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  1. #11

    Waterfall To Propose At

    Hey Dave,

    I'm actually one of the authors of New England Waterfalls, and I think I have a few great waterfalls in mind for you. Before I make some suggestions, I want to urge you to check out the waterfall a few days before you pop the question (the day before would be IDEAL). They are very unpredictable, and some waterfalls could actually still be surrounded by ice, the trails to the falls could be extremely muddy because of the rains, among other factors.

    Out of the 400 waterfalls I've seen in New England, here are some of options I would choose if I were going to ask someone to marry me:

    In Massachusetts:
    1. Bash Bish Falls is OUTSTANDING, but definitely go very early (8am-ish) or very late (1hr before sunseet) if you want to avoid the normal 3-5 people that are there at any point during the middle of the day.

    2. Tannery Falls is one of my top five favorites in New England, and is the spot I think I will recommend most. It's a 0.6 mile hike down to the base of the falls, but waterfalls do not come any more beautiful than this one. It's also very private (early morning or late afternoon, you could potentially have this place to yourself for hours during the spring months.

    In New Hampshire:
    1. Waterville Cascades is by far the best waterfall in the White Mountains that combines a picturesque waterfall with an extremely private setting. It's a 3.4 mile round trip hike (elevation gain about 600ft), so it's not a simple, short hike. However, I can guarantee this waterfall will leave a lasting impression on both of you. This is one of my favorite 10 falls in New England.

    2. Arethusa Falls is one of everybody's old time favorites, but I must warn you of the popularity of the place. I've seen this waterfall 10 times, and I've never seen less than 20 people on my way there or at the falls. If you don't mind the crowds, this is one of the waterfalls I will recommend the most. I also want to warn you that the trail description in my book has changed since printing, and you will need to research the new trail instructions. Also, Arethusa's access trail is EXTREMELY muddy until June-ish usually.

    1. Moxie Falls is a 4hr drive each way from Boston, but it's one of the most powerful, most secluded of all waterfalls in New England. It is popular though, but if you can withstand that, the 0.6 mile hike is EASY as anything, and the waterfall is extraordinarily rugged and scenic.

    I invite you to email me with any more questions if you have any.... You can also check out my website at

    Good luck with this!
    -Greg Parsons

  2. #12
    If you are willing to compromise the 2 hour criteria for the easy walk, try Grafton Notch State Park. Screw Auger Falls is right on route 26 as is Mother Walker Falls(5-10 minute walk from road) and you can visit Sunday River Brewery when you're done.

  3. #13
    Way to go Dave!
    One place you may want to check is Doane's Falls and Royalston Falls in Royalston, MA. Doanes is a series of 4 20-foot cascades, and Royalston Falls is one cascade. They're not terribly high, but I hear it's a nice place and it's under an hour and a half from Boston, about 40 minutes west of Fitchburg/Leominster, MA. I don't know how crowded it gets, but Royalston is off the beaten path in north central MA, so it shouldn't be too bad. I believe the walk from the road is under a half mile for both falls. I wish I could give you more info, but I just moved into the Athol/Royalston area this winter and have yet to get to the falls.

    Here are a few sites to check:
    Doanes Site # 1
    Doanes Site # 2
    Royalston Falls Site # 1
    Royalston Falls Site # 2

    Hope this helps.
    You have to do the hard things in life sooner or later. -- Earl Hickey's Karma Guide

  4. #14
    Man I love you guys. This is the best board ever. Maverickdave welcome and congrats. Great idea and she is gonna love it. I have always been partial to the Franconia Notch area. Very beautiful! Good Luck.

    Cantdog makes it to the board. Welcome and good to see your name again. I wondered when someone from the Sugarloaf board would make it here. Was wondering if you were Parrot Weekend at the River? We are still talking about it here at work.

    I printed off all the falls information provided. Awesome! The skis are away and I am ready to hike. When are we all going an organized hike?
    Pray for Snow

  5. #15
    ok, let me start this by saying that you are all *awesome* for posting all of this info. You have no idea how much I appreciate it.

    Trying to organize all of my thoughts....

    ***I sent my camera-buddy to this site to see the responses (and see when he could go hiking w/me to check some of them out), and this conversation happened on IM:

    (08:51:18 ) Troy: wtf---
    maybe he could be a pal and wade through one of the pools and bushwack up the side, hehe
    (08:51:20) Troy: These guys are insane
    (08:51:31) Troy: you're going to end up engaged, and I'm going to end up in a hospital
    (08:51:40) Me: hahahaha

    ***Stephen, thanks a ton for recommending I come over here. I got a few responses on the geocaching board (including a link to this database, which is awesome:, but this board was definitely better suited to my questions.

    ***cantdog, I'm already being trained on the toilet seat's taking some time, but I'm getting better

    ***Greg, thanks for the info...I'll probably send you an email at some point today. Also, your book is great! I've used it to find falls to go to with Gina...I needed some more details for this particular decision, though

    ***Smitty, you scared the &^%$! out of me. I've been trying to keep this whole process as quiet as possible (especially at work). My manager, who is an avid outdoorsman, is nicknamed "Smitty". I saw your name there, and thought my cover was blown!

    I'm going to try to get away for one of the days this weekend and go do some research. Hopefully I can hit a couple of falls in one day, and make the decision. I'll keep you all posted!

  6. #16
    Make sure you post a pic when it happens, too!

    And invite us to the wedding... ah scratch that... invite us to the bachelor party!!!!


  7. #17
    Lots of great choices to choose from. Sabbaday Falls off the Kangamangus would be a nice setting. How about one of those perches that look down at that lower set of falls at the Flume in Franconia Notch. The exact name of the falls escapes me but it's the one that has the Sentinal Bridge that goes over it. Bash Bish is also a great spot. Good Luck!

  8. #18
    greg, glad to see you join the discussion forums. you're post in my "review" thread of your book was excellent i especially enjoyed taking a peak at your web site and will very likely buy your book simply because of the pictures and description of race falls and bash bish which has been tossed around here. i wasn't even aware the berkshires had decent falls! just wanted to be sure you know that posting such info for free use on your web site probably earns you more sales. in the age of digital piracy, i love pointing out whenever this happens.

    also, i'm surprised to read on your web page that Arethusa Falls (as you mentioned in your post) is among your favorite falls! out of all the falls i have seen, this high drop was perhaps the one that inspired me the least. i was impressed by the rock cliff itself, but the waterfall itself i'd rank low against all others i've seen. it's a wonderful thing how people's preferences on such things differ! :cheers:

    dave, i had to laugh when i read your IM post. hope you and your 'pal' both got the tongue in cheek on my post, heheh. those would be good photo opps from accross the river, but in high water both those crossing and 'wacks won't be easy
    -Steve "Skiing is not a sport, it is a way of life." - Otto Schniebs

  9. #19
    The bugs come out in the Southern Whites about May 10. In the Northern Whites about May 14.

    Cantdog is right on with Screw Auger Falls. It is massively beautiful and also popular. When in the area of Old Speck, very less visited falls are Cascade Brook Falls, and two at Step Falls about 2 miles from Screw Auger.

  10. #20
    awesome, I'm going to go scout a few Falls this weekend, then probably do the deed the weekend of 5/1 or 5/8...I'll let everyone know what I decide on monday

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