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Giant Falls

Length: 3.0 miles out-and-back

Difficulty (click for info): Easy

Elevation Gain: 850 feet

Rating (click for info): 6/10

Height: 110'

River: Peabody Brook

Best Time to Visit:
Visit after a heavy rain or during spring runoff.

Driving Directions:
Trailhead is located on North Road in Shelburne, NH, 1.3 miles east of Rt. 2. North Road leaves Rt. 2 4.7 miles east of Rt. 16. There is a small dirt pull-off on the right side of the road and an AMC sign at the trail on the other.

About the Hike:
Located very near NH's tallest waterfall (Dryad Fall), and although one of the tallest itself, Giant Falls is often overlooked in favor of the more popular White Mountain waterfalls. Giant Falls is enormously tall, and ironically is fed by a tiny brook. Unfortunately, this means that in dry times, the waterfall becomes little more than a wet cliff. But in times of higher water, Giant Falls is a more than worthy destination of any waterfall explorer.

Cross the road and begin hiking on the Peabody Brook Trail, which follows a logging road most of the way. Watch for trail signs to avoid snowmobile trails. The trail crosses Peabody Brook on a bridge, then turns left to follow it from high above. 0.4 miles after passing a logged clearing, bear left to stay on the trail where Middle Mountain Trail follows another logging road off to the right. Just past this, the trail leaves the logging road. After traversing level forest terrain, it turns uphill and becomes steep and rocky. In 0.4 miles from the last junction, a spur shoots off downhill, and the main trail continues up. Turn left onto the spur, marked by a sign for Giant Falls. The spur descends to the brook and follows it for 0.3 miles to Giant Falls.

The trail allows you to walk right up to the base of the waterfall, where the size of the cliff alone may take you by surprise. The elegant little brook glides down through paths in the rippled rock.


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