Flume Gorge, Franconia Notch State
Park, New Hampshire
(7/31/2005, 22 mm, f/16, 2 sec, ISO 100)
This beautifully located waterfall can be found in the Flume Gorge of
Franconia Notch State Park. The state park is located in the White
Mountain National Forest and runs for about eight miles along I-93 from Flume
Gorge at the southern end to Echo Lake on the northern end.
This is not a free state park. Park hours and rates can be found
There are several other good waterfalls within Franconia Notch State Park,
including Liberty Gorge Cascade and
The Pool (within the Flume Gorge area), The
Cascade Brook Falls,
Cloudland Falls, and
Kinsman Falls, to name a few.
Flume Gorge is well marked. Your best bet is to
visit the Franconia Notch
State Park website for
Avalanche Falls is at the top of Flume Gorge and the trail begins behind the
visitor's center. The less adventurous can hitch a ride to the bottom of
Flume Gorge on one of the park's passenger buses.
Starting at the visitor's center, the round trip hike to the falls, Liberty
Gorge Cascade, and The Pool is just over 2 miles. For just Avalanche
Falls, the hike is 0.7 miles one way. Taking the shuttle bus will cut your
distance by 0.5 miles.
For more details on this popular loop hike, check out this
description on GORP.
you will be out of luck here, especially in mid-summer or Fall when the volume
is down. However, if you followed my
advice and brought a good tripod you're in for a treat. This waterfall
makes a great photo at slow shutter speeds.
A normal-to-wide angle lens will be required as you are very close to the
For best results you will need a polarizer
to reduce glare on the rocks and foliage. Also pay close attention to
composition and how much sunlight is hitting the rocks. There are no problems with bright skies or horizon issues but if the sun is
out or if the clouds are thin you could have problems with overexposure on the
bracketing some, about
1/2 to 1 stop underexposure or so.
One other piece of advice.
Be patient. Wait out the crowds. They tend to come by in waves
because of the shuttle buses. The boardwalk is narrow so you'll have to
work quickly to get your pictures. It's worth the wait. If you're
like me you probably won't be back. Make it count.
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