[29] Lower Falls of the Ammonoosuc

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Lower Falls on the Ammonoosuc River

Lower Falls on the Ammonoosuc River (White Mountain Attractions photo)

Lower Falls on the Ammonoosuc River is an easily-accessed waterfall cascading 30 to 40 feet over granite steps naturally carved out by the water.  The graded trail leading up to the falls is suitable for all ages and abilities.  At the bottom of the falls, the water forms a wide pool deep enough for swimming.  This is also a good spot for trout fishing when not crowded.

In the late 1800s Lower Falls was the site of one of James E. Henry’s first sawmills and the pool at the bottom of the falls was clogged with bi-product from the mill.  How does this image compare with the image before you today?  The Ammonoosuc River is a major tributary of the Connecticut River, New England’s longest and one of its most important for industry.

Historical photo of J.E. Henry's mill on the Lower Falls of the Ammonoosuc River

Historical photo of J.E. Henry’s mill on the Lower Falls of the Ammonoosuc River (David Govatski)

How might have changes to the Ammonoosuc River affected people and businesses along the Connecticut River prior to the Weeks Act?  How does the health of this spot today contribute to local industry?

IMPORTANT:  Historic places on the national forest are protected by federal law.  Please leave it where you find it for the benefit of future generations!

 

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    Directions to Next Site:

    Up ahead on the Weeks Act Legacy Trail, more recreation on a site once dominated by the logging industry.  Travel west on Rte 302 for 1.4 miles, then turn left into the Zealand Picnic Area.

     


     

     

     

     

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