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Purgatory Falls

Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire

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  • Sign at the Lower Falls Parking Area.- Purgatory Falls
  • Easy trail to Lower Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • More rocks and roots in the trail near Lower Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Lower Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Lower Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook Trail.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook.- Purgatory Falls
  • Trail split pointing to Upper Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook.- Purgatory Falls
  • Resting rocks at Upper Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Upper Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Trail above Upper Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Above Upper Purgatory Falls.- Purgatory Falls
  • Purgatory Brook Trail.- Purgatory Falls
  • Trail junction at the north end of the Purgatory Brook Trail. - Purgatory Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Short, easy walk to Lower Falls. Family friendly.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Region:
Merrimack Valley, NH
Access: 
Hike-in
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Distance: 
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Lower Purgatory Falls is a fantastic family-friendly hike due to its short half-mile length and wide, well-established footpath. This popular trail leaves from a small parking area and continues on easy terrain to the approximately 12-foot falls. The falls are first seen through the trees, where the trail becomes rockier with some roots. An opening in the trees at the water’s edge to the right of the falls offers an open view and is a great destination for those seeking a quick, scenic walk.

If you’re interested in continuing on, Purgatory Brook offers two additional waterfalls that are known as Middle Falls and Upper Falls. It is approximately 3 miles each way if you follow the trail north to its end. Upper Falls has a quiet, secluded feel to it, especially if you have it to yourself, but be sure to bring insect repellent and sturdy footwear because the trail can be rocky and muddy. Roots along the trail are especially slippery when wet. Upper Falls can also be accessed via a short trail off of a dirt road to the north, but this isn’t recommended due to extremely tight, limited parking.

For yet another option to view the waterfalls, two additional parking areas exist on Purgatory Road and Dow Road, where you can opt for a loop hike on the Wah Lum Trail that spurs off onto the Purgatory Brook Trail to reach the falls. A map is recommended to avoid getting lost.

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