The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Echo Lake by Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0

New Hampshire has a lot to offer landscape and nature photographers, including rugged mountains, lakes, waterfalls, deep gorges, and an abundance of unspoiled nature that is waiting to be experienced. While there are countless photographic opportunities throughout the state, on this page we’ll highlight some of the best locations. The interactive map below shows the location of each spot mentioned on this page.

This page will continue to be a work in progress, so please feel free to leave a comment with your own suggestions of great places to photograph.

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White Mountains

The White Mountains, part of the northern Appalachian Mountains, occupy a significant portion of New Hampshire and include some of the most noteworthy destinations for nature lovers and photographers. Much of the area is part of White Mountain National Forest, and there are also several state parks within the White Mountains. Below we’ll look at some specific points within the White Mountains that are great locations for photographers, and you may also want to try one of these scenic drives.

Mount Washington

Mount Washington is located in the norther part of the White Mountain National Forest, and is in the Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Mount Washington is the highest peak in the northeastern U.S. and often experience extreme weather, including very high winds. It is a popular with hikers the Appalachian Trail crosses the summit), but you can also drive to the peak using the Mount Washington Auto Road, a 7+ mile road that starts east of the mountain at New Hampshire Route 16. Mount Washington makes an excellent subject for photos, or you can reach the summit and capture the surrounding area and other peaks.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Mount Washington by Robert Linsdell / CC BY 2.0

Crawford Notch

Crawford Notch is located southwest of Mount Washington. It is a steep gorge of the Saco River that provides great views and beautiful scenery. Crawford Notch State Park includes almost 6,000 acres with hiking trails, mountain views, and waterfalls.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Crawford Notch by Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Crawford Notch by Ron Reiring / CC BY 2.0

Arethusa Falls

Located within Crawford Notch State Park. Arethusa Falls can be reached by a 1.5 mile hike. The hike is well worth the effort, as you will be rewarded with a view of the beautiful 140-foot waterfall. The trailhead is located on Route 302.

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The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Arethusa Falls by Robert Linsdell / CC BY 2.0

Bemis Brook Falls

Bemis Brook Falls is a series of small cascades that can be seen on the way to Arethusa Falls. While it is not a large waterfall, it is quite picturesque.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Bemis Brook Falls by walknboston / CC BY 2.0

Franconia Ridge Trail and Franconia Notch State Park

The Franconia Ridge Trail is part of Franconia Notch State Park, which is located in the western side of White Mountain National Forest. Franconia Ridge Trail is a popular, but challenging, trail that provides stunning mountain views. Franconia Notch State Park has several noteworthy features that are mentioned below, and it is definitely a great place for photographers.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Franconia Notch State Park by Niklas Tenhaef / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Franconia Ridge Trail by Tim Sackton / CC BY-SA 2.0

Falling Waters Trail

Falling Waters Trail is also within Franconia Notch State Park, and the Franconia Ridge Loop includes both the Franconia Ridge Trail and Falling Waters Trail. The Falling Waters Trail offers views of several waterfalls. The Franconia Ridge Loop is about 8 miles long.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Falling Waters Trail by Andrew K. Smith / CC BY 2.0

Pemigewasset River

The Pemigewasset River starts at Profile Lake within Franconia Notch State Park, and flows for about 60 miles. Within the park you can capture some beautiful photos of the river.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Pemigewasset River by Robert Linsdell / CC BY 2.0

Flume Gorge

Located within Franconia Notch State Park, Flume Gorge is a 12-20 foot wide gorge with 70-90 feet walls. A boardwalk leads you through the gorge and a longer two-mile hike is also available.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Flume Gorge by Cliff / CC BY 2.0

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Flume Gorge by Robert Linsdell / CC BY 2.0

Cannon Mountain

Cannon Mountain is a popular skiing destination that is a part of Franconia Notch State Park. It was also formerly the home of Old Man of the Mountain, a rock formation that resembled a man’s profile. Unfortunately, it collapsed in 2003. However, Cannon Mountain still has plenty to offer. There are several trails for hiking, including the Rim Trail, which will give you some amazing views from the summit. Lonesome Lake sits at the south side of the mountain and there are also trails around the lake.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

View of Lonesome Lake from Cannon Mountain / CC BY-SA 3.0

Androscoggin River

The Androscoggin River flows through parts of New Hampshire (including the White Mountains) and Maine.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Androscoggin River by jar [0] / CC BY 2.0

