Chasing Waterfalls: Eliza Adams Gorge Falls

For all the posts in the Chasing Waterfalls Series, go here.

Prologue: Recently I watched the 2021 Hallmark romantic movie Chasing Waterfalls, released in July, as part of their “Spring Fling” lineup. The lead actress, Cindy Busby, plays the part of Amy Atwater, a photo journalist who goes to a remote town to find a mythical waterfall. Her co-star Christopher Russell, plays the part of Mark North, the guide at the lodge where she stays in while visiting the town.

That movie inspired me to start my own blog about Chasing Waterfalls, and featuring the local waterfalls in the State of Connecticut where I live, and also may be any waterfalls that I might come across in my trips around America and the World. Next up is the Eliza Adams Gorge Falls in Harrisville, NH.

In July I went on my very first Glamping trip with a few friends. We found these cute little glamping sites in Harrisville, NH. Each site came with all the luxuries of a hotel room, but they were set in the middle of wilderness. Of course the shared showers, toilets, firepits and grills were the things that made us pick this site. The glamping trip was a very successful and adventurous trip despite raining all night and most of the day in the beginning. Well, this post is not about glamping though. It’s about this waterfall we found on a hike that we did closer to the glamping site.

Eliza Adams Gorge Trail is a 3.5 mile out and back trail in the Monadnock – Sunapee Greenway. The trail consists of wooded paths, stones, and trickles of water trails along the way.

The day we went it wasn’t that buggy, but it typically gets a lot of buggy. The entrance to the trail wasn’t marked at all, it was just a dirt turnoff from main road leading to an overgrown path filled with mud splotches before we get to the actual trail.

We didn’t lose heart or feel turned off by the path, and moved on, cheerily chatting away. A little over a mile into the trail, we come to the beautiful Eliza Adams Gorge Falls formed from the water flowing from the Howe Reservoir Dam nearby. We could hear the falls from a distance, and couldn’t wait to reach it. But still it came as a surprise and we all yelped with joy as soon as we saw it.

Small yet powerful to look at, and the waterfall made its presence loud and clear. It felt like the little one was announcing to the world that it is not to be underestimated, and can be majestic as any waterfall that is out there. Simply beautiful sight, specially the way the light played with the shadows casting a different effect.

A little bridge over the river that opened up from the waterfall gave us a full on frontal view of the falls. We took a picture here, but missed the waterfall behind.

Here is where we met Rachel and her partner Echo, Rescue Person-In Training. She is bonding with her dog, and the pair would eventually become rescue team, helping rescue lost hikers in the Monadnock – Metacomet Mountains.

She took us further up the mountain away from the gorge, and showed us this trail shelter that is used by hikers who could camp there and spend the night before moving on with their hike the following day. I had never seen this kind of trail shelter before, but had heard about it a lot. Note the inside of the shelter, it is very sturdy and built in a way that it would keep wind and rain out.

She also mentioned that they are working on making toilets close by for hikers, and arrange for firewood so they don’t have to carry themselves or try to look for around in the woods in the night.

We came back from this beautiful Eliza Adams Gorge Falls with memories, adventure and a new knowledge.

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