June 21, 2018

Cruise the Kanc – Lower Falls


On a hot summer day, when the beach is two hours or so away, Lower Falls, a stop on the Kancamagus Highway in White Mountains National Forest and about 8 miles from Conway, NH, is a perfect destination.

Lower Falls is an extremely popular swimming place where kids of all ages can jump or slide into numerous pools and rapids.  There is one fairly good sized pool for those who just want to be in the water. Dogs are welcome, too, as long as they are well managed. There is ample parking. Coming from Conway, Lower Falls is identifiable well before the numerous signs that mark it as such.  It is frequently crowded on weekends and warm days. There is a picnic area and rest rooms.

Passes and permits vary. A day pass, however, purchased on site via honor system, is just $3.00.   So, pack a picnic lunch, load up the family, and head to Lower Falls on the Kanc.  Be sure to get an early start, though, because you won’t be the only ones heading there.

Photo credit: jason burmeister


  1. I do love these inland swimming places – uncommercial and back to nature

  2. webmaster says:

    Hi Heather,

    I completely agree with you. Some of the best places to unwind are rural swimming holes. Thanks for stopping by.



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