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Zealand Falls

White Mountains, New Hampshire

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  • Trailhead kiosk with a map of the area.- Zealand Falls
  • Fee station at the trailhead.- Zealand Falls
  • The Zealand Falls Hut is just above the falls.- Zealand Falls
  • It's 2.7 miles to the falls and another 0.1 mile to the hut.- Zealand Falls
  • The trail to Zealand Falls is fairly easy going.- Zealand Falls
  • Bridging over a wetland area.- Zealand Falls
  • One of the many views along the trail.- Zealand Falls
  • Zealand Falls in low water.- Zealand Falls
  • A cascade at Zealand Falls.- Zealand Falls
  • View from the Zealand Falls Hut.- Zealand Falls
  • Zealand Falls Hut offers baked goods and lodging.- Zealand Falls
  • Couples and families taking a break above the falls.- Zealand Falls
  • View from the rocks above the falls.- Zealand Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic. Great for all ages. Backcountry hut.
Cons: 
Road closed in winter.
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Region:
White Mountains, NH
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Net Elevation Gain: 
575.00 ft (175.26 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,000.00 ft (609.60 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Zealand Falls is a White Mountain adventure the whole family can enjoy. At 2.7 miles each way with generally easy terrain, you’ll enjoy scenic woods, mountain views at two ponds, and a waterfall, all without a lot of hard work. The waterfall is an approximately 25-foot-high series of cascades on Whitewall Brook, which can run low in drier times of year. The trail near the waterfall is the steepest of the whole trek, with a moderately uphill grade on rocky terrain. It’s worth hiking the extra tenth of a mile to the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Zealand Falls Hut to check out the view from the porch. During the summer and fall, the hut provides a great place to take a break, use the restroom, or take cover during a passing shower. The hut was built in 1932 and sleeps 36 people. Staff are on duty June through October, offering not only a place to stay, but also coffee, lemonade, and baked goods, which are available for a small donation.

Zealand Falls Hut is popular among beginners and families due to the fairly easy hike to reach it; other AMC huts require hikes with more mileage and elevation gain over steeper terrain. Zealand Falls is accessible year round for those who like to snowshoe or cross-country ski; however, the dirt access road is seasonal and closed in winter. If you venture out once the snow flies, you’ll need to plan for a longer day, as walking the road adds a few miles each way.

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