May 27, Grafton County
by Kimberly J Tilley
A couple of Sundays ago we took my husband’s mother and step-father out on a day of hiking. We went to three waterfalls around Newfound Lake, up by Plymouth. We hiked to Rainbow Falls first. It was a short walk through some mud and mosquitos. The waterfall view has a bench to sit on and relax in front of the water flowing down over some boulders. This waterfall trail is maintained by the local Boy Scouts.
Next we went to Sculptured Rocks. This is very easy to get to. There really is no hiking involved. You park at the parking lot, be careful of the large rocks, and walk across the road. There is a bridge you can view the river from.
This is not really a waterfall, there are a couple of little plunges, but is more like a cascade. And only because of the dug outs the river has created in the rock. It is awe inspiring to see the force of water at work here, the carvings are fantastic. Cockermouth River has done a wonderful job of sculpting out the granite walls in the river.
Welton Falls was a long hike. There are roots and rocks in the path that you should be wary of. My daughter did get her foot caught and hurt her ankle. 😦
You first begin your journey through a cared for woodland that smells wonderful because of all the Pine and Spruce trees. You can set up camp in this spot. You are going to follow the river down for a while, and then you will need to cross the river. Don’t worry it’s not deep at the crossing point. After gaining a little altitude you can view the waterfall. Be careful of the edge as there needs some maintenance work done here. You can proceed and walk down to the waterfall.
As soon as we got to the river, the kids took to the water. They were swimming and looking for things to catch like Newts and tadpoles. It was very peaceful here. There is damage done on the trail and at the waterfall view point from years of harsh weather. One part of the trail had a land slide. And on the beach at the waterfall there is a very large tree down.
This waterfall is well worth the hike. To me it is tide with Champney Falls. Champney was more splendid because the cascades and falls kept going. Welton may have had a full parking lot, but we saw only a few people on the trail. Unlike Champney which was populated; there really was no quiet place to rest and take in the views. Plus we were also less bothered by the nats and mosquitos at Welton.
This tree is very interesting. The roots all around the base of the tree are growing up out of the ground. I wonder what was underneath it’s roots to make it grow like that. And where did the object go?