Sabbaday Falls in White Mountain National Forest is an easy family hike with areas to wade and view of breathtaking Sabbaday Falls. #WhiteMountains #NH
All photos courtesy of Northeast Hikes.
During our White Mountains vacation, we drove from North Conway through the White Mountains National Forest to Lincoln. About halfway, we stopped at Sabbaday Falls for an easy family hike.
Like many waterfalls and gorges in the area, it is believed to have been carved out by a glacier over 10,000 years ago. Indeed, Sabbaday Falls is much like The Flume Gorge in many ways, and is a very popular spot in the Summer. Unfortunately, swimming is prohibited at Sabbaday Falls, but it's a wonderful view and very much worth the hike. The kids may not agree as much with me as they were hot and wanted to cool off.
At the moment, I can't seem to locate these files, but when I do, I'll be sure to share more photos with you!
Directions to Sabbaday Falls
From I-93 exit 32, the Sabbaday Falls parking lot is 19.8 miles East on "The Kanc" (Kancamagus Highway) which is also known as Route 112. When traveling East, the lot will be on the right.
What to Pack for Hiking Sabbaday Falls
- Bug Spray
- Hats and Sun Glasses
- Water Bottles
- Wet Wipes
- Mini First Aid Kit
- Camera and Batteries
For hiking tips from someone that is really an expert, check out Northeast Hikes. My friend Daren, a fellow Mainer, has been hiking all over New England for years. By the way, I highly recommend his books, Open Season and Let's Go For a Ride.
Safe Hiking in NH
It is important to be prepared when hiking! The NH Fish and Game Department and the White Mountain National Forest have provided tons of great information HERE for safe hiking in NH. Here are the ten essential items that you must have for day hikes:
- Warm Clothing:
- Sweater or Pile Jacket
- Long Pants
- Extra Food and Water
- Flashlight or Headlamp
- First Aid Kit/Repair Kit
- Rain/Wind Jacket and Pants
- Pocket Knife
While it is unlikely that you would get lost when you stick to the trail at Sabbaday Falls, it is important to always be prepared. Learn more about the Hike Safe Card.
It is also important to note that cell phone coverage is spotty and you cannot rely on phone apps to help you navigate. Plan on bringing a compass and map (I love this waterproof map).
Keep in mind that if you are doing longer hikes, or those at higher elevation, you will need additional items and provisions.
Lianne SHEmple says
I agree! This is a really great spot for families.
And it's a good place to go on a hot day too because a lot of the trail is shaded.
Ang Paris says
YES! It is well shaded in many areas. 🙂