Champney Falls

Champney Falls is located at the southern end of White Mountain National Forest. To reach Champney Falls you will need to hike the Champney Falls Trail, which is about 3.5 miles each way. The amount of water flowing can vary greatly throughout the year.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Champney Falls by Jos Dielis / CC BY 2.0

Echo Lake State Park and Cathedral Ledge

Echo Lake State Park is located northeast of Champney Falls, within White Mountain National Forest. The park includes a trail that goes around the lake and provides an excellent view of Cathedral Ledge, a 700-foot ledge that is perfect for photographs.

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The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Echo Lake by Anthony Quintano / CC BY 2.0

Diana’s Baths

Diana’s Baths is a series of small, but beautiful, waterfalls located just a few miles from Echo Lake State Park. The falls combine to drop about 75 feet, and they can be reached with a short hike of less than one mile.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Diana’s Baths by Dan Connolly / CC BY 2.0

Sabbaday Falls

Sabbaday Falls is located in southern White Mountain National Forest. The cascading falls combine to drop a total of about 45 feet. It is reachable with a short, easy hike.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Sabbaday Falls by pfly / CC BY-SA 2.0

Rocky Gorge Scenic Area

Located in the White Mountain Nation Forest and near Sabbaday Falls and Champney Falls, the Rocky Gorge Scenic Area is another great place to photograph waterfalls. You can catch a great view from a paved walkway.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Rocky Gorge by Danny Fowler / CC BY-SA 2.0

King Ravine

King Ravine is located in the northern part of White Mountain National Forest. There are several challenging hikes within King Ravine, including the King Ravine Trail, leading to the summit of Mt. Adams. If you are up for the challenge the trail will give you great views of the steep ravine walls and mountains.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

King Ravine by Whit Andrews / CC BY 2.0

Carter Notch

Carter Notch is located east of Mount Washington in the Carter-Moriah Range. It is bordered to the west by Wildcat Mountain and to the east by Carter Dome. The notch includes a few small bodies of water and a boulder field.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Carter Notch by petersent / Public Domain

Mt. Hight

Mt. Hight is also part of the Carter-Moriah range and provides amazing views, including views of the Presidential Range. It is considered a subsummit of Carter Dome. Although it isn’t as high as Carter Dome it provides better views. Getting to the summit will require a hike, and you can get details about the hiking options from this page.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

View from Mt. Hight by John Hayes / CC BY 2.0

Kancamagus Highway

The Kancamagus Highway is a 34-mile scenic drive in northern New Hampshire that is know for beautiful fall foliage. It cuts through White Mountains National Forest and provides stunning views. There are no restaurants or gas stations along the route, but plenty is readily available at either end.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Photo by Petr Kratochvil / CC0

Lake Winnipesaukee and Mt. Major

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in New Hampshire and located south of the White Mountain National Forest. There are more than 250 islands on the lake and it has more than 280 miles of shoreline. Mount Major sits at the south end of the lake and provides an excellent vantage point for photos. There are several different trails available for hiking Mt. Major.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Lake Winnipesaukee from Mount Major by Matt Chan / CC BY-ND 2.0

Jericho Lake

Jericho Mountain State Park is home to Jericho Lake. It is located north of the White Mountain National Forest and is still being developed as a new state park. There are some trails available, and more are planned for coming years.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Jerico Lake by tpsdave / CC0

Garwin Falls

Located in southeastern New Hampshire, Garwin Falls is about a 40-foot waterfall. It is best seen in May or June when the water level is high because there is a dam upstream that can limit the flow.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Garwin Falls by LeonardVanHirtum / CC0

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse is located in New Castle, northeastern New Hampshire. The Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses dates all the way back to 1771.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse by Corey Balazowich / CC BY-ND 2.0

Isles of Shoals

The Isles of Shoals are a group of small islands off the coast of the mainland that straddle the border of New Hampshire and Maine. Star Island is one of the larger of the islands, and you can take a ferry/cruise from Portsmouth to Star Island. The islands include a few photo-worthy lighthouses.

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

White Island Lighthouse by InAweofGodsCreation / CC BY 2.0

The Best Photography Locations in New Hampshire

Star Island by InAweofGodsCreation / CC BY 2.0

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