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Jackson Falls

G Rating 4.5
WOW Factor 3

Plumb Rating 


Height: 85'


Distance: N/A



GPS and Map Details
Latitude:   44° 9.012' N
Longitude: 71° 10.812' W
Elevation:   ~1,920 ft
Face:         ~170° (S)

Maps:  Topozone

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A shot of upper Jackson Falls in Jackson, New Hampshire

Upper Jackson Falls (8/1/2005, 55 mm, f/20, 1/5 sec, ISO 100)


This is another easily accessible waterfall in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, just out of its namesake village of Jackson.


Jackson Falls is a series of drops along several hundred feet of the  River.  I was only able to access the top portion of the area.  There is a parking area at the top along with picnic tables.


One could spend a long time here photographing the various falls, working with angles and compositions.  I enjoyed it, although you should be aware that the rocks here are very slick.


Getting There

The village of Jackson is located off of Route 16 just north of Conway, New Hampshire.  Arriving from the south, turn right across the Jackson Covered Bridge (bright red - if you miss it you're blind).  Follow this main road as it loops through town and back to Route 16.  About midway in the loop and just prior to entering the historic Jackson district you will cross a bridge.  Turn right (the direction and the timing) after crossing the stream and follow the road up the hill to the falls.


Hike Details

The waterfall is beside the road.


Photo Tips

This is an exposed area so your main problem here is light.  There is too much of it.  If possible try to get here early or on an overcast day.


The granite rocks and small pools of water between falls are highly reflective, making a polarizer highly recommended.


Choices on composition are plentiful.  For a place like this I like to get stream level but there are also some good compositions using the pine trees along the near bank.


Shutter speed?  The upper falls are generally best with slower shutter speeds, while the lower falls (if you get a view of them) appear to be falling through some narrow channels that might look good with faster shutter speeds.  For slower speeds you will need a tripod.


A 28-70 zoom lens should work nicely here.


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