846
    Located within the Glen Ellis Scenic Area in White Mountain National Forest, Glen Ellis is the easiest to reach of all the waterfalls on our list. The pathway to this beautiful 70-foot cascade is just 600 feet from the roadside and just minutes from many Jackson homes for sale. Of course, you have options if you're interested in a longer hike. The trailhead to Glen Ellis Falls also serves as an entrance point to the Appalachian Trail, extending all the way from Georgia to Maine!

Contact us today to learn more about life in New Hampshire, and be sure to ask our real estate agents how we can help you find your dream home in the White Mountains!


ice cream standsAs the most delicious way to support local dairy farmers, ice cream in Central New Hampshire is a big deal. We've picked three of the best ice cream stands in Central NH that you won't want to skip this summer!

Sawyer's Dairy Bar, Gilford

Sawyer's has been making its ice cream in-house for over 70 years. Despite this long tenure, there's always something new for Gilford residents to try. Sawyer's offers a huge variety of flavors that get changed up on a weekly basis. Like many Central New Hampshire ice cream stands, Sawyer's also has a robust full food menu with everything from lobster rolls to cheeseburgers.

Jordan's Ice Creamery, Belmont

Like Sawyer's, Jordan's in Belmont makes its own in-house ice cream. However, Jordan's has "only" been serving its fabulous homemade ice cream to Central New Hampshirites for a little over two decades. This ice cream stand is one that specializes in ice cream and ice cream only — aside from a few sodas. There isn't a lobster roll on the menu, but Jordan's does have every variation of an ice cream-based treat you could imagine. Popular items include their specialty sundaes, thick frappes, and waffle ice cream sandwiches.

Frosty Scoops, Plymouth

A local Plymouth favorite, this tiny seasonal stand offers two dozen flavors of Common Man Homemade Ice Cream with no frills at low prices. Frosty Scoops is operated by the Launch Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which promotes job skill training for high schoolers through paid summer employment. Central New Hampshirites are all about ice cream and our summers are wonderful in the area. If you can see yourself spending the season with your family lakeside in Central NH, consider contacting us at Peabody & Smith Realty today. ice cream

[caption id="attachment_3661" align="alignnone" width="711"]summer music festivals The Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place this year August 4 to August 7 in Thornton.[/caption] A variety of music festivals are in full swing in the White Mountains and Lakes Region, and summer is the perfect season to get out, get loud, and have fun with family and friends. Whether you're an event-seeker, a show-fanatic, or a genre guru, summer music festivals in central New Hampshire offer excitement, unique amenities, and unforgettable experiences for all. Strap in and find tickets for our top summer music festivals in central New Hampshire.

New Hampshire Music Festival: July 5 to August 4, Plymouth

This year, the New Hampshire Music Festival follows a "Wanderlust" theme, kicking off July 5 and lasting to August 4. Welcoming back Conductor Laureate Paul Polivnick, the New Hampshire Music Festival promises enjoyment via a three-concert chamber music series alongside David Amram, multi-instrumentalist. Some events in the New Hampshire Music Festival are free, and its Family Concert on July 23 features adult tickets for $5 with free admission to kids under age 18. Find tickets here.

Great Waters Music Festival: June 24 to August 26, Wolfeboro

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the cultural enrichment of the New Hampshire Lakes Region, the Great Waters Music Festival features outstanding professional and amateur musicians alike. A range of styles from symphonic to jazz can be expected. Taking place between June 24 and August 26, the Great Waters Music Festival happens in Wolfeboro. Find tickets here.

Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival: August 4 to August 7, Thornton

Far more than a music festival, the Pemi Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place between August 4 and August 7 and features The Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, the Gibson Brothers, and Blue Highway. Attendees have the option to reserve camping sites and enroll in workshops and a kids academy. Take the family, settle in, and soak up a rich experience provided by some of the state's finest bluegrass professionals. Find tickets here. Central New Hampshire provides a beautiful backdrop for outdoor music festivals. If you're planning a family lakeside stay in Central NH, contact us at Peabody & Smith Realty today.